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Assistive Technology Overview

From Wikipedia

In 1998 the US Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act to require Federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, to make available new opportunities for people with disabilities, and to encourage development of technologies that will help achieve these goals.



STAT!Ref® Online Section 508 Compliance

Teton Data Systems in as much as it is required to conform to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act has done so by using the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template™ for its product STAT!Ref Online.

The term Electronic and Information Technology (EIT) stated in the Act is broad and ultimately applies to just about any and all devices or software.

STAT!Ref is mostly but not completely 508 compliant and many items are not applicable. It is an ongoing effort to include the best accessibility options with new feature and additions to STAT!Ref Online. STAT!Ref has reviewed 508 compliance annually for the last 5 years. Our VPAT Form is available by request.
Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Standards (Section 508)

Compliance Check List

Subpart B — Technical Standards
Section 1194.21 Software Applications and Operating Systems - Not applicable
Section 1194.22 Web-based internet information and applications - Supports with exceptions
Section 1194.23 Telecommunications Products - Not applicable
Section 1194.24 Video and Multi-media Products - Not applicable
Section 1194.25 Self-Contained, Closed Products - Not applicable
Section 1194.26 Desktop and Portable Computers - Not applicable

Subpart C — Functional Performance Criteria
Section 1194.31 Functional Performance Criteria - Not applicable

Subpart D — Information, Documentation, and Support
Section 1194.41 Information, documentation, and support - Supports with exceptions
Request our VPAT Form for a more detailed summary.


Apple Accessibility

APPLE - Accessibility Overview
For more than 20 years, Apple has provided new and innovative solutions for people with disabilities, allowing them to access — and enjoy using — the Mac, iPod, iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.

Apple includes assistive technology in its products as standard features — at no additional cost. For example, iPhone, iPad, iPod, and OS X include screen magnification and VoiceOver, a screen-access technology, for the blind and visually impaired. To assist those with cognitive and learning disabilities, every Mac includes an alternative, simplified user interface that rewards exploration and learning. And, for those who find it difficult to use a mouse, every Mac computer includes Mouse Keys, Slow Keys, and Sticky Keys, which adapt the computer to the user’s needs and capabilities.


Microsoft Accessibility

MICROSOFT - Accessibility in Microsoft Products
Make your computer easier and more comfortable to use by taking advantage of the many accessibility features built into Microsoft products.

Assistive technology products are specialty hardware and software products (such as screen readers and voice recognition products) that provide essential accessibility to computers for those with significant vision, hearing, dexterity and mobility, language and communication, or learning needs.


Assistive Technology Resources

Links to assistive technology resources by catagory
ai Squared Applied Human Factors
BAUM Retec AG Boundless Assistive Technology
Boundless Assistive Technology Madentec
Dolphin Origin Instruments
Enabling Technologies Tobii
Freedom Scientific HEARING
gh ClickHear
GW Micro iCommunicator
Meridian One Speech LEARNING
Screenreader Boundless Assistive Technology
Serotek Crick Software
TACK-TILES Braille System Metroplex Voice Computing, Inc
Claro Read PC/MAC - Claro Software
COBRA 10 - BAUM Retec AG - Germany
Dragon Naturally Speaking - Nuance
JAWS - Freedom Scientific
Jaws for Windows - Japanese
Orpheus Text to Speech - UK
SuperNova 13 - Dolphin Computer Access
System Access
Thunder for Windows (FREE)


Disclaimer: Teton Data Systems a.k.a. STAT!Ref does not in any way endorse the products offered by the companies in this list. STAT!Ref is not responsible for the information contained on the sites linked to from this list, the accuracy of that information, or the language used to describe their products. This list is not a comprehensive listing of all manufacturers of accessibility products.


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