Chapter 1: Accessibility and Assistive Technology
Section 1: Accessibility Information and Technical Assistance
The Checklist can be downloaded in PDF or Text from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Fire Safety Solutions for People with Disabilities," is designed to distribute and install free smoke alarms, as well as provide Fire Safety messages to Oklahomans with disabilities. Fire Protection Publications and Oklahoma ABLE Tech, both at Oklahoma State University, have created a partnership to provide specific fire safety messages to people who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind/low vision, or mobility impaired. This program will also serve as an important example to other states so they have a model to establish their own smoke alarm distribution program for people with disabilities.
Federal laws like the Fair Housing Act require certain new housing to be accessible and usable by people with disabilities. State and local jurisdictions often have additional requirements and consumers are becoming more interested in accessible or universal design. NAHB plays an active role in developing residential accessibility standards and in advancing housing accessibility. Direct link: www.nahb.org/generic.aspx?sectionID=225&genericContentID=3092.
Paralyzed Veterans of America works to maximize the quality of life for its members and all people with spinal cord injury/disorders (SCI/D) as a leading advocate for health care, SCI/D research and education, veterans benefits and rights, accessibility and the removal of architectural barriers, sports programs and disability rights.
RESNA Technical Assistance Project provides technical assistance to state assistive tech projects authorized and funded under the Assistive Technology Act of 1998. Advises projects regarding advocacy, program management, universal design issues, state procurement actions and funding of assistive technology.
Credentialing Program provides assistive technology practitioner certificate for service providers primarily involved in analysis of a consumer's needs and training in use of a particular device.
The assistive technology supplier certificate is for service providers involved in the sale and service of commercially available devices.
United Spinal Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization. Their mission is to provide expertise, create access to resources and strengthen hope thereby enabling people with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D) to fulfill their potential as active members of their communities.
Accessible Air Travel: A Guide for People With Disabilities - Although air travel today is available to most people, barriers to access still exist. A passenger with a disability may encounter obstacles just to reach an airplane seat. To eliminate these hindrances, the federal government passed the Air Carrier Access Act of 1986 (ACAA). It is vitally important for travelers with disabilities and their companions, travel agents and others involved in air travel to know what to expect from the time an airline reservation is booked to the moment the flight touches down. The ACAA affects all aspects of air travel. This booklet provides people who use wheelchairs and other mobility aids with all the information they need to have a safe and enjoyable flight. Direct Link: http://www.unitedspinal.org/pdf/2015-accessible-air-travel-brochure.pdf .
The Access Board is an independent Federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities. Created in 1973 to ensure access to federally funded facilities, the Board is now a leading source of information on accessible design. The Board develops and maintains design criteria for the built environment, transit vehicles, telecommunications equipment and for electronic and information technology. It also provides technical assistance and training on these requirements and on accessible design and continues to enforce accessibility standards that cover federally funded facilities.
Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity webpage is designed to answer frequently asked questions on the housing rights of people with disabilities and the responsibilities of housing providers and building and design professionals under federal law. Direct link: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/fair_housing_eq....
HUD Homes - 800-225-5342
How to Find and Purchase a HUD Home.
Fair Housing Information Clearinghouse - 800-767-7468 Voice
Disseminates information and materials about Federal fair housing laws and HUD fair housing programs and initiatives. Serves private fair housing organizations, the housing and lending industry, State and local fair housing organizations, HUD staff, and individual housing consumers. Provides technical assistance on accessibility questions. In English and Spanish. Housing Discrimination Hotline.
Multifamily Housing Clearinghouse - 800-685-8470 Voice
Assists local residents, resident councils, nonprofit groups, housing authorities and HUD offices on issues such as resident rights and programs for the elderly and disabled. Provides application packets for these programs.
Manufactured Housing System - 800-927-2891 Voice
Manufactured housing information. Single Family Housing Headquarters staff answer calls.
Title I Note Servicing - Asset Recovery - 800-669-5152 Voice
The Asset Recovery Division of the Albany Financial Operations Center provides callers with information about Title I Property Improvement or Manufactured Home Loans transferred to HUD for collection; includes inquiry for payoff balance, lien release, or regarding income tax refund or other administrative offset.
Housing Counseling Clearing House - 800-569-4287 Voice
Information for counseling participants.
Housing Discrimination Hotline - 800-669-9777 Voice, 800-927-9275 TDD Provides information for callers about Fair Housing Rights. Records consumer complaints of unfair treatment or discrimination. In English and Spanish.
Note: Where TTY numbers are not shown, deaf and hard of hearing individuals can call via the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339 (8 AM - 8 PM EST.).
DisabilityInfo.gov is the federal government's one-stop Web site for people with disabilities, their families, employers, veterans and service members, workforce professionals and many others. A collaborative effort among twenty-two federal agencies, DisabilityInfo.gov connects people with disabilities to the information and resources they need to actively participate in the workforce and in their communities.
Under Section 504 and the ADA, state and local government programs must make their facilities and services accessible and usable by people with disabilities. Businesses and commercial facilities must also make their goods and services equally available to persons with disabilities. Acquiring adaptive devices, such as a TTY for use by deaf or hard of hearing customers, may help agencies and businesses comply with the law.