Ticket to Work Program - A new Social Security initiative for training and employment services for millions of people with disabilities nationwide As the centerpiece of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 and the New Freedom Initiative, the Program provides greater choices in services for Social Security disability beneficiaries to attain employment while providing additional financial incentives to the organizations providing those services. Community colleges and their partners (VR, One-Stop Centers, etc.) can contract with the Social Security Administration to become a provider, or Employment Network, in the Ticket to Work Program to offer any training, employment-related supports and services to people with disabilities and receive revenue as students and graduates work according to Program guidelines. Over 1,200 organizations including community colleges like Eastern Iowa Community College District, Washington State Community College and Northcentral Technical College have become approved Employment Networks to help people with disabilities join the workforce. To learn more, call toll-free 1-866-968-7842 (1-866-YOURTICKET) or visit online at www.yourtickettowork.com.
Break Away Technologies - founded by Joseph Loeb in 1992, provides training and technology services for individuals, businesses, faith-based organizations and non-profits.
The Gates Millennium Scholars - The Gates Millennium Scholars initiative, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and administered by the United Negro College Fund and partners, is aimed at expanding access and opportunity to higher education to those citizens who will help reflect the diverse society in which we live.
The Foundation seeks to increase the number of African-Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian Pacific Americans, and Hispanic Americans enrolling in and completing undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The goal is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for thousands of outstanding students to reach their fullest potential.
Women in Technology International (WITI) - WITI is dedicated to increasing the number of women in executive roles, helping women become more financially independent and technology-literate, and encouraging young women to choose careers in science and technology. WITI works closely with industry leaders to help women develop the core competencies in demand by all levels of technology organizations and to bring women to the attention of organizations and boards looking for strong talent.
The Association for Women in Computing (AWC) - a not-for-profit, professional organization for individuals with an interest in information technology. AWC is dedicated to the advancement of women in the computing fields, in business, industry, science, education, government, and the military.
Women Work! - a membership organization dedicated to helping women from diverse backgrounds achieve economic self-sufficiency through job readiness, education, training and employment. Women Work! provides these services through a network of over 1,400 programs in every state. Women Work! also takes on the toughest women’s employment issues and fights for them in Congress and in state legislatures.
EASI, Equal Access to Software and Information - People with disabilities must have the same access to information and resources as everyone else. EASI's mission is to promote this access through 1) on-site and on-line workshops, 2) publications and videos, 3) e-mail discussion lists, 4) web site, 5) electronic journal, and 6) through participation in a wide variety of regional and national conferences. EASI Web site links include issues such as adaptive resources, libraries, science and math, K-12, legislation, and Web design.
Trace Research and Development Center (Trace) - a non-profit research center which focuses on making off the shelf technologies and systems like computers, the Internet, and information kiosks more accessible for everyone through the process known as universal, or accessible design. The Trace Center has been widely regarded for many years as the leading research, development, and resource center in the area of access to computers by people with disabilities. Over the last several years, the Trace Center has also become well recognized for its work in disability access and universal design of the World Wide Web, information transaction machines, and telecommunications.
WebABLE! Solutions - stimulates education, research and development of technologies that will ensure accessibility for people with disabilities to advanced information systems and emerging technologies. WebABLE! is the authoritative Web site for disability-related internet resources. The site's accessibility database lists hundreds of internet based resources on accessibility
Bobby - A Web-based public service offered by the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), that analyzes web pages for their accessibility to people with disabilities as well as ther compatibility with various browsers. The analysis of accessibility is based on the working draft of the W3C's WAI Page.
Microsoft's Accessibility Web site - provides information and tools that can help remove barriers and make the world more accessible. Topics include: Accessibility & Microsoft; Microsoft Products; Keyboard & Product Assistance; Accessibility Aids & Resources; For Developers, Writers & Designers; News & Events; Downloads; and Japanese Accessibility.
Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) - The World Wide Web offers the promise of transforming man traditional barriers to information and interaction among different peoples. The W3C's commitment to lead the Web to its full potential includes promoting a high degree of usability for people with disabilities. The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), in coordination with other organizations, is pursuing accessibility of the Web through five primary areas of work: technology, guidelines, tools, education & outreach, and research & development.
Project DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) - A project at the University of Washington to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities in science, engineering, and mathematics academic programs and careers. This Web site features a wealth of valuable information including resources for colleges interested in accessibility and technical programming for people with disabilities.
MentorNet, The National Electronic Industrial Mentoring Network for Women in Engineering and Science - Provides a listing of Web sites relating to: Women in Science, Engineering and Technology; Racial and Ethnic Minorities in Science and Engineering; Lesbians, Bisexuals and Gays in Science and Engineering; and other E-Mentoring Programs.
Diversity/Careers in Engineering & Information Technology - A print and online magazine that covers technical and career issues of interest to engineers and information technology professionals who are part of the growing diverse technical workforce. Each issue's feature articles address the concerns of engineers who are members of minority groups, women, or people with disabilities.