Testified before
the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on
the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties
Hearing

http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/hear_100422_1.html

Achieving the Promise of the Americans with Disabilities
Act in the Digital Age – Current Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities

 

ODEP Office of Disability Employment PolicyDepartment of Labor, Office of

Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) Collaborative on Accessible Workplace
Technology: 

 

 

http://www.dol.gov/odep/


The Collaborative on Accessible
Workplace Technologies, a federal Department of Labor, Office of Disability
Employment Policy (ODEP) project, focuses on advancing the agenda for accessible
workplace technologies to provide the foundation for increasing employment of
people with disabilities. Specifically, the accessible workplace provides the
infrastructure to support the recruitment, retention, and advancement of
qualified and talented employees with disabilities, and is an area of focus for
private and public sector employers. Economic Systems Inc. is the prime
contractor and Bender Consulting serves as the project director for the
Collaborative.


BookshareDIAGRAM Center for Research and
Development of Methods and Tools to Make Non-Text Content Accessible:
Tactile Graphics Working Group

http://www.bookshare.org/_/aboutUs/2010/03/diagram

The new Digital Image and Graphic Resources for Accessible Materials Center
(DIAGRAM) will develop tools and best practices that will make it easier and
more cost-effective to create and use accessible images across a range of
educational content.


CATEMeTRC:
Mathematics eText Research Center

http://cate2.uoregon.edu:8020/index.php/metrc

The Mathematics eText Research Center is a newly funded project at University
of Oregon’s Center for Advanced Technology in Education (CATE) under the
leadership of Dr. Mark Horney and Dr. Lynne Anderson-Inman. The Center is
conducting a systematic program of research over five years investigating four
research questions related to students with print disabilities in grades 4-9 in
rural, suburban, and urban settings across the United States:



The
2009 NCTI Technology Innovators Conference

http://tinyurl.com/ncti-2009

Supporting the development of a showcase of innovative
learning and assistive technology products. The event was free and open to the
public. Visitors to the Tech Expo to networked with other professionals and
learned more about emerging and exciting technologies and research designed to
improve learning outcomes for students with special needs. Tour recorded web
presentations of the exhibits by clicking on the “recorded presentation” links
below. Note that presentations are best viewed using IE. This project is
similar to last year’s project. See:

http://tinyurl.com/ncti-2008

 


Lead the Way 614-351-9730Lead
the Way III


http://lead-the-way.org/

Project partner: Central Ohio
Workforce Investment Corporation

Lead
The Way provides curriculum instruction and hands-on experience that increases
students’ access and participation in education and the local workforce.
Students are prepared to meet the needs of the local labor market. We
incorporate design features that are based upon research into what youth with
disabilities can do to prepare for themselves for a successful future. All of
the activities and events fit into the following four design features:

 


The Ohio State University Nisonger Center.
OSU
Nisonger Center
Technology
and Media Services for Individuals with Disabilities / Steppingstones of
Technology Innovation Phase II

http://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/CFAPPS/grantaward/detail.cfm?grant_fy_id=H327A090058_2009

 

Technology and Media Services for Individuals with
Disabilities Competition Steppingstones of Technology Innovation for Children
with Disabilities Title Access Tomorrow: Using E-Mentoring and Assistive
Technologies to Increase Academic and Transition Outcomes ProjectDirector

 

Central
Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation Camp-IT Project

http://www.ideal-group.org/camp-it/

This project involves teaching high school youth,
interested in going into Information Technology (IT) careers about the global
nature of the IT industry and the business benefits of accessible IT design.

 

CWDODeveloped
a website for Canadian’s with Disabilities – Ontario

http://www.cwdo.org

Citizens With Disabilities – Ontario (CWDO) actively
promotes the rights, freedoms and responsibilities of persons with disabilities
through community development, social action, and member support and referral.
Our primary activity is public education and awareness about the social and
physical barriers that prevent the full inclusion of persons with disabilities
in Ontario.


Kids using computers in school.Portable
Assistive Technology (AT) Software SmartDrive® Project

http://www.at4us.org/

Mission of
this project: To get assistive technology software into the hands everyone who
wants or needs it.

How we are
meeting our mission: We are meeting our mission by reconfiguring and enhancing
high-quality, open source assistive technology (AT) applications, and
repackaging otherwise free AT applications, so that they can execute and run
directly from high-speed flash drives. This enables its users to run AT
software on practically any PC they wish or need to use.

 

The Canadian Foundation for Animal-Assisted Support Services Customized
Service Animal News Feed:

http://www.ideal-group.org/aass/

These news feeds are updated, automatically, every hour.

 

Lead the Way 614-351-9730Lead
the Way II


http://lead-the-way.org/

Project partner: Central Ohio
Workforce Investment Corporation


Lead
The Way provides curriculum instruction and hands-on experience that increases
students’ access and participation in education and the local workforce.
Students are prepared to meet the needs of the local labor market. We
incorporate design features that are based upon research into what youth with
disabilities can do to prepare for themselves for a successful future. All of
the activities and events fit into the following four design features:


PowerPoint and Jaws Logos side-by-side.Unique
PowerPoint Course for Jaws Users

Conducting the first of its kind PowerPoint Course focused
on teaching PowerPoint to Jaws users (blind). The uniqueness of this
course is not the topic of or the students… its that the teachers are located
in Thunder Bay Ontario, Canada and the students are spread throughout Ohio. A
fully accessible, online conferencing and distance learning infrastructure is
being use to conduct the course live, via the Internet.


AndroidApps4Android.org

http://apps4android.org/products.htm

The members of IDEAL Group’s
“Apps4Android” subsidiary development team are dedicated to developing and providing
mobile device users with disabilities, free/low-cost,
high-quality, applications that enhance their quality-of-life, independence, educatability and employability. Our mission is to

“Break the notion that high-quality, portable/mobile, assistive technology
software has to be expensive.” Here’s a list of the apps we developed and
use to expand the accessibility of Android devices… as well as our
entertainment and social apps.:

http://www.accessibility-android.info/stats.htm


Onymous
Heroes, Inc.

http://onymousheroes.com

IDEAL Group’s
Onymous Heroes, Inc. subsidiary development team are
dedicate to developing entertainment and social applications that serve as
building block for Apps4Android’s assistive technology applications. Here’s a
list of the apps we developed and use to expand the accessibility of Android
devices… as well as our entertainment and social apps.:

http://www.accessibility-android.info/stats.htm


Sue Center

http://www.suecenter.org

Partnering to enhance the functionality of an incredibly
advanced, free, communication environment designed specifically for people who
cannot use a keyboard or mouse. Sue Center enables its users to do things such
as control consumer electronic devices, televisions, surf the web, control their
environment, send e-mail and text messages, play games (even Sudoku!), play CDs
and much, much more.

 

Mobility International USAMobility
International USA


http://www.miusa.org/exchange/WILD2008/index_html?searchterm=wild+2008

Provided participants in MIUSA’s 4th International Women’s
Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD)
with portable, open source, assistive technology flash drives.



Educational Futures - Powered by Technology
The
2009 NCTI Technology Innovators Conference

http://tinyurl.com/ncti-2009

 

Supported the development of a showcase of innovative
learning and assistive technology products. The event was free and open to the
public. Visitors to the Tech Expo to networked with other professionals and
learned more about emerging and exciting technologies and research designed to
improve learning outcomes for students with special needs. Tour recorded web
presentations of the exhibits by clicking on the “recorded presentation” links
below. Note that presentations are best viewed using IE. This project is
similar to last year’s project. See:

http://tinyurl.com/ncti-2008

 

LinkedinLinkedin

http://linked-in.us/

Created and manage assistive technology-focused LinkedIn
Groups in support of bringing assistive technology professional together in
support of enhance the the quality-of-life, education, independence and
employability of people with disabilities through the use of technology.


K12 Assistive Technology Professionals
Rehabilitation Technology Professionals
Assistive Technology Professionals

Disability Student Services Professionals
Section 508 Accessibility Professionals

Speech, Language, Hearing Professionals
AT SmartDrive Alliance


  • Assistive Technology Professionals – Current Members:

    This Linkedin group was created for the purpose of enabling Assistive Technology
    Professionals from around the world to network with each other, share
    experiences and support each other’s efforts to enhance the quality-of-life,
    independence, educatability and employability of people with disabilities. Join
    this Linkedin Group:

    http://www.linkedin.com/e/gis/97729

  • Section 508 Accessibility
    Professionals:

    This Linkedin group was created for the purpose of enabling Section 508
    Accessibility Professionals to network with each other, share experiences and
    support each other’s efforts to enhance the the quality-of-life and independence
    of people with disabilities accessing government resources. Join this Linkedin
    Group:

    http://www.linkedin.com/e/gis/761737

  • K12 Assistive Technology
    Professionals:

    This Linkedin group was created for the purpose of enabling K-12 Assistive
    Technology Professionals from around the world to network with each other, share
    experiences and support each other’s efforts to enhance the quality-of-life,
    educatability and independence of K-12 students with disabilities. Join this
    Linkedin Group:

    http://www.linkedin.com/e/gis/678837

  • Disability Student Services
    Professionals:

    This Linkedin group was created for the purpose of enabling
    University/College-based Disability Student Services Professionals from around
    the world to network with each other, share experiences and support each other’s
    efforts to enhance the the quality-of-life, educatability, independence and
    employability of university/college students with disabilities. Join this
    Linkedin Group:

    http://www.linkedin.com/e/gis/98469

  • Rehabilitation Technology
    Professionals:

    This Linkedin group was created for the purpose of enabling Rehabilitation
    Technology Professionals from around the world to network with each other, share
    experiences and support each other’s efforts to enhance the quality-of-life,
    independence, educatability and employability of people with disabilities
    involved in rehabilitation programs. Join this Linkedin Group:

    http://www.linkedin.com/e/gis/678847

  • Speech, Language and Hearing
    Professionals:

    This Linkedin group was created for the purpose of enabling audiologists,
    speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists to
    network with each other, share experiences and support each other’s efforts to
    enhance the the quality-of-life of people with speech, language and
    hearing-related disabilities. Join this Linkedin Group:

    http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=1775611

  • Math Accessibility Professionals:

    This Linkedin group was created for the purpose of enabling professionals,
    responsible for making mathematics accessible to individuals with disabilities,
    to network with each other, share experiences and support each other’s efforts.
    Join this Linkedin Group:

    http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=2122947

 


Camstreams: Easy Streaming
Access
for All

http://sj131264.camstreams.com/

IDEAL Group Video Camstream Webcasts: Our free
video webcasts focus on reviewing technologies designed to enhance the
quality-of-life, independence and employability of students with disabilities.

 

Groveport
Madison School District Portable Assistive Technology Project

http://accessibilityportal.org/gms/

Provide students attending
Groveport Madison School District

Schools with a unique suite of Assistive Technology
Software integrated into SmartDrives

 

International Telecommunications UnionImplemented
a Fully-Accessible Online Conferencing and Collaboration Infrastructure in
support of ITU’s

Joint
Coordination Activity on Accessibility and Human Factors
(JCA-AHF)


http://www.onlineconferencingsystems.com/itu/

The
purpose of the JCA-AHF may be summarized as awareness, advice, assistance,
collaboration, coordination and networking. It is about grasping opportunities
to improve access to the information society by people with varied capability of
handling information and the controls for its presentation. Furthermore the
JCA-AHF is about improving usability for all people, in the broadest sense.

 


Assistive
Technology News

http://www.ideal-group.org/autism/

We
are significantly expanding the live content hosted by Assistive Technology
News. Here is an example of their new Autism information resource. Enjoy!

 


Starting Wright

http://www.onlineconferencingsystems.com/wsu/

An
Interactive Web Broadcast Program to Provide Family-based Early Preparation for
College Transition and Career Success

 

 

CCClose Caption Generation Systems
Beta


http://www.accessibilityportal.org/close_caption_generation_systems.htm

Speech and keyboard-based caption generation system Beta.

 


Disabled Veterans (DVET) Program

http://www.ideal-group.org/dvet/

We are providing the online
conferencing infrastructure supporting the

TecAccess LLC
DVET program. The program is designed to ensure that veterans receive
the support, job training, and recognition they have earned through service
and sacrifice.

 

accessibilityportal.orgAn IDEAL Group, Inc. Experimental Website

http://www.accessibilityportal.org/

Advanced, client-to-client end-user captioning systems and
other advanced technology (being experiments with!)

 

 

Columbus Public SchoolsColumbus
Public Schools MP3 Player-Based Portable Assistive Technology Project

Provide students attending Columbus City Schools with a unique suite of
Assistive Technology Software integrated into an MP3 players!

 

InftyReaderInftyReader
Project

http://inftyreader.org/

We are pleased to announce that our subsidiary company,
InftyReader Group, Inc., has become the US added-value reseller of what we
consider to be the best suite of math accessibility tools available
anywhere in the world!

 


Online courses: IDEAL Group
develops and delivers online
courses focused on the global business benefits of accessible E&IT design and
enhancing the core-competencies of industry professionals

http://ideal-group.org/courses/

 

The Ohio State University Nisonger Center.OSU
Nisonger E-Mentoring

http://ideal-group.org/e-mentoring/

The E-Mentoring
Program is a contemporary and innovative program that matches students with
disabilities with mentors who have college and/or career experience.

 

Photo of Alexamder Graham Bell.Alexander
Graham Bell School


http://ideal-group.org/ag_bell/infrastructure.htm

Implementing an advanced

telecommunication infrastructure for students who participate in the Columbus
City School’s

Hearing Impaired Program
(CHIP).

 

 


GoogleAdvanced Google
Accessibility

http://ideal-group.org/google/

This is a project that showcases Web-2.0
applications that have been access/speech-enabled using AxsJAX
!

 

 


ATAccess Tomorrow




http://ideal-group.org/initiatives/access-tomorrow/
Project partner:
Ohio State University Nisonger Center

Access
Tomorrow is a project that employs an innovative model in which open source
assistive technologies (AT) are being modified to execute and run off of
portable SmartDrives. The portable SmartDrives are integrated into a
fully-accessible online learning environment which provides students with
disabilities access to a self-directed on-line transition preparation course.

This course uses the personally relevant context of transitioning from high
school to college/employment, with emphasis on online exploration of student’s
strengths, needs, skills, and career interests. In addition the course offers
opportunities for students to learn basic Information Technology (IT) skills
that are integrated into Language Arts academic standards. The above process is
being used to improve the academic and transition outcomes of high school
students with disabilities.

 


Junior AchievementJunior Achievement Program for High School Students with Disabilities


http://www.ja.org/programs/programs_high_coprgrm.shtml
Project partner:
Lead-the-Way, Columbus, Ohio


The
Lead-the-Way/IDEAL Group JA Company Program provides basic economic education
for high school students. By organizing and operating an actual business
enterprise, students not only learn how businesses function, they also learn
about the structure of the U.S. free enterprise system and the benefits it
provides. JA Company
Program
helps young people appreciate and better understand the
role of business in our society.

 

CWD-OCWDO Online Conference Center

http://ideal-group.org/cwdo/

Project partner:
Citizens with Disabilities Ontario, Ontario, Canada

A
fully accessible online conference center with advanced features.

 

 

 

Advanced math formulaeAdvanced
Math Accessibility Project (A-MAP)

http://ideal-group.org/math/ Project partner:
Ohio State University Department of Mathematics

The Advanced Transcoding and Reading Project (ATRP) is
pioneering advanced and easy ways to

render mathematics and
physics books and printed documents into fully accessible formats through
advanced transcoding processes. Imagine scanning the image to the left
and automatically having it read to you by a text-to-speech synthesizer in
correct math syntax. This functionality does not exist in

our schools and colleges today… and we
are doing it!

 

Ohio State School for the BlindOhio
State School for the Blind (OSSB)


http://ideal-group.org/ossb/

Working
in partnership with OSSB staff to accommodate the portable technology needs of
students attending participating in an eight-week program designed to foster
independent living and employment. This program provided paid internship
opportunities for each student. This project was funded by The Ohio
Rehabilitation Services Commission’s Bureau of Services for the Visually
Impaired (BSVI).

 

Ohio High School High TechOhio
High School High Tech


http://ohsht.org

Project partner: Ohio Governor’s Council on People with
Disabilities


Ohio
High School/High Tech is an enrichment program for high school students with
disabilities. It is designed to develop career opportunities and provide
activities that will spark an interest in high technology fields, and to
encourage students to pursue higher education. High School/High Tech programs
have been established in numerous sites across the state and country.

The Ohio High
School/High Tech Program, as an intervention, represents a response to a number
of factors occurring simultaneously in the U.S.:

  • The booming global
    and technology-driven economy

  • Employer skill
    expectations for the 21st Century

  • The changing
    demographics of the workforce

  • Employment statistics
    for people with disabilities—an overlooked talent pool

  • National Standards
    movement in education and other school reform efforts

  • School-to-Careers
    initiatives

 


Lead the Way 614-351-9730Lead
the Way I


http://lead-the-way.org/

Project partner: Central Ohio
Workforce Investment Corporation


Lead
The Way provides curriculum instruction and hands-on experience that increases
students’ access and participation in education and the local workforce.
Students are prepared to meet the needs of the local labor market. We
incorporate design features that are based upon research into what youth with
disabilities can do to prepare for themselves for a successful future. All of
the activities and events fit into the following four design features:


  • Basic Literacy/Information & Computer
    Technology: The focus is on services and activities requiring support such as
    tutoring to improve basic skills, homework help to increase academic
    performance, assistive technology to address accommodation needs, career
    assessments, and computer skills training & certification.


  • Transition Activities: This feature examines the
    connecting activities necessary to assist participants’ transition to their
    next phase in life – one that will hopefully provide for economic
    self-sufficiency. Activities will include information on Social Security
    Benefits, transportation, accessing medical care/services, banking services,
    and housing.


  • Work Readiness Skills: Work-based experiences
    include a range of activities that build up to on-the-job experiences. These
    include training opportunities, site visits, job shadowing, internships,
    entrepreneurial ventures, and paid employment. Such experiences are an
    essential component to promoting informed choice in post-secondary options and
    careers.


    Leadership & Self-advocacy: These youth
    development and leadership activities will help young people become
    self-sufficient and productive members of society. This design feature
    includes providing supportive adults, opportunities for developing independent
    decision-making skills, encouraging service learning, and promoting the
    development of self-determination and self-advocacy skills.

 


The EnvisionIT ProgramEnvisionIT


http://nisonger.osu.edu/Transition/EnvisionIT.htm

Project partner: Ohio State University


EnvisionIT
is a curriculum for high school students that teaches information technology
(IT) skills while helping students apply these skills to their own career
research and development of their own Transition Plan.

Every week,
students complete structured activities that help them identify their learning
styles, skills, and the occupations best matching their individual strengths.
By the end of the course, each student will:

  • Develop solid
    information technology skills

  • Complete activities
    relevant to their career choice

  • Create a Transition
    Plan outlining their move from high school into college or employment.


Accessibility
Assistant



http://accessibility.gtri.gatech.edu/assistant/assistant_home.php

Project partner: Georgia Institute of Technology


The
Accessibility Assistant is an information resource that supports the design
and procurement of accessible products and services. Information content is
organized into three categories: Accessibility Information, Products, and
Roles. Users may visit the Accessibility Information portion of the site to
obtain information about accessibility legislation and information about the
functional capabilities of people with disabilities, and to access a library
of technical reports and other documents pertaining to accessible
design. Users visiting the Products portion of the site can obtain detailed
information about specific categories of products and services. By visiting
the Roles section, users can gain a better understanding of the knowledge
needed to successfully perform a particular role or job function related to
accessible design or procurement.

 

STAT-USA

 


STAT-USA Companion to
International Marketing:


Highlighting Accessibly-Designed Information and
Communications Technology


http://home.stat-usa.gov/pub.nsf/vwNoteIDLookup/NT00008B06/$File/Companion_Final_TL.pdf

Project partners:

IDEAL Group, Inc. and The McDonough School of
Business, Georgetown University

The
STAT-USA Companion to International Business: Highlighting Accessibly-Designed
Information and Communications Technology
is
the second publication released by STAT-USA providing instruction on how to
use federal information resources in market research and analysis. Using an
effective combination of theory and practical applications, this publication
presents the basic principles of international marketing and walks readers
through how to use the available data to make informed business decisions. In
keeping with the principal objective of the inaugural 2001 publication, the
purpose of this publication is to better support international marketing, and
thereby our Nation’s economic competitiveness, through training and education.


This edition improves upon
the first in two important ways. First, it encourages companies involved in the
burgeoning assistive technology arena. U.S. companies have provided a leading
role in developing assistive technologies; yet, additional support is needed to
ensure successful international business transactions in this important and
rapidly growing niche market. Secondly, this publication includes expanded
instructional materials for the academic community. The experiential exercises
in the original


Companion


proved especially popular
among educators for use in undergraduate international marketing curriculum.
Responding to their feedback, this edition includes updated exercises and
instructions, as well as guidance for those not already familiar with the
information and databases maintained on STAT-USA/Internet and USA Trade


Online.


disability symbolsOne
Stop for Free Assistive Technology



http://onlineconferencingsystems.com/at.htm


Commercial
Assistive Technology contributes, significantly, to enhancing the
quality-of-life, independence and employability of millions of people with
disabilities. Unfortunately, many individuals, social organizations, schools and
government agencies can not afford to purchase it. Further more, there are many
additional situations that preclude people with disabilities from accessing,
using… or continuing to use commercial AT. For example, when K-12 schools
purchase AT for use by their students… the schools own the AT. Often this
situation precludes students with disabilities from being able to take the
school’s AT home with them to complete homework assignments… or to their local
libraries to help them study and surf the web with their friends.


When students graduate from high school they no
longer have access to the AT that contributed to their success and independence
as part of their K-12 education. The ability for high school students with
disabilities to transition from high school to college, or into work
environments, can also be negatively impacted.


Free Assistive Technologies can help to mitigate
these problems. It is this end that we dedicate and maintain this website.

 

Online Conferencing Systems .  Developing accessible infrsatructures... bit by bit.Accessible
Online Conferencing Systems


This project provides
accessible,
508 compliant, online conferencing solutions to many organizations on an
international basis.
Here is a copy of our Voluntary Product
Accessibility Template (VPAT):

http://onlineconferencingsystems.com/vpat/

 

Federal and State
Appointments and Expert Testimonies:


Publications:


Historical Projects
:


World Bank

http://www.ideal-group.org/World_Bank/

The objective was to
“encourage, promote and support

the development and implementation

of accessibly designed information and
communications technology (ICT), from within in developing countries, that
meet
the needs of as many people as reasonable, technically possible and economically
feasible
.”

Disability and Information Technologies Research
Alliance

http://www.dis-it.ca/retpubserv/partners.php


Partner in the
Canadian DisIT Alliance Retail and Public Services Project
;

http://www.dis-it.ca/orgdescriptions.php

Information Technology Technical
Assistance and Training Center (ITTATC)

http://www.ittatc.org/

Bush 54th Inauguration:

Integrated technology into
Bush’s Inauguration Program and Guidebook. We took technology, then being used
by the Israeli military, modified it, and came up with a method that enables a
person who is blind to scan 77 pages of text… with only one pass of a
scanner, with 100% accuracy. It was unbelievable!


Project Freedom:

Pioneered the use of
interactive video technology for sign-language communications over the Internet. What follows are links
to a video of their first pilot test. They engaged a group of students from
Horace Mann Montesory School for the Deaf to use ASL to communicate with each
other at a distance! Note: The video contains historical footage of Alexander
Graham Bell.


Smithsonian Institution:

Designed, developing
and installing accessible prototype kiosks for the Smithsonian Institution’s
American History Museum


Clinton’s Digital Divide Tour

Contracted to help
organize the event


Digital Talking Book: Vice President Gore


Internet Resource Center: 53rd Presidential Inauguration


Clinton’s 53rd Presidential Inauguration


International Leadership Forum for Women with Disabilities conference

http://www.ideal-group.org/initiatives/ilf_photos.htm


Department of Labor’s One-Stop Office of the Future Technology Project

http://workforcesecurity.doleta.gov/dmstree/tein/tein97/tein_10-97a2.pdf

Accessible Documentation Reference Tool

http://www.onlineconferencingsystems.com/accessible_documentation_ocusource_20050528/index.htm

Webcast discussing alternative
approaches to accessibility assessments

Telecommunications Access
Advisory Committee Final Report that was used, by the Access Board, to develop
their Telecommunications Act Accessibility Guidelines
(co-authored)

http://www.access-board.gov/telecomm/commrept/taacrpt.htm