Information and Law Links
United States Department of Education (Ed.gov):
This site has information regarding student transition from high-school to post-secondary institutions and rights and responsibilities for students and post-secondary institutions:
Questions and answers on disability discrimination under Section 504 and Title II.
United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights Publication. More and more high school students with disabilities are planning to continue their education in post-secondary schools, including vocational and career schools, two- and four- year colleges, and universities. As a student with a disability, you need to be well informed about your rights and responsibilities as well as the responsibilities post-secondary schools have toward you. Being well informed will help ensure you have a full opportunity to enjoy the benefits of the post-secondary education experience without confusion or delay. Knowing your Rights and Responsibilities.
Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education
High-school Educators: Do you know what is in store for students with disabilities who graduate from your school and head off to postsecondary education? Do you have the information you need to advise them on what to expect in postsecondary education?
Transition of Students With Disabilities To Postsecondary Education: A Guide for High School Educators
Higher Education's Obligations Under Section 504 and Title II of the ADA
Auxiliary Aids and Services for Postsecondary Students with Disabilities
The "Dear Colleague Letter" provides Guidance Under Amended Legal Standards. The Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights has issued a Dear Colleague letter concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act. The letter provides additional guidance on the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act in elementary and secondary schools, given the changes to those laws made by the Amendments Act.
Department of Education Issues Dear Colleague Letter to Provide Guidance Under Amended ADA Legal Standards
The ADA Home Page offers information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Oklahoma's EITA law reflects an ongoing commitment to provide access to information resources and technologies to individuals with disabilities.
Since 1977, the Oklahoma Disability Law Center (ODLC) has helped people with disabilities achieve equality, inclusion in society and personal independence without regard to disabling conditions. We are a system of protection and advocacy for people with disabilities in the State of Oklahoma. We are federally funded through the Administration for Children and Families, the Center for Mental Health Services of the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Education. The ODLC> is a member of the National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems (NAPAS).
Ability Resources: "Our mission is to assist people with disabilities in attaining and maintaining their personal independence. One way this can be achieved is in the creation of an environment in which people with disabilities can exercise their rights to control and direct their own lives."
OK-AHEAD's Mission: "To further full participation for individuals with disabilities in Oklahoma post-secondary education through collaboration, information dissemination, advocacy, professional and policy development, and research, Oklahoma Association on Higher Education and Disability continues its mission for disability service providers and the students they serve."
The Office of Disability Concerns (ODC) is an independent state agency whose purpose is to help state government develop policies and services that meet the needs of Oklahomans with disabilities. The ODC serves as a resource, to people with disabilities, who want to present their views and recommendations to the Governor, the State Legislature and State agencies.
Web Design Information, Instruction, Tips, Tools, Disability Information, Site and Page Review Resources
WebAIM (Web Accessibility in Mind) provides web accessibility guidance, training, tips, information, site evaluation and repair. If you want to follow the Web Consortium Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG), look at how to meet WCAG 2.0 (WCAG Quick Reference) and build a Perceivable Operable Understandable Robust (POUR) site, then visit WebAIM and read about this and more. GREAT RESOURCE!
Oklahoma ABLE Tech is a statewide Assistive Technology Act program located at the Seretean Wellness Center on the OSU-Stillwater campus. Oklahoma ABLE Tech strives to improve access to assistive technology (AT) for individuals with disabilities of all ages through comprehensive, statewide programs that are consumer responsive. Through four core programs, demonstration centers, short-term equipment loan, AT re-utilization, and low interest bank loans for the purchase of AT, ABLE Tech makes AT more available and accessible to individuals with disabilities and their families.
- Universal Access and Design--They Know That!. The Center for Universal Design in Education: Introduction
- Universal Access and Design Resources--They Got That! The Center for Universal Design in Education: Resources
- Resources on Accessible Web Design - DO-IT AccessWeb
Software Accessibility - Accessibility feature information for well-known software applications such as Microsoft Office, Adobe, Firefox, Apple and Google products.
Google Products: Accessibility
Firefox Accessibility Features:
Mozilla Community site:
Internet Explorer Accessibility options:
Chromium Accessibility (Base for Chrome browser)
Chrome - see "Google Products: Accessibility"
Accessibility Tutorials for Microsoft Products:
- Office 2010
- Office 2013
Adobe Acrobat Reader:
Adobe: Creating Accessible PDF's:
Accessibility Software and Services
Accessibility software collections - These links take you to sites that have more than one one software application for accessibility.
ATHENA Free AT Software Inventory aims to inform and provide persons with disabilities, their facilitators as well the professionals of the domain, with the available costless Assistive Technology (AT) solutions (Open Source or Freeware). Speech and Accessibility Laboratory - National and Kapodistrian University of Athens - Department of Informatics and Telecommunications
Ohio State University Web Accessibility Center - Free Assistive Technology Software
Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) - Free accessibility software
Single accessibility software applications - Single software applications that address one or more disabilities.
eSSential ACCESSIBILITY is a communications support that allows users to navigate the web hands free.
NVDA - NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) is a free “screen reader” which enables blind and vision impaired people to use computers. It reads the text on the screen in a computerised voice. You can control what is read to you by moving the cursor to the relevant area of text with a mouse or the arrows on your keyboard.
Captioning - Information, Services, instructions, and software related to captioning.
WGBH offers free Closed Captioning Software, Standards and Guides for accessible media. This is where you can find Magpie
Hollywood Tools is offering transciption and captioning web-based software platform.
uTranscribe is a user friendly web platform to transcribe and caption your videos on YouTube. The process is simple and fast. uTranscribe only requires your computer and a web browser. Best of all this version is FREE!
CCExtractor - A tool that analyzes video files and produces independent subtitle files from the closed captions data. CCExtractor is portable, small, and very fast. It works in Linux, Windows, and OSX.
>SubExtractor - Converts subtitles from DVDs and Bluray .sup files into Advanced Substation Alpha and SRT text format using OCR (optical character recognition).
Keepsubs.com is a website that will attempt to extract subtitles from a streaming video (such as those found on youtube), if given the link (uniform resource locator or URL).
YouTube Captioning - YouTube's Captioning support and help. How-to's and captioner service application. What will you find here?
Add subtitles and closed captions.
Remove subtitles and closed captions.
Upload subtitles and closed captions.
Apply for the YouTube Ready Captioning program.
Subtitles and Closed Captions Glossary.
Brief Reviews of Free Tools for Captioning YouTube Videos from the University of Washington. This article is a little old (2009), but you might still find some leads to updated and effective tools. Do not be surprised if some of the tools are no longer maintained or available.
Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) - Caption It Yourself.
Basic Guidelines for Busy Teachers, Families, and Others Who Shoot Their Own Video by Bill Stark, Described and Captioned Media Program Communications and Accountability Administrator
Caption Service Vendors - a list of captioning service vendors provided by the Described and Captioned Media Program DCMP). Extensive lists broken down into: Referral service, Vendors inside the United States, and outside of the United States.
University of Washington -- Captioning your own video for free
Canadian Network for Inclusive Cultural Exchange: Accessibility Tools.
Tools for Modal Translation (Captioning).
Tools for accessible online collaboration.