Tactile graphics, sometimes referred to as the haptic sensory modality, deliver information through touch. They often accompany Braille textbooks to convey content in maps, charts, building layouts, schematic diagrams, and images of geometric figures. Tactile graphics are often handmade by Braille transcribers as part of Braille textbook production. In some cases, the creation of tactile graphics is facilitated by automated processes using various software applications. Some methods used to create tactile graphics are described below.
Yes, the U.S. Department of Labor administers a program called the Recovery and Employment Assistance (REALifelines) Advisor. Developed by the U.S. Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS), the REALifelines Advisor provides valuable information and access to contact information for one-on-one employment assistance and online resources to assist wounded and injured transitioning service members and veterans in their reintegration into the civilian workforce."
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) publishes a newsletter, VA Research Currents, that shares research related to serving veterans. The newsletter, written by the VA Office of Research and Development, provides information about research results, new projects, awards and research funding, and other related topics.
Accessibility Demonstration Experiences (ADEs) are a set of on-line tutorials that include activities specifically designed to help software and user interface designers understand the needs and expectations of users with disabilities.
The Think Tank: Serving Veterans with Disabilities was hosted on March 26, 2008 by the DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center at the University of Washington in Seattle as part of The Alliance for Students with Disabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (AccessSTEM) project.
According to the Veterans' Preference website, "veterans who are disabled, who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over others in hiring for virtually all federal government jobs." The website contains links to a fact sheet, brochure, and legal briefing that provide general information on the program and describe eligibility.
Hire America's Heroes was formed in 2007 by representatives from Seattle area corporations who wanted to help veterans and military family members find corporate workforce jobs. Each year, Hire America's Heroes hosts an annual symposium to "share best practices and success strategies for sourcing, recruiting, hiring, on-boarding, and retaining America's transitioning service members and military veterans."
Yes. The federal government has a set of policies, the Schedule A Hiring Authority, to make it easier for federal agencies to hire people with disabilities.
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs has established more than 300 community-based Vet Centers in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Vet Centers provide readjustment counseling and outreach services to veterans who have served in any combat zone.