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July 2002 Issue 5

Welcome to the Family Center
A warm welcome to the Family Center on Technology and Disability! The Academy for Educational Development (AED) has acquired a new intern to serve on the Family Center team. Katrina Delvaux has joined AED to assist with updating the Resource Review database, Web Site quality control, and to increase Knowledge Network membership. Welcome aboard Katrina.

transportation, hotel or other overnight arrangements, activities, adaptations, and general accessibility, to name a few. The following is a list of Web sites, which addresses those considerations. They contain information about vacation travel through articles, books, Internet links, and other resources. A wonderful Directory of Summer Camps for Children with Disabilities was compiled by the National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY). It contains disability-specific as well as general camp resources and is located at p2000.htm. The Global Access Disabled Travel Network is a Web site containing personal travel experiences, as well as information on travel books, specific destinations, tips on planning, hotels and resorts, etc. ex.html Travel with Kids offers information and links to cruise ship accessibility, tour operators and travel agents specializing in special needs, outdoor vacations for

Vacation and Travel For Families with Special Needs Children
Summer is upon us, and many of us are thinking VACATION! Most families with children choose to vacation and travel during the summer months, and it may take some planning to have a successful vacation. Even more so for families with children who have special needs. There are many things to consider when planning a vacation: destination,

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people with disabilities, and much more. abilities.htm?once=true& The Parenting Special Needs Web site has a section on Accessible Summer Recreation. It includes accessible travel, camps for special children, recreation and sport, adaptive equipment, and also just for fun activities for children with special needs. weekly/aa060599.htm The Enabled RVer hosts articles on topics related to RV travel, such as accessible RVs, the Handicapped Travel Club (HTC), travel guides, campgrounds and specific destinations, resources, and adaptive equipment. Access-Able Travel Source contains information on travel with disabilities, mature travel, disability magazines, access guides, wheelchair travel, scooter rental, accessible transportation, world destinations, lists of travel professionals, links, and tips for the traveler with disabilities. The Project ACTION Accessible Travelers’ Database, located at, was created to assist tourists with disabilities to access mass transit systems while traveling to other cities. The database includes information on hotel/motel shuttles, accessible taxis, private bus/tour companies, van rentals, public transit operators, and national 800 numbers. The Disability Travel and Recreation Resources Web site includes information and links on topics such as

travel planning, destinations, transportation, air travel, children, and books. Emerging Horizons is a magazine, available online and in print, about accessible travel for people with mobility disabilities. It includes access information, resources, news and travel tips. The Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality (SATH) actively promotes awareness, respect, accessibility, and employment for persons with disabilities in the tourism industry. SATH contains disability-specific ‘How To Travel’ articles, as well as an extensive list of resources for the traveler with disabilities. Accessible Recreation on Federal Lands provides a listing of government resources that manage federal recreation sites in the United States. It also includes the Accessibility Data Management System (ADMS), an online resource containing accessibility information about many federal facilities. The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability Web site contains a virtual library with an extensive list of resource directories, fact sheets, bibliographies, and monographs. Topics range from adaptive equipment, adapting activities in recreation programs, camping, hiking, fishing, scuba, and much more. Although the sources listed above seem extensive, it is just the tip of the iceberg.


Explore what will best fit you and your needs as a family with children with special needs. Happy traveling and happy trails this summer!

services, including effective communications by employers, state and local governments, and public accommodations, which can include assistive technology.

Assistive Technology Laws
Featured on the Family Center on Technology and Disability Web site,, is information on assistive technology laws. Currently, updates are being added to the Web site to address the changes in the laws related to assistive technology and people with disabilities. Here are two of them. Assistive Technology Act of 1998 Public Law 105-394 [29 USC 2201] Beginning in 1988, Congress passed a series of laws to provide for the operation of assistive technology programs, protection and advocacy services, and technical assistance in each state and territory. It also provided for other activities designed to increase awareness, availability, and use of assistive technology by people with disabilities throughout their life span. One of the programs established is an assistive technology loan program in each state. For more information, go to: amed/29/ch31.html The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, Title IV Public Law 101-336 [42 USC 12101] The ADA bans discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, local and state government services, and in public accommodations. This law provides requirements for reasonable accommodations and auxiliary aids and

In recent years, the Supreme Court has limited the definition of disability as well as the right to sue state governments in some instances. For more information, go to:

FCTD Knowledge Network Member Organizations
Organizations share their expertise, resources, and organizational memory in a Knowledge Network. This is in an effort to strengthen each other and the network as a whole. The FCTD Network is composed of over 800 member organizations, and we welcome members to get to know one another. Again, we would like to feature two network member organizations this month. The first member organization we are featuring is Speaking for Ourselves, founded in 1982. Located in Pennsylvania, Speaking for Ourselves is a non-profit self-advocacy organization


run by and for people with disabilities. Its goals are to find a voice for themselves; teach the awareness of people with disabilities’ needs, wishes and potential to the public; speak out on important issues; support members through sharing, leadership development, and to help and encourage one another. Speaking for Ourselves has nine county chapters. These chapters hold monthly meetings to work on self-determination, self-advocacy, self-empowerment, leadership, and information exchange. The chapter members are also available for speaking engagements; offer training on board and committee membership, leadership, and advisor roles and responsibilities; and provide information through newsletter publication and a Web Site. For more information about information regarding membership and programs, contact them at: Speaking for Ourselves 502 W. Germantown Pike, Ste 550 Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462 Voice: (610) 825-4592 Fax: (610) 825-4595 Email: Web Site: Another Knowledge Network member is the Michigan Assistive Technology Clearinghouse (MATCH). MATCH is a statewide assistive technology information system for use by participants in the Michigan Assistive Technology Project, including Community Assistive Technology Councils, information and referral services, assistive technology providers, consumers, families, and employers.

MATCH also serves as a clearinghouse for special education professionals interested in the use of technology to improve special education practices. A few of MATCH’s projects include Project ACCESS and Project ACCESS Software Support. Project ACCESS provides information, support, training, and technical assistance in uses of technology for special education. Some of the services provided is a quarterly newsletter for special education staff, training for the IEP Writer Software, online technical assistance to locate resources related to technology, software to assist in the collection of state required information, training support, and a web site for state discretionary projects. Project ACCESS Software Support provides technical assistance for the software packages it distributes to its special education personnel in Michigan. Software updates are provided directly through links on the web site. If you are interested in contacting MATCH to inquire about any of their projects, you may reach them at: MATCH c/o MDRC 740 West Lake Lansing Road, Ste 400 East Lansing, MI 48823 (517) 333-2477 (800) 760-4600 Email: Web Site:


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