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WebAIM Web Accessibility Training

May 21-22, 2013; Logan, Utah

Cost: $850/person ($700 per person for groups of two or more)

Join WebAIM’s accessibility experts for two days of hands-on web accessibility training May 21-22, 2013 in beautiful Logan, Utah. This training session will teach everything from basic web accessibility principles to advanced accessibility techniques. Read more about this training at WebAim’s website.

Update from the NCIL Technology Subcommittee

NCIL Members and Staff Chat at the 2012 ConferenceNCIL was encouraged by Congress’s support of the Assistive Technology Act by infusing an additional two million dollars into the Act to support Alternative Finance Programs (AFPs) and strengthening consumer control measures for new entities competing for those funds.

NCIL was also encouraged that a new round of AFPs recently took place and we are hopeful that the number of states with a program will increase. Many states have no AFP or have a limited program. By supporting the Alternative Financing Programs and increasing its funding, Congress can help people with disabilities purchase the technology they need.  [Read more…]

The US Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Announces Grant for Assistive Technology

Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied sign at the 2012 ConferenceThis is a funding opportunity for Centers for Independent Living! We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity. Please let us know if you plan to apply by sending your information to Dara Baldwin, Policy Analyst at

The application is available August 8, 2012 and the deadline for transmittal of application is Friday, September 7, 2012.

Alternative Financing Program (AFP) – CFDA#: 84.224D  [Read more…]

Information Alert: More Options for Purchasing Assistive Technology!

Accessible Voting Machine DemonstrationThe NCIL Technology Subcommittee, chaired by John Nousaine of North Country Independent Living, worked many long days with Congressional leadership on both the House and Senate’s Appropriations Subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies to advocate for the Alternative Finance Programs (AFP) throughout the country.

The coordinated advocacy and outreach done by our members and others who understand the importance of this issue turned out to be a great success!

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