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Aug 1, 2012


Technical Bulletin: Text Telephones (TTYs) (Access Board) 2003.

Use of Toll-Free Numbers for Video and IP Relay Service (FCC) 2012

Aug 1, 2012

Technical Assistance

Welcome to the Southwest ADA Center technical assistance page.

Information Technology (IT) Assistance to Schools
Access to information technology is critical to the success of students with disabilities—both in school and in their lives beyond. Unfortunately, in too many educational settings, IT is inaccessible to students with disabilities. We offer technical assistance to schools and other educational entities as a way to promote the acquisition and use of accessible IT. Specifically, we offer assistance on meeting the requirements of the Rehabilitation Act and the Telecommunications Act. These laws complement the ADA by requiring removal of electronic barriers in education.

Aug 1, 2012


“The Fair Housing Act: Non-discrimination Requirements & Construction Standards”

An informative one-day training being held Tuesday, April 27 at TIRR (Located at 1333 Moursund – in the Medical Center**)

The training will be divided into two sessions. Participants may attend one or both trainings. However, you must register for the desired session(s) by April 23. The morning session will focus on consumers and advocates concerns / rights/ etc., and the afternoon session will be focused on the advanced architectural issues confronted by architects and builders.

Sample topics that will be discussed include:

  • General non-discrimination requirements
  • Homeowners associations and condos – What recourse do people with disabilities have when the associations insist on something that is in conflict with the Fair Housing Act?
  • Common areas in multi-family dwellings – Which areas must be accessible?
  • When architectural changes are made in common areas, who pays?
  • Parking in apartment complexes – What are the general requirements? When must the complex provide accessible parking near someone’s residence as an accommodation?

Space is limited and will be based on a first received – first seat basis. Walk-ins will not be allowed to attend the training. All disability-related accommodation requests MUST be made no later than April 12, 2004.

*CEU credits may be available. Those desiring CEU credits will have a minimal cost of $20.
**All day parking at the medical center will cost approximately $10.

  • 8:30a.m. – Registration
  • 9a.m. to 12 p.m. – The Fair Housing Act and People with Disabilities
  • If attending both sessions, lunch is on your own – A cafeteria is located on the premises.
  • 12:30p.m. – Registration for the afternoon session
  • 1p.m. to 3:30p.m. – Design and Construction Standards in New Multi-Family Dwellings
Aug 1, 2012

DBTAC Publications

Feature Publications:

Jul 31, 2012

Disability Law Handbook

The Program “Guidelines for the integration of disabled people in the company” was founded in 2001 by a partnership between the Foundation and the (DBTAC) Southwest ADA Center, with the specific objectives to help businesses

improve professional integration of persons with disabilities, transforming them from taking legal obligation to opportunities to enhance and make productive, and to increase the accessibility of goods and

services produced so that they can be enjoyed by people with special needs, and in particular people with disabilities.

The increase in productivity, which can be found also quantitatively, is one of the reasons why the program was immediately great interest by several companies.

Since 2001, in fact, the program has grown, enriched with significant contributions and interventions from various different organizations.

Currently part of the working group and regional municipal governments, large public, mid-sized and large.

Jul 31, 2012

Diverse Ability & Accessibility in Information Technology (DAAIT)

Helping You Enhance the Usability of IT with Universal Design Strategies in Schools

Information technology (IT) that can be operated by users with diverse abilities is considered “universally accessible”. Accessible information technology can allow any user, including users with a wide variety of disabilities, to utilise IT in the school setting. In addition, universally accessible IT may serve to allow users to readily find and use a built-in feature (like a screen reader or text-to-speech function in a network operating system) that would work with the ability that a user has good use of (such as a visually impaired user’s auditory ability).

DiverseAbility.Net is an introduction to resources, tools and connections that apply to the universal design of IT in education for users with diverse abilities. The following represents an effort to combine federal legal requirements with best practices in meeting the needs of users with diverse needs and abilities in the IT setting. Where relevant law is applicable, it is referenced. Consider the remainder of the content to be recommendations to how best to approach the worthy goal of making your IT accessible.

  1. Why MUST you Consider User Accessibility?
    • Universal Accessibility Policy Tool for Information Technology (IT)
    • Strategy for incorporating guidelines in the Enhancing Education Through Technology
  2. The Essentials: Keeping User Accessibility in mind with Websites, Software Programs, Operating Systems, Networks & Facilities
    • DiverseAbility Matrix: Identifying ways to meet diverse user needs with assistive technology software & hardware features.
    • Universally Accessible Workstation: A cost analysis for creating a universally accessible computer work station
    • Built-In Windows Accessibility Features and Utilities: Enhancing Usability for Diverse Users: A Reference Tool for Universally Designed Information Technology.
    • Full-Featured Options to Meet Individual Needs Using Assistive Technology Software.
    • Resources.
Jul 31, 2012

Assistive & Information Technology Resources

Accessible Information Technology Resources:

  • Understanding Accessibility
    This book introduces the accessibility initiative and its challenges and provides a complete reference on accessibility remediation. It also provides guidelines for accessible Web design, and information that will assist organizations in integrating accessibility into their existing quality assurance and content management practices.
  • Technology Integration in Education
    Information for teachers, section on special needs and assistive technology
Jul 31, 2012

Welcome to the DBTAC Southwest ADA Center Webinar Page!

Webinar Calendar:

  • Pre-recorded (TBA): Travel and the ADA presented by Aaron McCullough (Three-part series)
  • TBA: U.S. Department of Justice Enforcement Activities presented by Toni Pochucha and Regina E. Morgan, Investigators for the U.S. Department of Justice, Disability Rights Section.
  • TBA: Accommodations for People with Disabilities