The [AT] Connects Blog

Help Make Online Job Tools More Accessible to People With Intellectual Disabilities

Posted By Anne Long | Dec 18, 2013

People with disabilities have significant challenges in life, but those challenges don’t have to be insurmountable − and certainly shouldn’t be when it comes to performing basic job duties or seeking employment. However, people with intellectual disabilities, cognitive issues, traumatic brain injuries or other similar disabilities may find that accessing the Internet and using online software programs pose a significant barrier to meaningful and successful employment.  Read more>>

Cognitive Accessibility of Job-Related Technology

Posted By Anne Long | Dec 16, 2013

December 9-20, 2013

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network, in conjunction with the Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology and the US Department Of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, invites you to join an online conversation about the internet, cognitive disability, and workers with cognitive disabilities. We are seeking information about problems you may have had when using online tools and websites for job-related activities, and we are also interested in your ideas on how to improve these technology tools. The conversation runs until December 20th.

Low Vision In The News

Posted By Anne Long | Dec 13, 2013

  • RAY is the world’s only smartphone developed specially for the blind, from its unique operating system & eye-free operation to specialized built-in apps and content featuring: Multiple built-in communication services within one powerful device, Advanced communication and lifestyle services, One common, simple user interface across all system functions, applications and services, Unique operating system and user interface specially developed for eye-free operation.... Read more...

  • "In this study, we found that vision in patients' homes was significantly worse than in the clinic. The major factor contributing to this difference was poor lighting in the home.".... Read more..

  • Results of the analysis revealed that the overall number of people who suffered blindness as a result of cataract reduced from 12.3 million in 1990 to 10.8 million in 2010. MSVI as a result of cataract decreased from 44 million in 1990 to 35.2 million in 2010. .... Read more...

Inclusive Education Webinar Series

Posted By Anne Long | Dec 13, 2013

You are invited to attend Inclusive Education Webinar Series: Moving from Vision to Action, a live webinar series presented by the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability. The first live webinar will take place on Wednesday, January 28, 2014 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm ET (12:30 pm PT).

This live webinar series is designed to support parents and educators who want a road map to guide the membership, participation, and learning of students with more significant disabilities in general education classrooms and other inclusive settings. During each webinar, examples will be given for elementary, middle, and high school, with the last session focusing on supporting students to go on to post-secondary education. Although all the sessions in the series build on the ones before it, the information in each can “stand alone.” We encourage teams to participate in the series together as each session has information targeted to both parents and educators, as well as related service providers.

2014 Webinar Series Dates & Topics
  • January 28th: Establishing and Communicating a Vision for Inclusive Education
  • February 12th: Best Practices in Inclusive Education: How to Know It When You See It
  • March 4th: Creating Inclusive IEPs
  • March 25th: “What Do I Do Monday Morning?” Translating the Vision for Inclusive Education into the Classroom
  • April 15th: Integrating Related Services into General Education Instruction and Typical Activities
  • May 13th: Maximizing Social Relationships at School and at Home
  • May 27th: Think College! Planning for Post-Secondary Education

AAPD Releases the 2013 Compendium on Disability Statistics

Posted By Anne Long | Dec 13, 2013

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), the nation’s largest disability rights organization, is pleased to announce the publication of the 2013 Compendium on Disability Statistics. The Compendium is a web-based tool that pools disability statistics published by various federal agencies together in one place. It is often difficult to find statistics concerning people with disabilities due to the fact that many different federal organizations publish their own reports. The Compendium, funded by the National Institute on Disability Research and Rehabilitation and produced by the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability (UNH/IOD) in collaboration with AAPD, works to address these research issues by centralizing the data. 

Funding of Assistive Technology Through State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies

Posted By Anne Long | Dec 04, 2013

This is the third in a three-part “Funding of Assistive Technology Series” facilitated by Neighborhood Legal Services.  View flyer to find information describing the training, the available CLE credits, and the form for registration.  To register, please RSVP  to

If you have any questions about registration, contact Lynn Urquhart ( or 716-847-0650 ext. 271).