Element 3: Mindfully Craft Your Content

January 2011 | Links updated, May 2013What is the content of your message, your product? How do you decide what you're going to say, and how you're going to say it?Offering information alone isn't enough to create change or influence action, as many a systems-change project has learned. Mindfully crafting the content you'll disseminate is crucial to getting the content past the hands of your users and into their minds and actions.This page focuses … [Read more...]

Rights of students with disabilities when educational institutions use technology

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued guidance to the field through Dear Colleague Letters to elementary and secondary schools and institutions of higher education. Also issued is a Frequently Asked Questions document on the legal obligation to provide students with disabilities an equal opportunity to enjoy the benefits of technology. These guidances supplement a June 2010 letter that explained that technological … [Read more...]

Planning meetings that are accessible to all participants

This publication, Removing Barriers: Planning Meetings that are Accessible to all Participants,  highlights guidelines and strategies to help organizations make their meetings accessible and welcoming to people with disabilities. The guide focuses on small and last-minute meetings to make sure that a variety of participants are included in all aspects of organizational life. (posted September 7, 2012) http://projects.fpg.unc.edu/~ncodh/pdfs/rbmeetingguide.pdf   … [Read more...]

ADA: Best practices tool kit for state and local governments

This tool kit is designed to teach state and local government officials how to identify and fix problems that prevent people with disabilities from gaining equal access to state and local government programs, services, and activities. It will also teach state and local officials how to conduct accessibility surveys of their buildings and facilities to identify and remove architectural barriers to access. (posted September 7, 2012)http://www.ada.gov/pcatoolkit/toolkitmain.htm  … [Read more...]

NICHCY’s website can talk!

By Kori Hamilton and Elaine MulliganNational Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)Here, at NICHCY, we try to be keep our website user friendly and accessible. Our website is easy to navigate, compliant with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, written in plain language, and translated into Spanish. As much as those things contribute to our ability to provide information to a vast audience, there are still many web users who … [Read more...]

NOTICE: The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) is no longer in operation. Our funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) ended on September 30, 2013. Our website and all its free resources will remain available until September 30, 2014.