Technology and Disability Laws, Regulations, and Rights

Technology and Disability Laws, Regulations, and Rights

Carolyn Kinsell (Solers Research Group, USA)
Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 13
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5015-2.ch006
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This chapter provides a broad overview of federal civil rights laws that ensure equal opportunity and fair treatment to people with disabilities. These laws and regulations bring with them a wide range of rights and services, some of which translate to entitlements in the form of assistive technology services and devices. It is therefore important that those with disabilities, their family members, and individuals who support people with disabilities become familiar with these various laws and regulations. In addition to discussing technology and disability laws, regulations, and rights, Website URLs of the respective governing office, agency, or outside organization have been included, allowing this chapter to serve not only as a primer but also as a reference as well.
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Laws And Regulations On Technology And Disabilities

A wide-range of laws and regulations exist to protect people with disabilities. Some of these laws and regulations, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, are better known than others, such as the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act Amendments of 1998. Although numerous laws and regulations exist, those found in this chapter were chosen for inclusion because they hold important relevance to those with special needs, particularly in the context of AT.

The laws and regulations found in this chapter are:

  • 1.

    The Americans with Disabilities Act;

  • 2.

    The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act;

  • 3.

    Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act;

  • 4.

    The Assistive Technology Act of 1998;

  • 5.

    The Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act Amendments of 1998; (f) the Fair Housing Act Amendments of 1988;

  • 6.

    The Hearing Aid Compatibility Act of 1988;

  • 7.

    The Television Decoder Circuitry Act of 1990, Section 3;

  • 8.

    The Telecommunications Act of 1996;

  • 9.

    Title III - Public Law 104-104 [47 USC 613]; and

  • 10.

    The Workforce Investment Act of 1998. What follows is a discussion of each.

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Table of Contents
Edward L. Meyen
Boaventura DaCosta, Soohnwa Seok
Boaventura DaCosta, Soohnwa Seok
Chapter 1
Kathleen Bastedo, Jessica Vargas
Learning can be difficult for a myriad of reasons and not just for those with disabilities and for those dedicated to teaching in its many forms. It... Sample PDF
Universal Design for Learning in Today’s Diverse Educational Environments
Chapter 2
Brian R. Bryant, Kavita Rao, Min Wook Ok
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) has become a popular and effective way to help all students access what is taught in the classroom. Modeled... Sample PDF
Universal Design for Learning and Assistive Technology: Promising Developments
Chapter 3
Fiona S. Baker
This chapter presents the case for mainstreaming text-to-speech software for students with reading difficulties in the educational environment... Sample PDF
Text-to-Speech Software as Assistive and Mainstream Technology: Transitioning from a Functional to a Socio-Constructivist Approach
Chapter 4
Michael Dunn
Assistive Technology (AT), in the domain of special education, is defined as both tools and services. This chapter provides a description of this... Sample PDF
Helping Struggling Writers: Assistive Technology as Part of Intervention Programming
Chapter 5
Soohnwa Seok, Boaventura DaCosta, Woo Kim
This transdisciplinary chapter focuses on ecological perspectives surrounding the design of self-determination-enhanced Problem-Based Learning... Sample PDF
Ecological Perspectives Surrounding the Design of Self-Determination-Enhanced Problem-Based Learning as a Formative Intervention for Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Settings
Chapter 6
Carolyn Kinsell
This chapter provides a broad overview of federal civil rights laws that ensure equal opportunity and fair treatment to people with disabilities.... Sample PDF
Technology and Disability Laws, Regulations, and Rights
Chapter 7
James R. Stachowiak
Computer-based Assistive Technology (AT) has had a powerful effect on people with disabilities in the areas of reading, writing, communicating, and... Sample PDF
The Changing Face of Assistive Technology: From PC to Mobile to Cloud Computing
Chapter 8
Boaventura DaCosta, Soohnwa Seok
In an attempt to meet the need for validation research that contributes to Assistive Technology (AT) evidence-based practices, this chapter presents... Sample PDF
A Step toward Assistive Technology Evidence-Based Practices: Latent Dimensions of Information and Communication Technology
Chapter 9
Benjamin Slotznick
Users of Assistive and Augmentative Communications (AAC) systems sometimes have difficulty: (a) participating in conversation outside of a script... Sample PDF
A Phatic Approach to Assistive and Augmentative Communications Vocabularies
Chapter 10
Sukun Jin, Boaventura DaCosta, Soohnwa Seok
Storytelling is an intricate part of the human psyche and hence, human history. From childhood, stories play an important role in human development... Sample PDF
Social Skills Development for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders through the Use of Interactive Storytelling Games
Chapter 11
Carolyn Kinsell, Boaventura DaCosta, Angelique Nasah
It has been suggested that game technology can be successfully used to aid in social skills development among those with special needs. Based on the... Sample PDF
Simulation Games as Interventions in the Promotion of Social Skills Development among Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Chapter 12
Aubry Threlkeld
The ubiquity of new media in the lives of young people with high-incidence disabilities raises two important questions: how can new media be used as... Sample PDF
From Barriers to Beginnings: New Media as Assistive Technology
Chapter 13
Jennifer Courduff, Amy Duncan, Joanne Gilbreath
The effective implementation of Assistive Technology (AT) is transformative for teacher practice and student learning outcomes. Educators who... Sample PDF
Teacher Education and Principles of Effective Assistive Technology Implementation
Chapter 14
Fiona S. Baker
The importance of play for all infants and toddlers should not be underestimated. However, owing to barriers and tensions in Assistive Technology... Sample PDF
Engaging in Play through Assistive Technology: Closing Gaps in Research and Practice for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities
Chapter 15
Bob Barrett
As corporations and organizations continue to make strides in employing people with disabilities, in part, as an act of social responsibility, other... Sample PDF
Creating Protective Barriers for Students with Disabilities in E-Learning Environments
Chapter 16
Kathleen Bastedo, Jessica Vargas
For those with disabilities, distance-learning courses can provide access to a world that was once inaccessible. Online learning becomes a... Sample PDF
Assistive Technology and Distance Learning: Making Content Accessible
Chapter 17
Carolyn Kinsell, Boaventura DaCosta
Website assessment is still a very much ill-defined practice, conducted by some and largely ignored by most. Instruments to help assess and measure... Sample PDF
A 15 Factor and 157 Item Checklist for Assessing Website Usability and Accessibility
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