Assistive Technology Overview
From WikipediaIn 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.
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 ListSubpart 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
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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 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.
|VISION||DEXTERITY and MOBILITY|
|ai Squared||Applied Human Factors|
|BAUM Retec AG||Boundless Assistive Technology|
|Boundless Assistive Technology||Madentec|
|Meridian One Speech||LEARNING|
|Screenreader||Boundless Assistive Technology|
|TACK-TILES Braille System||Metroplex Voice Computing, Inc|
|SCREEN READERS / SPEECH TECHNOLOGY / VOICE RECOGNITION|
|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|
|Thunder for Windows (FREE)|
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