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Assistive Technologies
Accessible Learning Spaces
Web Accessibility

Assistive Technologies for Individuals with Disabilities

A variety of assistive technologies are available for loan from the Resource Office on Disabilities. To request access to these technologies, contact Judy York (judith.york@yale.edu), Director, Resource Office on Disabilities.

Visual Disabilities

  • Senseview portable magnifier
  • JAWS screen reading software (Windows)
  • Braille embossed clicker
  • Victor Vibe portable reader
  • Closed circuit flatbed magnifier (CCTV)
  • High intensity floor lap
  • Task lamp

Hearing Disabilities

  • Visual door ringer (Sonic alert wireless remote receiver)
  • FM Application System (Williams Sound transmitters, neck loops, and headsets)

Motor Disabilities

  • MacSpeech speech to text (Mac OS) or Dragon Dictate speech to text (Windows)
  • Motorized scooter
  • Manual wheelchair
  • Foot pedal operated mouse

Ergonomic Aids

  • Trackball mouse
  • PC/Mac compatible keyboard
  • Foot rest
  • Adjustable height table
  • Portable tabletop podium
  • Plug & Play logitech mouse
  • Fixed desk mounted adjustable keyboard holder
  • Maddak arthwriter writing aid

Other Assistive Technologies & Learning Aids

  • WYNN (What You Need Now), a software program to support people with reading and writing
  • Natural reader
  • Olympus/audio digital recorder
  • Noise cancelling headphones
  • Tablets (Apple iPad, Nexus 7, Asus transformer Books)

Accessible Learning Spaces

Yale provides guidelines for the design and implementation of physical spaces that are intended for teaching and learning within the university. These guidelines focus on those aspects of the physical space that most directly impact presentation, communication, and interaction (including technological enhancement), so that physical spaces can be accessible to all.
Yale University Learning Space Design Guidelines (DOC)

Web Accessibility

Many users of the web have some kind of disability. When creating a web application or website, it is important to understand how individuals with disabilities use the web, and how technical and design decisions affect the experience of users on your website or application.

Accessibility Consulting

Yale ITS offers User Experience & Design Services covering accessibility. Consultations are free of charge for official Yale organizations, and are meant to help you identify parts of your site or application that may be specifically confusing to individuals with disabilities.

Learn more about Accessibility Consulting

Getting Started with Web Accessibility

When you improve the accessibility or your site or application, you are taking steps toward designing a web for everyone, regardless of individual perceptual or cognitive abilities.

Below we provide a list of resources to help you start learning about web accessibility.

Free Online Courses (Lynda.com)

Using your Yale NetID, you can access courses on Lynda.com, including courses related to web accessibility:

Web Accessibility Articles

WebAIM (web accessibility in mind), maintains a list of valuable articles related to web accessibility. These articles are an excellent starting point for understanding the user’s perspective, and gaining awareness about tools and techniques for improving web accessibility.

WebAIM’s web accessibility articles

Standards and Laws for Web Accessibility

The United States federal government requires that all information technology produced or used by the federal government meet minimum accessibility standards. Furthermore, the World Wide Web Consortium maintains a list of guidelines for maintaining accessibility for the Web. Choosing to follow these sets of standards – even if not required to do so – is a good practice for developers. WebAIM also maintains tools to help developers meet these standards.

Section 508
WCAG 2.0

Accessibility Testing Tools

Design Challenges & Solutions