What local extracurricular programs help students with disabilities learn about technology?

DO-IT Factsheet #43
http://www.washington.edu/doit/Stem/articles?43

The following resources can serve as a starting point for finding state and local programs where students with disabilities can learn about technology.

Each state provides technology-related assistance to individuals with disabilities who live in that state. These state programs are funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) [1] as part of the Assistive Technology Act of 1998. To find the AT Act Program in your state, consult the Technical Assistance Partnership State Contact List [2].

The Alliance for Technology Access (ATA) [3] is another helpful resource for finding technology information and assistance in your area. The ATA is a national network of resource centers focused on technology access for people with disabilities. To see if there is an ATA Resource Center in your area consult the listing of ATA Centers [4].

Some high schools sponsor after-school technology clubs and some community organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club of America [5] provide technology classes after school and/or during the summer. Some community colleges and libraries provide technology training and support.

Other local resources include organizations focused on specific disabilities, such as Easter Seals [6], United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) [7] or Lighthouse for the Blind [8]. High School/High Tech [9] is a national network of programs designed to help students with disabilities explore opportunities in technology-related fields.

For additional resources consult DO-IT's Technology and Universal Design [10] resource page.

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