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Technical Aids/New Technologies

(Organisations, information platforms, databases regarding assistive devices for everyday living and workplace, and accessibility of information technology)

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ABLEDATA is a federally funded project whose primary mission is to provide information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources to consumers, organizations, professionals, and caregivers within the United States

Extensive Information collection and search engine for all kinds of disabilities

International Commission on Technology and Accessibility
The International Commission on Technology & Accessibility (ICTA) initiates, facilitates and provides information regarding technology and accessibility through the World Wide Web. This information is available to people with disabilities, advocates and professionals in the field of disability, researchers, legislative bodies, and the general community

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies from more than 140 countries, one from each country. ISO is a non-governmental organization established in 1947. The mission of ISO is to promote the development of standardization and related activities in the world with a view to facilitating the international exchange of goods and services, and to developing cooperation in the spheres of intellectual, scientific, technological and economic activity

International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC)
The Mission of ISAAC is to improve communication and the quality of life for people with severe communication impairments. ISAAC does this by advancing the field of AAC, facilitating information exchange and focusing attention on work in the field

Web Accessibility Initiative
WAI, in coordination with organizations around the world, pursues accessibility of the Web through five primary areas of work: technology, guidelines, tools, education and outreach, and research and development


Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AATE)
aims: to create the awareness of assistive technology, to promote Research & Development of assistive technology, to contribute to knowledge exchange within the field of assistive technology e.g. by arranging, to promote information dissemination

Design for All - Assestive Technology Award
Two panels of distinguished professionals from the Design for All and Assistive Technology sectors as well as representatives from the European Commission and the European Disability Forum will judge entries from industry, research and development companies, institutes, design professionals, innovators and design students

Europäische Union
Information of the European Commission about the accessibilty of Web sites and EU-activities in the area of New Technologies

European Institute for Design and Disability
The founding philosophy of the Institute has been design-for-all, a philosophy which aims to improve the life of everyone through design.
This website is intended for any professional with an interest in design for all. The site contains information on product, graphics, transport, interior and access design and will soon have information on standards and other data

ISdAC International Association
ISdAC was established in 1998 to ensure that people with disabilities were included and integrated into the Information Society

Rehacare Newsletter
Newsletter of the Rehacare - the internationaltrade fair for those with special needs and those requiring care. News about disability, rehabilitation, care and assistive devices

European countries


Fortec Rehabilitation Technology
Established in 1986, Fortec's mission is to intensify and consolidate efforts related to research and development of new technical solutions for disabled and elderly people. Fortec is part of the Vienna University of Technology

Handynet Östereich
Database with information about assistive devices, Austrian organizations for the disabled and self help groups

Kompetenznetzwerk KI-I
Network on information technology to facilitate the integration of disabled people


Kennis- en OndersteuningsCentrum
Information centre and database for assistive devices


Danish Centre for Accessibility
Information centre for accessible building, product design, transport, and information technology

Danish Centre for assistive devices for rehabilitation and training


French Database regarding assistive technology

French Database regarding assistive technology

development and research in the field of technical aids

Organisation for the development and research in the field of technical aids for assisting disabled and elderly people in everyday life


Aktionsbündnis für barrierefreie Informationstechnik (AbI)
Alliance of organisations and experts to facilitate and support barrierfree information technology

Arbeitskreis Barrierefreies Internet, AKBI e.V.
Checks Internet presences concerning barrierfreedom and accessibility

Barrierefrei kommunizieren
Information on barrier-free Web sites and internet.

BIK (barrierefrei informieren und kommunizieren)
Analysis of profession-related Internet presences

BIKA - Barrierefreie Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologie für Alle
BIKA supports authorities and businesses in designing and implementing barrier-free Web sites

Das Himlis-Projekt
List of products with adresses of manufacturers of assistive technology for the visually impaired and blind

DIAS - Daten, Informationssysteme und Analysen im Sozialen
Analysis of the employment of assistive technology, valutation of the serviceability of assistive devices for the blind

Forschungsinstitut Technologie Behindertenhilfe
Research and information in the area of assistive devices. Supports in designing and implementing barrier-free Web sites

Einfach für alle
Information on designing barrier-free Web sites

IBM Accessibility Center
Information and offers concerning barrier-free Web site design

IKK - Hilfsmittelanbieter
Information about the reimbursement of costs by health insurcance organisations concerning assistive devices. The platform offers a FAQ-list and a search for manufacturers of assistive devices for which reimbursement is possible.

Information about computer devices for blind and partially sighted people.
Product tests of assistive devices for blind and partially sighted people

Kompetenz für Barrierefreies Internet (KfbI)
Platform for barrier-free Web site design and internet

Kompetenznetze Medizintechnik
Information about further developments in the area of medical technology

Orthopädie-Technik Forum
Information about orthotics, prostheses, medical supplies

orthoPoint was the first independent website to help out amputees, people with Spinal Cord Injury and deaf people in Germany. But this website also designed for their friends and
families, medicals, teachers and other therapists. Information about prosthesis, wheelchairs, hearing aids was given for increasing mobility (in a extensive sense) of our user.

Rehacare Newsletter
Newsletter of the Rehacare - the internationaltrade fair for those with special needs and those requiring care. News about disability, rehabilitation, care and assistive devices

Stiftung Digitale Chancen
Information and links about disabled people and the use of the Internet

Technik für Behinderte
Company for consulting and training concerning assistive devices. Distributor of rehabilitation technology for people with disabilities

Web for all
Checks Web sites concerning accessibility for disabled and old people, supports in designing and implementing barrier-free Web sites

Web ohne Barrieren
Model contract for target agreements concering accessible technology

Laws, guidelines and tips concerning Web without barriers

Great Britain

AbilityNet UK
AbilityNet brings the benefits of computer technology to adults and children with disabilities. Through a number of centres around the country it offers a comprehensive range of services to disabled people, professionals, employers and statutory bodies

Bath Instititute of Medical Engeneering (BIME)
Design and manufacturing of assistive devices for elderly and disabled people

A comprehensive directory of information and web sites for the disabled.

Foundation for Assistive Technology
Information on the development of assistive technology for people with disabilities

TechDis Accessibility Database
This site provides an on-line resource of information about products which are available to assist those with disabilities. The resource is designed to provide information on assistive, adaptive and enabling technologies to the United Kingdom Higher and Further education sectors

Technical Eqiupment for Disabled People
A network of about 1500 volunteers that help to modificate existing equipment to the needs of people with disabilities

The Disability Information Trust
The Disability Information Trust is a registered charity that specialises in the assessment and testing of disability equipment and the publication of independent, verified and in-depth information on that equipment


Dodecanese Association of Disabled People
All the greek legislation concerning disability, greek norms of accessibility, tourism and vocational training


Disability on the Internet
Link collection (Italy and international) referring to all sectors of disabled living, especially assistive devices

Seroizio Informationi e Valutazione Ausili
assistive technology information and research service

Portale SIVA
Centre for research and information on assistive devices in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs


Adapth asbl
Non-profit organization working in the field of technical aids for disabled and elderly people in Luxembourg. Covered domains are accessible housing, transportation, working places, education and daily life


Increasing the IMPACT of Assistive Technology
The project aims to increase the awareness of and knowledge about assistive technology amongst professionals in health and social services

iRv Hulpmiddelen Wijzer
The Institute for rehabilitation research aims to bridge theory and practice,
thus contributing to the improvement of interventions, services and assistive
technology for people with long lasting disabilities


CEAPAT: Centro Estatal de Autonomía Personal y Ayudas Técnicas
National Centre for indenpendent living and assistive technology


Swedish Handicap Institute
information on (technical) aids, barrier-free living etc.


Assistive Technology mainly to improve mobility

IVB Invaliden Verein Basel
Links on assistive technology, partly sorted for the kind of disability

WAB: World Wide Web Access for Blind and Visually Impaired Computer Users
Easier web-surfing for partially sighted or blind people

non-European countries


Australian Rehabilitation & Assistive Technology Association
ARATA is an association whose purpose is to serve as a forum for issues in rehabilitation & assistive technology. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the use of assistive technology for people with disabilities

Independent Living Center of South Australia
A large source of information on all aspects of living with a disability for people with disabilities. Most aids are with pictures

TADVIC - Technical Aid to the Disabled
TADVIC is an organisation whose volunteer members design, construct or modify equipment for people with disabilities, provided no commercially available product or service will meet their needs

Technical Solutions Australia
Information on assistive technology for people with disabilities.

The Disability Information and Resource Center South Australia
Centralised, independent organisation capable of providing information relating to any aspect of disability


Accessible Procurement Toolkit
Information on assistive technologies in the subcategories computer aids, general office accommodations, personal (manual) aids and stand-alone aids.

Directory of all assistive devices companies in Canada

Tetra Society of North America
The purpose of Tetra is to recruit skilled volunteer engineers and technicians to create assistive devices for people with disabilities

The Adaptive Technology Resource Center



New Zealand

The Royal New Zealand Foundation for the Blind
Services, Training and assistive technology for blind people.


Disabled People's Association Singapore
ENABLEnet is a computer database of information related to enabling services and technologies for people with disabilities


ABLEDATA is a federally funded project whose primary mission is to provide information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources to consumers, organizations, professionals, and caregivers within the United States

database on technical aids

Alliance for Technology Access
The Alliance for Technology Access is a network of community-based Resource Centers, Developers and Vendors, Affiliates, and Associates dedicated to providing information and support services to children and adults with disabilities, and increasing their use of standard, assistive, and information technologies

Diverse resource for assistive technology (AT) and disability-related information for people with disabilities, family members, service providers, educators, employers

Assistive Technology Industry Association
Non-profit membership organization of organizations manufacturing or selling technology-based assistive devices for people with disabilities, or providing services associated with or required by people with disabilities

Assistive Technology Partnership
The Assistive Technology Partnership helps Nebraskans with disabilities to obtain assistive technology devices and services

Assistive Technology Program
Assistive Technology Program at the University of Massachusetts to provide the needs of people with disabilities

Center for Assistive Technology
The Center for Assistive Technology (CAT) was established within the School of Health Related Professions in 1988. CAT conducts research, education and service programs in assistive technology for people with disabilities and the elderly

Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST)
A non-profit organization that uses technology to expand oppurtunities for all people, including those with disabilities

CITA - Center for IT Accommodation
Information and links on technology-related assistance for individuals with disabilities

Disability on the Internet
Link collection (Italy, USA and international) referring to all sectors of disabled living, especially assistive devices

Links on assistive technologies for people with disabilities

Dynamic Living
Kitchen products, bathroom helpers and unique daily living aids designed for seniors, busy parents and people with arthritis, limited vision or other physical challenges

Dreams for Kids, Inc. - Assistive Technology Solutions
Assistive Technology information clearinghouse, which is committed to increasing the use of computers, high quality instructional technology, and assistive technologies for students with special needs in schools, homes and the workplace

EASI - Equal Access to Software and Information
Provider of online training on accessible information technology for people with disabilities

msn - Adaptive and Assistive Technology
Assistive Technology Online Community: online source for finding information, news, products and services on Assistive and Adaptive Technology for people with disabilities

New England - Assistive Technology Exchange
This site enables consumers and professionals to access a variety of assistive technology. The process is easy and convenient. Equipment can be listed for: Sale - Loan - Exchange or Donation

Office of Electronic Government and Technology

Mission at rehabtool.com is to help children and adults with disabilities enhance their lives, increase their independence and productivity, and gain greater social inclusion through leading edge assistive and adaptive technology.

Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America
RESNA is an interdisciplinary association of people with a common interest in technology and disability

the Boulevard - Abilities Mall
Source of information and links for people with disabilities or older people

Online community for elder people and their care givers with the vision of providing mature people with everything that they may need to ensure a healthy and active lifestyle

U.S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
The Board develops and maintains design requirements for the built environment, transportation vehicles, telecommunications equipment. It also develops standards for electronic and information technology in the Federal sector

Washington Assistive Technology Alliance
WATA is a consumer advocacy network with the following activities: * information and referral * consultation, and training related to selection of AT devices, services and funding * legal advice and advocacy * policy development; and legislative action * technical consultation and training * publications * development and maintenance of online resources.

WebABLE is a leading provider of Web accessibility technology, consulting, and training with the mission of ensuring fully accessible websites to people with disabilities

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