database of assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment contains information on more than 30,000 products for persons of all ages who have a physical, cognitive, or sensory disability.
Consult an online searchable database such as ABLEDATA
Public sources include (a) ABLEDATA
(an adaptive equipment database), (b) U.
Libraries with access to databases, such as ABLEDATA
, help diffuse this information.
, the master assistive technology Web site, which has information on more than 17,000 products, or Project LINK, a free nationwide information service that mails catalogs and brochures about assistive devices.
edu Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials 63 ABLEDATA
Web site was in the midst of a major restructuring and upgrade when I made my visit, so by the time this article appears, it may look very different.
provides objective informarion about assistive technology products (www.
On a national scale, potential information resources include National Technical Institute for the Deaf's National Center on Employment, Research and Training Centers, Rehabilitation Engineering Centers, ADA Regional Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers, the National Rehabilitation Information Center, ABLEDATA
, the Clearinghouse on Disability Information, Job Accommodation Network, and the Project Enable electronic bulletin board system.
It actually incorporates the 17,000-entry database (12,000 currently produced items, 5,000 recently discontinued items), ABLEDATA
(some of you may recognize this as an online service), with a text library of disability-related documents.
The last section of the catalog features information on available services such as ABLEDATA
, the National Head Injury Foundation, and other sources of data on the implications of traumatic brain injury.