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View Resource Disability Social History Project

The Disability Social History Project preserves, examines, and shares the history and culture of disabled persons. This community project provides opportunities for people with disabilities to conceptualize a group identity, advocate civil rights, and provide resources that educate the public about disabilities. The four major sections include: a timeline--spanning from 3500 BC to the...
View Resource Re-Charting the Course: The First Report of the Presidential Task Force on Employment of Adults with Disabilities

With an unemployment rate of approximately 70%, "adults with severe disabilities are one of the largest minorities in the US without jobs." The Presidential Task Force on Employment of Adults with Disabilities was formed in March 1998 "to examine programs and policies related to employment of adults with disabilities, to determine what changes, modifications and innovations may be necessary to...
View Resource Delivering on the Promise: Preliminary Report of Federal Agencies' Actions to Eliminate Barriers and Promote Community Integration

As one of his first acts in office, President George W. Bush unveiled the New Freedom Initiative to carry out his plan to tear down remaining barriers to equality for the "54 million Americans with disabilities." The President then acted on this plan with Executive Order 13217: Community-Based Alternatives for Individuals with Disabilities, asking federal agencies to work together to identify and...
View Resource Twenty-third Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

During the 1997 reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), Congress appointed the US Department of Education to perform a national assessment of all activities operating under the Act. Presented by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), this volume of the annual report to Congress regarding the implementation of IDEA contains the results of this national assessment....
View Resource The SCI Info Pages - A free Spinal Cord Injury Resource Site

Originating from one individual's personal interest in the spinal cord and everything associated with it, this Web site, created and regularly updated by M. Ginop, a quadriplegic, is a non-profit, non-commercial site designed for those who suffer directly or indirectly from spinal cord injuries or diseases of the spine. Well crafted and easily navigable, the site contains helpful information such...
View Resource The Open Interface: Beyond Keyboards and Mice

The Stanford Archimedes Project researches and develops tools that improve accessibility to information technology. This article, printed in a journal of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand, describes much of the project's current work. One of the breakthrough devices from Archimedes is the Total Access System (TAS), which provides "access to computers and other electronic...
View Resource Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center

The mission of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center at Georgia Tech is "to promote universal access to mobile wireless technologies and explore their innovative applications in addressing the needs of people with disabilities." Anticipating that wireless devices are likely to become an integral part of daily life, with applications ranging from conducting financial transactions to...
View Resource Louis Braille: His Legacy and Influence

This compelling digital exhibit pays homage to the life and work of Louis Braille, the inventor of the tactile six-dot reading and writing system which changed the way that blind people were able to understand and contribute to the world. The exhibit was created by the Library of Congress, and it complements an in situ exhibit at the Library's James Madison Building. Clicking on the "Exhibition...