Findings and recommendations contained in the publications in this section come from analyses of applicable laws, regulations, policy guidance, barriers, promising practices, and technology models that are accessible to people with an array of disabilities and accompanying technology needs. Publications consider existing and emerging technologies, including but not limited to audio, visual, telecommunications, and web-based technologies.


  • Effective Communications for People with Disabilities: Before, During, and After Emergencies (HTML)


  • The Power of Digital Inclusion (HTML) (PDF)
  • Rising Expectations: The Developmental Disabilities Act Revisited (HTML) (PDF)


  • The State of Housing in America in the 21st Century: A Disability Perspective (HTML) (PDF)


  • Inclusive Livable Communities for People with Psychiatric Disabilities (HTML) (PDF) (DOC)
  • Youth with Disabilities in the Foster Care System: Barriers to Success and Proposed Policy Solutions (HTML) (PDF) (DOC)


  • Issues in Creating Livable Communities for People with Disabilities: Proceedings of the Panel (HTML) (PDF)


  • The Need for Federal Legislation and Regulation Prohibiting Telecommunications and Information Services Discrimination (HTML) (PDF)
  • Over the Horizon: Potential Impact of Emerging Trends in Information and Communication Technology on Disability Policy and Practice (HTML) (PDF)
  • Creating Livable Communities (HTML) (PDF)


  • NCD and the Americans with Disabilities Act: 15 Years of Progress (HTML) (PDF)
  • National Council on Disability Topical Overviews - Access to Information Technology by People with Disabilities Illustrations of Implementation from the United States - Quick Reference (HTML) (PDF)
  • National Council on Disability Topical Overviews - Information Technology and Americans with Disabilities: An Overview of Innovation, Laws, Progress, and Challenges (HTML) (PDF)


  • Design for Inclusion: Creating a New Marketplace -- Online Version (HTML)
  • Design for Inclusion: Creating a New Marketplace - Industry White Paper (HTML) (PDF)
  • Design for Inclusion: Creating a New Marketplace (HTML) (PDF)


  • Olmstead: Reclaiming Institutionalized Lives (Abridged Version) (HTML) (PDF)
  • Olmstead: Reclaiming Institutionalized Lives (Full-Length On-Line Version) (HTML)
  • Understanding Disabilities in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities: Toolkit Guide (HTML) (PDF)
  • People With Disabilities on Tribal Lands: Education, Health Care, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Independent Living (HTML) (PDF)
  • When the Americans with Disabilities Act Goes Online: Application of the Americans with Disabilities Act to the Internet and the Worldwide Web (HTML) (PDF)



  • Transition and Post-School Outcomes for Youth with Disabilities: Closing the Gaps to Post-Secondary Ed and Employment (HTML) (PDF)
  • Carrying on the Good Fight: Summary Paper From Think Tank 2000 - Advancing the Civil and Human Rights of People With Disabilities From Diverse Cultures (HTML) (PDF)
  • Closing the Gap: A Ten Point Strategy for the Next Decade of Disability Civil Rights Enforcement (HTML) (PDF)
  • Federal Policy Barriers to Assistive Technology (HTML) (PDF)
  • Think Tank 2000: A Brief Summary As Background Information (HTML) (DOC)


  • Access to Multimedia Technology by People with Sensory Disabilities (HTML) (PDF)


  • Access to the Information Superhighway and Emerging Information Technologies by People with Disabilities (HTML)
  • Guidance from the Graphical User Interface (GUI) Experience: What GUI Teaches About Tech Access (HTML)


  • Progress in Advancing the Status of People with Disabilities Around the World: The Work of the United States Delegation to the Thirty-Third Session of the Commission for Social Development of the United Nations (HTML)
  • Study on the Financing of Assistive Technology Devices and Services for Individuals with Disabilities (HTML)


  • The Impact of Exemplary Technology-Support Programs on Students with Disabilities (HTML)

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