AbleData - “Your Source for Assistive Technology Information”
AbleData maintains a comprehensive, annotated AT library of over 36,000 product listings in 20 categories with funding from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. The site also features a good listing of resources and links to national and international sites on the web.
CATEA - “National Public Website on Assistive Technology”
A good resource with over 22,000 products in its library. The site provides access to information on AT devices and services as well as other community resources for people with disabilities and the general public.
AT in Employment
JAN - Job Accomodation Network
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace. JAN is supported by the US Department of Labor.
Easter Seals Project Action
The primary web resource for information on accessible mobility and offers links to other specialized topics such as the use of wheelchairs in community transportation. Project Action is supported by the Federal Transit Administration.
Research and Training
Transit Cooperative Research Program
A federally funded program under the auspices of the national Transit Research Board. Offers a clearinghouse of its research reports. This research dissemination site is sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration.
Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERC)
RERCs are funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). These centers are often collaborations of multiple organizations, predominantly housed at universities throughout the country.
The AAC-RERC is a Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center that functions as a collaborative research group dedicated to the development of effective AAC technology. Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) refers to ways (other than speech) that are used to send a message from one person to another.
The Wireless RERC's mission is to promote equitable access to and use of wireless technologies by people with disabilities and encourage the adoption of Universal Design in future generations of wireless devices and applications.
RERC-ACT - Advancement of Cognitive Technologies
The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for the Advancement of Cognitive Technologies (RERC-ACT) is the nation’s first Center to conduct research and development on assistive technologies for people with cognitive disabilities.
RERC on Hearing Enhancement
Housed at Gallaudet University, this RERC conducts research, development, and training programs that promote technological solutions to problems confronting people with hearing loss.
RERC on Telerehabilitation
This RERC focuses on applying informatics technology to develop an accessible, scalable, cost-effective open, extensible and secure infrastructure to connect service providers, rehabilitation applications and consumers.
Wheeled Mobility is the research focus of this center. Mobility RERC promotes new ways of conceptualizing and understanding wheeled mobility – from the design of assistive devices that enable individuals to perform activities, to the design of a broad range of interventions that enable as many individuals as possible to actively engage and participate in the everyday community life.
RERC on Wheelchair Transportation Safety
The mission of the RERC WTS is to make measurable improvements in transportation safety, usability, and independence for people who remain seated in their wheelchairs when traveling in public, school, and private motor vehicles.
MARS-RERC Machines Assisting Recovery from Stroke
The broad intent of MARS-RERC is to develop robotic devices or machines that assist the therapist in providing treatments that are rationally based, intensive and long in duration.
OPTT-RERC Technologies for Successful Aging with Disability
The overarching objective of this RERC is to optimize participation through technology (OPTT).
WORK-RERC Workplace Accommodations
This RERC on Workplace Accommodations identifies, develops and promotes new assistive and universally designed technologies that maximize independence and participation of people with disabilities in the workplace. A primary focus of the Workplace RERC is the use of universal design concepts -- the design of products and environments to be usable by all workers, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.
RERC on Eye Research
The Smith-Kettlewell Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center develops new technology and methods for understanding, assessment and rehabilitation of blindness and visual impairment. The target population consists of persons who are blind, visually impaired, and deaf-blind.