West Virginia Assistive Technology System

Higher Education Web Resources

  • AHEAD - Higher Education and Students with Disabilities
    AHEAD is an international membership organization for people who are involved with the development of policies and also is interested in providing services to meet the needs of people with disabilities in higher education.  For over 30 years, AHEAD has provided quality training for higher education personnel through conferences, workshops, etc.  AHEAD promotes full participation and equality among people with disabilities who are interested in higher education.
  • Captioned Educational Media Information
    Captioned Educational Media Information provides and promotes equal access to communication and learning to students who have visual or hearing impairments.  An array of information and material is provided on the subject of description of captioning for services to consumers, agencies, corporations, and schools. The DCMP assists in marketing accessible educational media services and products by having a database of these materials for purchase from producers and distributors. 
  • Communicating with People with Disabilities
    The Disability Resource Center (DRC) is located at the University of Georgia, and their main goal is how to communicate with people with disabilities.  The DRC promotes an accessible academic, social, and physical environment for students who have disabilities.  There are many types of assistive technology that can be provided to students with various disabilities.
  • How to be a Sighted Guide
    How to Be a Sighted Guide is information provided by the American Foundation for the Blind on how to be an aid to someone with low vision.  This site provides the proper techniques and etiquette if one has to communicate and help someone with low vision
  • Preparing for College: An Online Tutorial
    This online tutorial is designed to help high school students make the transition a much smoother one. The tutorial includes steps that a student should take to prepare themselves for postsecondary education including searching for a school and applying for acceptance. The tutorial encourages students to become academically prepared for college, consider different types of majors and to consider what accommodations they might need and learn what typical accommodations are provided on college campuses.
  • Removing Barriers: Tips and Strategies to Promote Accessible Communication
    Removing the Barriers is general information on how to make books, videos, etc. for people who may have certain disabilities.  It provides pertinent information on how to communicate with people with various disabilities and how to make information more accessible to them.  It also describes  some services that people could use in order to make communication become easier.
  • Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities
    The U.S. Department of Education does discuss the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities who are attending post secondary education.  Their mission is to provide an equal educational opportunity for every individual who wants to acquire a higher education.  It is an agency of the federal government that establishes policy for administrators and coordinates most federal assistance to education.

Accessibility Resources

  • CATEA - Access E-Learning
    Access E-Learning is a tutorial of the Georgia Tech Research on Accessible Distance Education (GRADE) project at Georgia Tech.  There are 10 modules that offer information, instructional techniques and practice to make distance learning more accessible for students with disabilities.  It also enhances the usability of online materials for all students.
  • GRADE Project - Fact Sheets for making accessible distance education
    The GRADE project provides fact sheets about people with different disabilities and how to make distant learning more accessible to them.  It provides information on students with hearing disorders, visual impairments, and seizure disorders.  The manner in which the educational information should be presented online is described to make learning easier for everyone.
  • MathML editors
    The W3C MathML software list is a directory of the software that uses MathML.  Its purpose is to show the large number and diversity of software supporting MathML.
  • National Center for Accessible Media
    The National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) is a research and development facility that investigates the issues of media and information technology for people with disabilities in their homes, work, etc.  Their goal is to provide greater access of media for people with disabilities, to see how technologies could benefit other populations, and to provide educational information to students with special needs.
  • Oregon State University, Department of Physics - Science Access Project
    The Science Access Project is a group that is located at Oregon State University.  The main goal of this group is to develop methods for making science, math, and engineering programs accessible to people with visual disabilities.  Some of the products and projects include Braille technology, accessible graphing calculator, scientific word processor for the blind, etc.
  •   Section 508 Tutorial - Developing Accessible Software
    The 508 Section Tutorial is a site explaining how to develop accessible software.  It is a program for a six-function calculator called SFCalculator, and this site explains how to set up different programs on the calculator for easier access.
  • University of Florida, Office of Academic Technology - Online Accessibility Tutorial
    The University of Florida created an online tutorial about how to make computers more accessible to people with certain disabilities.  It describes  the importance in understanding the need for people to make computers easier to use.  The site explains the different techniques to make technology more compliant, and it describes how to use and make different web designs in order for websites to become more accessible
  • University of Maryland University College - Accessibility in Distance Education
    The University of Maryland made a website called Accessibility in Distance Education (ADE).  The ADE website focuses on helping faculty members develop accessible online materials for people with disabilities.  It also addresses common accessibility questions, such as, the meaning of accessibility, legal issues, understanding disabilities, etc.

Transition

  • Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities
    The U.S. Department of Education discusses the rights and responsibilities that students with disabilities have going into post-secondary education. They answer many common questions that students with disabilities may have in taking their education further, such as, rights, academic adjustments, discrimination, etc. The Disability Services Office (DSO) at North Carolina University  supports the ongoing development of an accessible university that embraces diversity.  The DSO presents the laws and rights for people with disabilities, the university's responsibilities, and the student's responsibilities.
  • iTransition
    iTransition is a free, online transition curriculum to help students with hearing disabilities for life after high school.  There are four separate trainings and activities to help students learn about themselves, their career goals, and the skills they need in order to be successful in the future.  This program was designed for ages 14-adult.
  • Transition from High School to College
    University of Washington has an online tutorial for students with disabilities preparing for college.  This site provides information and many links on the steps that one would have to take in order to be ready for college.  They encourage the use of computers and other technologies in order to increase independence, productivity, and participation in college and careers.

Advising Students Who Have Disabilities

  • Connecting Students with Hidden Disabilities to Resources
    The NACADA is attempting to connect students with hidden disabilities to the resources that they may need in order to be successful in college.  The number of students with psychiatric problems entering college are increasing, and this website addresses the laws, rights, and responsibilities of the university and students.  There are some counseling techniques that are given to present how to properly address students who may be struggling with a disability.
  • Equal Access: Universal Design of Advising
    The University of Washington supports a universal design that provides equal access to every student.  They address the advising services and legal issues that are established.  The website also discusses proper advising techniques for students with disabilities in order to increase success for the future and making an accessible environment for every student.  
  • Finessing the Academic and Social-Emotional Balance: A Revised Developmental Advising Model for Students with Learning Disabilities or AD/HD
    NACADA is attempting to make a model for advising students with a learning disability.  Advisor perceptions of and responses to the social and emotional needs of college students with learning disabilities and deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) are in the process of being studied.  They list some guidelines that an advisor may need in helping students cope with the challenges they may have in a college setting.
  • Students with Emotional Disabilities: Responding to Advisors' Concerns and Questions  
    NACADA provides information to the questions that advisors may be concerned with when dealing with students with emotional disabilities.  Since there is an increasing number in students with emotional disabilities attending college, many academic advisors have only a limited amount of information on the best way to accommodate these students.  This article provides academic advisors and university professionals with background information related to working with students with emotional disabilities.

Accommodations and Assistive Technology

  • APHont, a font for Low Vision
    APHont was developed by APH specifically for low vision readers. APHont has characteristics that have been shown to enhance reading speed, comprehension, and comfort for people who read large print.  This program is available free of charge on the APH website.
  • DO-IT Faculty Room
    The Faculty Room is a space for faculty and administrators at postsecondary institutions to learn how to make the academic activities and environment accessible to every student.  There are training materials and publications on this site that will help those who need to better understand how to maximize the learning process of every student, including those with disabilities. 
  • Linux Accessibility HOWTO
    The Linux Accessibility HOWTO covers the use of adaptive technologies that are available for the Linux operating system, as well as the software applications and hardware devices that can be installed to make Linux accessible to users with disabilities. The information provided targets specific groups of individuals with similar disabilities.
  • MathPlayer for displaying MathML
    Design Science MathPlayer enables Internet Explorer to display mathematical notation in webpages. It is based on MathML technology and requires Internet Explorer for Windows Version 6.0 and later. This program can be downloaded for free on the Design Science website.
  • Project Opportunity & Access
    The Project Opportunity and Access is a project that is to increase the knowledge of staff and faculty at postsecondary institutions on providing education services to students with disabilities.  There is nationwide data that states that students with disabilities are more likely to drop-out than  those without disabilities.  Therefore, it is important to gain the necessary knowledge in order to aid in the success for every student's future.
  • Providing Academic Visual Supports
    The Disability Services Office at North Carolina University promotes using and providing academic visual aids.  Some students may learn best when given visual information, and this document provides additional suggestions on how visual aids should be used and distributed.
  • ReadPlease, Text-to-Speech software
    ReadPlease 2003/ReadPlease Plus 2003 reads any text you see on the screen. It is an all purpose text-to-speech software, and a free trial of this software can be downloaded on the ReadPlease Home website.
  • Tech Connections' guide to Accessible Calculators
    The Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA) is located at Georgia Tech College of Architecture.  They are involved in many projects, such as, Barrier-Free Education and Information, Workplace Accommodations, Wheeled Mobility and Seating, etc. to better accommodate people with disabilities.
  • Tipsheets regarding students who are deaf or hard of hearing
    RIT provides Tipsheets as a quick reference source for teachers, students, or anyone who works with or supports people who are deaf or hard of hearing.  These Tipsheets could be downloaded from the Northeast Technical Assistance Center's Home website.

Study Abroad

  • Access Abroad: Is There A Way To Get There?
    TransitionsAbroad.com is a website that gives necessary information to students with disabilities who are interested in studying abroad in their postsecondary education.  They advocate for the promotion of study abroad programs to people with disabilities, and this site presents ways to advise and provide information to students who are interested in studying abroad. 
  • Learning Abroad Center
    Access Abroad is a collaborative effort at the University of Minnesota between the Learning Abroad Center and Disability Services to provide information on the accessibility at Learning Abroad Center overseas sites.  The staff helps students in identifying and obtaining reasonable accommodations to help plan for a successful international experience.
  • Mobility International USA
    Mobility International USA empowers people with disabilities around the world to achieve their human rights through international exchange and development.  There are many programs and services that are provided to give information to people with disabilities who are interested in working, volunteering, or participating in other countries.
  • Travel Guide
    This guide is a travel resource and is full of useful information for travelers, especially students. It goes over travel planning and checklists, travel safety, foreign travel, passports and visas, health while traveling, studying abroad and more.