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This website brings together the work of The National Center on Accessible Information Technology in Education (AccessIT) at the University of Washington. From 2001-2006, this Center was funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)to increase the access of individuals with disabilities to information technology in educational institutions at all academic levels nationwide.

Some of the resources include:
- An accessible web design and development curriculum targeted to students in grades 9-12. This curriculum was updated in 2012 and both the student and instructor manuals are available online at no cost.

- A knowledge base with 167 short, web-based articles on many topics that break down the topic of accessible information technology into smaller chunks, a few example titles are: "Are electronic whiteboards accessible to people with disabilities?" and "How does accessible web design benefit all web users?"

- An example of an inaccessible web page with instructions on how to correct the mistakes.

- A checklist for use by schools to assess how accessible their information technology is.

- A library of PowerPoint presentations regarding making information technology accessible developed by Center staff.

NOTE: Though the Center sought to serve the entire disability community, most of its work seems focused on meeting the access needs of those with physical or sensory disabilities. Additionally, most resources seem college-based. There were no resources targeted specifically to the needs of those with intellectual disabilities.

Summary based on a review of the website completed on 8/16/13 at www.washington.edu/accessit/about.html
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This web site is maintained by the Research and Training Center on Community Living with support from the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services, the Human Services Research Institute and the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. E-mail weste050@umn.edu.
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