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A selection of web links to external sites for main organisations, portals and databases that provide information in the following areas:

Assistive technology

Disability organisations - International

Inclusive design

Interactive digital television


Smart cards


Web accessibility

This page provides links to external websites. Inclusion does not imply recommendation. We are not responsible for the content, accuracy or accessibility of the information provided by these external websites.

Assistive technology

AbilityHub is an Assistive Technology related website for people with a disability who find operating a computer difficult. AbilityHub will introduce users to adaptive equipment and alternative methods available for accessing computers.

ABLEDATA is a federally funded project whose primary mission is to provide information on assistive technology products and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources to consumers, organisations, professionals and caregivers within the United States.

Assist Ireland
This online resource provides information on assistive technology and a directory of products available from Irish suppliers.

Assist UK
Assist UK lead a UK-wide network of centres which provide advice, assessment and the opportunity to try out the whole range of community service equipment.

Disabled Living Foundation (DLF)
DLF is a UK charity that provides free, impartial advice about all types of disability equipment and mobility products for older and disabled people, their carers and families.

Foundation for the Advancement of Assistive Technology (FAST)
FAST provide information on product research and development and service innovation.

Independent Living Technologies (ILT)
ILT is an American company providing assistive living products and technologies for all types of disabilities.

Online shop for products for blind and partially sighted and deaf-blind people.

Online shop for products for deaf and deaf-blind people.

This organisation serves children and adults with disabilities by offering assistive technology information, services and products.

VisionConnection is an internet portal for people who are partially sighted or blind, the professionals who work with them, the families and friends who support them and anyone looking for the latest information on vision impairment, its prevention and vision rehabilitation. Information on the newest advances in assistive technology can be found in the Technology section.

Disability organisations - International

Alzheimer Europe
Alzheimer Europe is a non-profit organisation which aims to improve the care and treatment of Alzheimer patients through intensified collaboration between its member associations.

Association Internationale Aphasie (AIA)
The object of AIA is to promote the rehabilitation and in particular the restitution of the communication capacity of the aphasic person, to preserve his or her human dignity and to defend his or her interests and those of their close proximity in the fields of therapy and familiar, social and professional reintegration.

Deafblind International (DbI)
DbI is the world association promoting services for deafblind people. It brings together professionals, researchers, families, deafblind people and administrators to raise awareness of deafblindness.

European Blind Union (EBU)
EBU is a non-governmental, non profit-making organization. It aims to protect and promote the interests of all blind and partially-sighted people in Europe.

European Brain Injury Society (EBIS)
EBIS is a European association dedicated to activities for traumatic brain injured persons and victims of acquired cerebral lesions: stroke, anoxia, encephalitis, brain tumour.

European Deafblind Network (EDbN)
The aim of EDbN is to improve the situation of deafblind people in Europe with the objective of achieving their equal rights and full participation in society, and to be a European forum for the exchange of knowledge and experience in the area of deafblindness.

European Disability Forum (EDF)
EDF is a European umbrella organisation representing more than 50 million disabled people in Europe. Its mission is to ensure disabled citizens' full access to fundamental and human rights through their active involvement in policy development and implementation in the European Union.

European Society for Mental Health and Deafness (ESMHD)
ESMHD is an international non-government organisation for the promotion of the positive mental health of deaf people in Europe.

European Union of the Deaf (EUD)
EUD is a European non-profit making organisation whose membership comprises National Associations of Deaf people in Europe. EUD's mission statement is to promote, advance and protect the rights of and opportunities for Deaf people in the European Union.

HelpAge International
HelpAge International is a global network of not-for-profit organisations with a mission to work with, and for, disadvantaged older people worldwide to achieve a lasting improvement in the quality of their lives.

International Diabetes Federation (IDF)
IDF is committed to raising global awareness of diabetes, promoting appropriate diabetes care and prevention, and encouraging activities towards finding a cure for the different types of diabetes.

International Dyslexia Association (IDA)
IDA is a non-profit, scientific, and educational organisation dedicated to the study and treatment of the learning disability, dyslexia.

Rehabilitation International (RI)
RI is a global and diverse network of persons with disabilities, NGOs, government agencies, service providers and advocates who work together to advance the rights and inclusion of people with disabilities worldwide.

World Blind Union (WBU)
WBU is a non-political, non-religious, non-governmental and non-profit-making organisation. It acts to eliminate prejudice; promote belief in the proven abilities of blind and partially sighted people and achieve full participation and equality in society.

Inclusive design

Cambridge Engineering Design Centre
The vision of the Inclusive Design group is to embed inclusive design thinking in the UK design and retail community, thus enabling the design of more inclusive products.

Designing Accessible Communities
A not-for-profit organisation that aims to promote, facilitate and support the use of policies, accessible design, and manufactured products to ensure that all individuals, regardless of disability or age, are able to live within and participate fully in all aspects of their community and our society.

Inclusive design toolkit
This toolkit has been developed to support designers and those involved in product development, as well as providing a general guide to inclusive design for businesses.

eAccessibility Toolkit
A Joint ITU/G3ict Toolkit for Policy Makers Implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Interactive digital TV

Digital TV Group
Originally set up to facilitate the introduction of digital terrestrial TV in the UK. The group is currently focussed on the digital switchover and the media services and products it will help enable.


Foundation for Assistive Technology (FAST)
FAST is a charity governed by a Board of Trustees. As a small, independent organisation FAST relies on working collaboratively with other members of the AT community, across statutory, voluntary and private sectors to bring innovative products to market and to improve services for disabled and older people.

Trace Center
Trace's research and development focusses on universal design of information and communication technologies, so that they are more accessible and usable by elders and people with disabilities.

VisionConnection is set up to help people overcome the challenges of vision impairment through worldwide leadership in vision rehabilitation services, education, research, prevention and advocacy.

  • For current and recent ICT research projects see the Projects section.

Smart cards

Smartcard Networking Forum
The SmartCard Networking Forum is a group of public sector representatives throughout the UK who are involved in using, planning to use or simply interested in exploring the use of smart cards to provide improved services to their customers.


PhoneAbility is the independent UK focal point for telecommunications and the needs of disabled and elderly people.

RERC on Telecommunications Access
The primary mission of the Telecommunications Access RERC is to advance accessibility and usability in existing and emerging telecommunications products for people with all types of disabilities. The RERC looks at advances that have both short- and long-term outcomes related to assistive technologies (AT), interoperability and universal design of telecommunications.

Web accessibility

Centre for Inclusive Technology
Learn about the benefits from accessibility and responsibilities under the law and public policy. Improve website design and accessibility with a DIY website detox. Find out all about accessibility and how Inclusive Design helps to achieve it, including the role of audits and user testing.

IBM Human Ability and Accessibility Center
Contains information on how to make websites accessible as well as build accessible software.

Irish National Disability Authority
Guidelines for accessible products and services, including: Descriptions of high level accessibility goals and the difficulties faced by users; Prioritised guidelines for each technology; Motivation and justification for each guideline and guidance on design techniques and testing methods.

Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 78 "Guide to Good Practice in Commissioning Accessible Web Design"
A comprehensive guide published by the British Standards Institute on how to commission, plan, implement and maintain accessible websites.

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) develops interoperable technologies (specifications, guidelines, software, and tools) to lead the Web to its full potential. W3C is a forum for information, commerce, communication, and collective understanding.

Web Access Centre
The Web Access Centre provides information and advice on making websites accessible to everyone. Offering technical, design and editorial guidance, plus information on testing, standards, case studies, articles and resources.