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  • Adaptive Environments (new window)
  • "Adaptive Environments promotes accessibility as well as universal design through education program, technical assistance, training, consulting, publications and design advocacy. Its mission is to promote, facilitate, and advocate for international adoption of policies and designs that enable every individual, regardless of disability or age, to participate fully in all aspects of society." http://www.adaptenv.org/
  • Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) (new window)
  • CAST is an educational, not-for-profit organization that uses technology to expand opportunities for all people, including those with disabilities. The central, practical premise of universal design for learning is that a curriculum should include alternatives to make it accessible and appropriate for individuals with different backgrounds, learning styles, abilities, and disabilities in widely varied learning contexts. The program reflects an awareness of the unique nature of each learner and the need to accommodate differences, by providing technology to help the individual learner maximize his or her ability to progress. http://www.cast.org/
  • The Center for Universal Design (new window)
  • The Center for Universal Design is a national research, information, and technical assistance center that evaluates, develops, and promotes universal design in housing, public and commercial facilities, and related products. "The Center's mission is to improve the built environment and related products for all users by impacting change in policies and procedures through research, information, training, and design assistance." http://www.ncsu.edu/ncsu/design/cud/index.html
  • The Trace Center (new window)
  • The Trace Center is currently working on ways to make standard information technologies and telecommunications systems more accessible and usable by people with disabilities. Current projects include; Universal Design/Disability Access Program a program involved in the development of supercomputing systems and applications (including future internet), and the Universal Design Research Project a program designed to gain an understanding of why and how companies adopt universal design, and what factors are the most important in making this decision.

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