Accessibility & Disability Resources for Psychology Training & Practice


Kenneth S. Pope, Ph.D., ABPP


This web site provides free disability and accessibility resources.

I gathered links to articles and other resources on such topics as accessibility issues in psychology training and practice, the civil rights of people with disabilities, assistive technology, easy ways to meet accessibility standards for web sites, and disability-related legal issues in higher education and professional licensing.

I created this site to be fully accessible for people with disabilities; please follow this link to change text size, color, or contrast; please follow this link for other accessibility functions for those with visual, mobility, and other disabilities.

There are currently 10 sections:

  1. Articles on Accessibility in Psychology Graduate Education and Practice provides citations and summaries of articles such as "Implications of the Americans with Disabilities Act for the Training of Psychologists"; "Increasing Accessibility in Couple and Family Therapy Training"; "Disability, Accessibility, & Ethics in Psychology: 3 Barriers"; "ADA Accommodation of Therapists with Disabilities in Clinical Training"; "Interviewing Applicants with Disabilities for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Internship Positions"; "Disability: Its Place in the Psychology Curriculum"; "Survey of Psychological Services to Clients with Disabilities"; and "Internship Accessibility Issues for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Applicants."

  2. Assistive Technology for Computers and Printed Material provides links to software and hardware resources such as screen readers, talking web browsers, printed text readers, braille translators (text-to-braille and braille-to-text), screen magnifiers, special computer keyboards, and technology that allows control of a computer through head movements or eye movements.

  3. Therapy, Guide, Hearing, and Assistance Animals provides links to information in this area (e.g., ADA Business Brief on Service Animals; U.S. Transportation Security Administration on Traveling with Service Animals) and to organizations that train and adopt out animals that provide therapy, guidance, hearing, help-summoning, and other forms of assistance.

  4. Articles on Accessibility Issues in Higher Education & Professional Licensing provides citations, summaries, and--where possible--links to online versions of articles and other works such as "Americans with Disabilities Act and Professional Licensing"; Accommodations in Higher Education Under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA): A No-Nonsense Guide for Clinicians, Educators, Administrators, and Lawyers; "Auxiliary Aids and Services for Postsecondary Students with Disabilities: Higher Education's Obligations Under Section 504 and Title II of the ADA"; and "Making Accommodations: The Legal World of Students with Disabilities."

  5. Accessible Books and Articles presents links to resources that provide copies of text books, trade books, journals, operation manuals, scientific articles, and other publications in forms that are accessible to people with disabilities. Some of the formats include Braille, large type, recorded books, digital books, and tactile graphics.

  6. Accessibility Laws & Regulations provides links to some of the laws and regulations relevant to accessibility and people with disabilities, such as the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 amendments (including section 508), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Civil Rights Act of 1991, including the revised ADA regulations that took effect March 15, 2011.

  7. Court Adjudications, Formal Settlements, and Letters of Agreement: Disability, Accessibility, and Universities provides links to some of the adjudications, settlements, agreements, and similar documents in the area of access to colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher education.

  8. Articles on Web Accessibility, the ADA, and Civil Rights provides links to online articles such as "Applying the ADA to the Internet: A Web Accessibility Standard"; "How Civil Rights for People with Disabilities Impact the Private Section"; "Is Your Site ADA-Compliant ... or a Lawsuit-in-Waiting?: More ADA-Compliance Information"; and the U.S. Department of Justice's "Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability; Accessibility of Web Information and Services of State & Local Government Entities and Public Accommodations."

  9. Web Accessibility Verifiers provides descriptions and links to 3 of the more popular software programs that can be used to help ensure that a web site meets the standards for accessibility.

  10. Seven Easy Steps Toward Web Site Accessibility shows practical ways to identify some of the most common barriers to web site access for people with disabilities and how to eliminate them. This section also contains info on how to make sure your email posts to discussion lists are in plain text (ascii) so that they are accessible to the full range of assistive technologies used by people with disabilities.

Those interested in how people who are disabled were once viewed by the mental health professions can follow this link to Foster Kennedy's horrifying article on euthanizing people who are severely disabled in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

This site was designed to be accessible for people with disabilities and user-friendly for all visitors, regardless of which version of which operating system, browser, or assistive technologies you may be using. All pages in this site are in compliance with all levels of the W3 Web Content Accessibility Guidelines as well as Bobby full AAA approval level and the US Government Section 508 guidelines. All pages validate as XHTML 1.0 and use logical, structured markup as required. None of the pages uses java, java script, frames, pdf, or third-party plug-ins.

To find out about the accessibility feature of this site and how the work, please follow this link to using this site and its accessibility features or choose the "using this site" button on the navigation bar.

It's possible that you were looking for another web site in this series. Here are links to those 3 sites:

Please follow this link to the site providing full-text articles in psychology (from journals such as American Psychologist, Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology, etc.) and other resources in psychology.

Please follow this link to the site providing information and resources for companion, assistance, and special-needs animals.

Please follow this link to the site providing photographs and stories of a family of special-needs cats & dogs.

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