Institute of Human Centered Design Institute of Human Centered Design is a non-profit organization committed to advancing the role of design in expanding opportunity and enhancing experience for people of all ages and abilities. Their website offers access to information about civil rights laws and codes as well as resources about consultation services, best practice, and precedents on design that go beyond legal requirements. They seek to design places and things that embrace the diversity of people in an authentic way.
Concrete Change http://www.concretechange.org/ Concrete Change is a website designed to promote inclusive home design through educating people about how to make all new homes “visitable.” The site outlines the essential features of design for all homes that make them visitable, defines visitability, and provides resources for people looking to become advocates for this process of changing the way new homes are constructed. The site includes resources, photos, and price estimations of all the recommended features of design.
The Center for Universal Design in Education, DO-IT http://www.washington.edu/doit/CUDE/ The DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center provides programs, education and resources to increase the successful participation of people with disabilities in academic programs and careers. It hosts the Universal Design in Education website that provides an outline of the principles of universal design as well provides examples of how UD can be applied to instruction services, physical spaces, and technology. In addition, the site various programs that DO-IT offers to students, faculty, and other practitioners.
International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet. http://www.icdri.org/legal/the_growing_digital_divide.htm This websites includes a paper entitled, “The Growing Digital Divide in Access for People with Disabilities Overcoming Barriers to Participation” (May 1999) by Cynthia Waddell. The paper identifies some of the emerging digital economy barriers, current efforts to address these barriers and expresses the author’s vision of the long-term policy research agenda. This highly annotated paper provides useful resources regarding this issue as the author seeks to inform the reader regarding how emerging technology can enable full participation in the digital economy for everyone, regardless of age, disability or the limitations of the technology available.
National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) http://main.wgbh.org/wgbh/pages/ncam/ NCAM is dedicated to the issues of media and information technology for people with disabilities in their homes, schools, workplaces, and communities. The website has links to information on Media Access Generator (MAGpie) for creating captions and audio descriptions for rich media and MOPix, which makes movie theaters accessible for people with disabilities. The site also includes current projects of the NCAM and various resources on accessible media.
The Center for Applied Special Technology http://cast.org CAST is a nonprofit organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals, especially those with disabilities, through the research and development of innovative, technology-based educational resources and strategies. The website outlines research and development in the area of Universal Design for Learning, provides a listing of professional development opportunities, recent UDL publications, and information of products that are based on the research of the CAST program.
The Center for Universal Design http://www.design.ncsu.edu/8120/cud/ The Center for Universal Design is a national research, information, and technical assistance center that evaluates, develops, and promotes universal design in housing, public and commercial facilities, and related products. The website provides links to necessary resources for created universal designed homes and facilities that are accessible and “livable for a lifetime.”
The IDEA Center, University of Buffalo http://www.ap.buffalo.edu/idea/ The University of Buffalo houses the IDEA Center which is dedicated to improving the design of environments and products by making them more usable, safer and appealing to people with a wide range of abilities through their life spans. IDEA provides resources and technical expertise in architecture, product design, and facilities management and the social and behavioral sciences to further these agendas. The website provides access to the Diversity in Design listserv which seeks to connect those interested in communicating with others interested in the field. Finally, the site provides access to the IDEA e-newsletter, a publications archive as well as other web-based resources on universal design.
Trace Research and Development Center http://www.trace.wisc.edu/world/ The Trace Research & Development Center is a part of the College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison. This center is dedicated to developing ways to make standard information technologies and telecommunications systems more accessible and usable by people with disabilities. The website provides general information on Universal Design, standards and guidelines as well as information on document access, websites, computers and software, telecommunications, ATMS, consumer products, EZ access interface, and modality translation The site also provides on-line design and evaluation tools as well as resources on the Trace Center’s training program.
UDHE Community of Practice http://www.washington.edu/doit/Resources/cops.html Join an international community of practice focused on Universal Design in Higher Education (UDHE) to share insights, practices and resources with others interested in systematically applying UD strategies to all aspects of postsecondary offerings—including instruction, technology, physical spaces, and student services.
Universal Design Education Online http://www.udeducation.org/ This site supports educators and students in their teaching and study of universal design. The website is divided into two sections; teaching universal design and learning more about universal design. The teaching section provides models of educator created materials that reflect “quality educational experiences in universal design.” The learning section provides access to information about what universal design is, access to information about how to further study universal design, and a list of resources that support teaching and learning about UD.
University of Guelph, Universal Instructional Design http://www.tss.uoguelph.ca/projects/uid/ This website provides information on Universal Instructional Design and the UID project which ran from May 2002- December 2003. It includes a set of principles, a handbook and workbook on UID. The site also provides access to the UID forum which is a listserv dedicated to the discussion of topics of UID as they apply to educators.
Web Accessibility Initiative, World Wide Web Consortium http://www.w3.org/WAI/ The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) works with organizations around the world to develop strategies, guidelines, and resources to help make the Web accessible to people with disabilities. The site provides resources on the essential components of web accessibility, guideline and techniques, managing accessibility and evaluating accessibility. On the site you can also find information about the various WAI work groups and their developments.
PowerPoint Accessibility Techniques: http://www.webaim.org/techniques/powerpoint/ This website provides the viewer with information and tools to make PowerPoint accessible to people with disabilities. The site provides access to the University of Illinois’s add-on to PowerPoint that converts PowerPoint slides into an accessible HTML format. It includes instructions on how to download and run the add-on as well as an example of a slideshow that was converted using this method.
ANNOTATED WEB SITES: Crip Lit Periodicals/Web Resources
Beyond Affliction: The Disability History Project. http://www.npr.org/programs/disability/ba_shows.dir/index_sh.html> Beyond Affliction: The Disability History Project is a four hour documentary radio series about the shared experience of people with disabilities and their families since the beginning of the 19th century. This Web site includes excerpts from the shows as well as many of the primary source documents - extended interviews, images, and texts- from which the on-air programs were developed. The website also includes an annotated resource section.
Disability Grapevine Online Newsletter. http://www.disabilitygrapevine.com/ Established in 2000, the Disability Grapevine Online Newspaper is dedicated to providing information on disability in the form of news and editorials. The site includes information on famous people with disabilities, links to organizations affiliated with Grapevine, resources on how to be a self-disability advocate, life stories of people with disabilities as well as a variety of links on disability.
Disability History Museum. http://www.disabilitymuseum.org/ This website promotes understanding about the historical experience of people with disabilities by recovering, chronicling, and interpreting their stories. The site includes the Disability History Museum's Library, a digital archive that only exists online which contains digital versions of images, texts, and other artifacts related to disability history. In addition the education section of the website has teacher resources and course packets.
Disability Studies in the Humanities. https://listserv.umd.edu/archives/ds-hum.html Disability Studies in Humanities (DS-HUM ) is intended to serve as a forum and bulletin-board for those interested and involved in disability studies across the broad range of humanities scholarship, not just American Studies. The site includes access to the DS-HUM listserv as well as web resources of interest, announcements regarding disability studies, and an extensive list of related syllabi.
Disability Social History Project. http://www.disabilityhistory.org/ The Disability Social History Project is dedicated to the collection of artifacts and information regarding the history of people with disabilities. This site displays the rich history of people with disabilities through timelines, exhibits and profiles of disabled people in history. Through exploring this site, you can see the way people with disabilities are reclaiming the beauty of their history through this community project.
Disability Studies Quarterly. http://www.dsq-sds.org/ Disability Studies Quarterly (DSQ) is the journal of the Society for Disability Studies (SDS). It is a multidisciplinary and international journal of interest to social scientists, scholars in the humanities, disability rights advocates, creative writers, and others concerned with the issues of people with disabilities The website includes electronic access to the journal for subscribers as well as various related links and resources on disability studies.
Institute on Disability Culture. http://www.instituteondisabilityculture.org/ Lillian Gonzales Brown and Steven E. Brown are the co-founders of the Institute on Disability Culture (IDC). This website is dedicated to education and advocacy around the issue of disability culture. The site includes biographies of the co-founders, links to books on disability culture, the disability culture fact sheet as well as examples of disability culture.
National Center on Disability and Journalism. http://ncdj.org/ The National Center on Disability and Journalism’s mission is to educate journalists and educators about disability reporting issues in order to produce more accurate, fair and diverse news reporting. Their website is comprised of a detailed links section that provides resources to educators and reporters. The links are categorized into Journalism Education -Disability Focus, Disability Bibliographies, Disability Demographics and Statistics, Disability Advocacy Organizations, Assisted Suicide, Independent Living, International Exchange Program, Parenting with a Disability, Violence and Disability, Centers on Violence & Disability, Voting, Assistive Technology & Universal Design, Education, Legal and Sports.
New Paradigm of Disability: A Bibliography. http://www.aboutdisability.com/bib.html This is an annotated bibliography of books organized by categories: Community/Culture, Disability Studies, Family, Children, & Relationships, History, Identity, Policy/Civil Rights, Children/Young Adults, and separate categories for Radio, Movies, WWW (Internet), Publications and Videos. The list is a compilation of recommendations from a diverse group of disability scholars and activists and other bibliographies.
The Ragged Edge, PO Box 145, Louisville, KY 40201. http://www.raggededgemagazine.com The Ragged Edge is an exclusively online publication that examines current and emerging public issues from a disability perspective: civil rights, politics, culture, humor, sexuality, art, technology. They publish freelance journalism, essays, poetry and fiction. The site includes submissions in the areas of non-fiction, fiction, poetry and allows viewers to register for weekly email updates and to subscribe to the editors bog.
Review of Disability Studies Journal. http://www.rds.hawaii.edu/ The Review of Disability Studies (RDS) journal is an internationally-focused academic journal in the field of Disability Studies. Their website includes information on the RDS, the editors, as well as how to subscribe to the journal electronically or in print. The first issues of the journal are available to download free through the site. In addition, the site provides resources and information for evaluators and submitters.
Society for Disability Studies. http://www.disstudies.org/ The Society for Disability Studies works to explore issues of disability and chronic illness from scholarly perspectives. Their website includes information on the Disabilities Studies Quarterly (DSQ), their annual conferences, publications as well as information regarding how to join the SDS. In addition, the site includes a comprehensive section of related links.
World Institute on Disability. http://www.wid.org/ WID is a nonprofit research, training and public policy center promoting the civil rights and the full societal inclusion of people with disabilities. Their website includes detailed information on the many programs sponsored through WID such as the California Work Incentives Initiative (CWII), Access to Assets, Health Access and Long Term Services (HALTS), International Disability and Development, Proyecto Vision, and Technology Policy. The site also provides links to the WID’s newsletter, Impact as well as their e-newsletter Equity. Lastly you can also access information on Ever Widening Circle, which is an annual evening of entertainment celebrating art and Disability with vision to reduce misconceptions about people with disabilities by showcasing the community's strengths and artistry.