Physical Accessibility

ATinNH – Assistive Technology in New Hampshire — YouTube channel of University of New Hampshire Assistive Technology project, featuring Therese Wilkomm. Videos showing how to make adapted stands, slant boards, external microphones, stylus, marker, and much more.

Seating and Positioning for Individuals Who Use AT (Assistive Technology) by Aileen Costigan, AAC-RERC. Webcast Part 1 and Part 2. Includes links to slides, handouts and transcript (in pdf and text format). "Appropriate seating and positioning is critical for use of assistive technology (AT) and participation in a variety of environments. Aileen Costigan, a certified Occupational Therapist, provides an introduction to important issues in seating and positioning for individuals who use AT."

Switch Access Basics — North Carolina Assistive Technology Program. Augmentative Communication: Where Do Pediatric Occupational and Physical Therapists Fit In? by Molly Shannon and Tammy Pereboom. Downloadable PowerPoint slide presentation. Includes access techniques and adaptive devices and equipment.

Switches—What are they and How do I use them? Glenda's Assistive Technology Information and more... Includes numerous links to helpful resources.

Removing Barriers: Tips and Strategies to Promote Accessible Communication, Produced by The North Carolina Office on Disability and Health With Woodward Communications.

The Web

Access Interface Strategies — "Individuals who rely on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices to support their communication often have physical movement challenges that require alternative methods of access. Technology that supports access, particularly for those with the most severe movement deficits, have expanded substantially over the years. The purposes of this article are to review the state of the science of access technologies that interface with augmentative and alternative communication devices and to propose a future research and development agenda that will enhance access options for people with limited movement capability due to developmental and acquired conditions."

Accessible Technology at the UW (University of Washington). "This website serves as the UW's hub for information about accessible technology. Accessible technology includes electronic documents, websites, videos, software applications, and hardware devices that can be used effectively by everyone, including students, faculty, staff, and visitors with disabilities." Includes Creating Accessible Documents, Videos, and Websites; IT Accessibility; Laws, Policies, and Standards.

Accessibility Basics. "Accessibility focuses on how a disabled person accesses or benefits from a site, system or application. Accessibility is an important part of the designing your site and should be considered throughout the development process. Section 508 is the governing principle and it requires that all government information be accessible to disabled users." Includes Best Practices for Accessible Content, References and Resources.

Accessibility—iOS. "Intuitive by design, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch also come with assistive features that allow people with disabilities to experience the fun and function of iOS. With these innovative technologies built right in, iOS devices become powerful and affordable assistive devices." Features for Vision, Hearing, Physical and Motor Skills, and Learning and Literacy.

Use Accessibility features in iOS — Learn how to turn on VoiceOver, Zoom, Invert Colors, and other Accessibility features in iOS.

How to Make the Mobile Web More Readable (and the Desktop Web, Too) Information for iPhone and iPad, Android, Desktop Web Browser

Accessible Technology—Tools and Resources. "This page provides a list of tools and resources that support accessible web development. The list was compiled with input from developers across the University of Washington, and is a work in progress. To contribute to the list, please send your recommendations to" Web and IT Accessibility Tutorials; Informative Websites; Web and IT Accessibility Resources from DO-IT; Guidelines and Standards; Standards Validation and Accessibility Evaluation Tools; Color Checkers; Browser Toolbars, Add-Ons, and Extensions; Programming, Scripting and ARIA; Mobile Development; Assistive Technologies;

Web Accessibility—Best Practices. "Sensory Characteristics: Instructions provided for understanding and operating content do not rely solely on sensory characteristics of components such as shape, size, visual location, orientation, or sound."

Widgit Insite and Widgit Point for website owners. "Insite allows you to create online content supported with WidgitSymbols in a CMS." With Widgit Point, visitors to the website see symbols appear as they hover their "mouse on a word. For emerging and struggling readers."

Working Together: People with Disabilities and Computer Technology. Video review of assistive, adaptive computer technology. (Run time: 11:32; captions, transcript that highlights phrases as read aloud)


iCanConnect "Sending an email or chatting on the phone can be challenging for people who have significant combined vision and hearing loss and don't have access to the right equipment. iCanConnect is a national program that can help. Along with free communication equipment and software, we provide training in your home, allowing you to take full advantage of the powerful features and functionality that today's communication technologies provide."

See also our list of email lists at

We're currently in the process of trying to reorganize the pages that deal with technological solutions ... for now we suggest you also look at the Technology page.