CODI: Cornucopia of Disability Information

Federal Government Resources



	 This list of Federal government sector resources compiled
	 by COCA is not a definitive list of all the government
	 sector resources, but represents a growing collection of
	 resources familiar to COCA.  For more detailed
	 information, each of the groups should be contacted
	 directly.  Agencies that have groups focusing on computer
	 and telecommunications accommodations that would like
	 their group listed in the next update to this section,
	 please contact:

	      General Services Administration 
	      Clearinghouse on Computer Accommodation 
	      Code:  KGDO;  Room 2022
	      18th & F Streets, NW
	      Washington DC  20405
	      voice: 202-501-4906 or FTS 241-4906
	      TDD: 202-501-2010 or FTS 241-2010

Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (ATBCB)
1111 18th St., NW
Suite 501
Washington DC 20036-3894
202-653-7834 v/TDD

The ATBCB produces or distributes a variety of publications.  These
publications are available at no cost.  Several publications are available
in alternative formats such as braille, large type, cassette or diskette.  A
list of the publications available through ATBCB follows this resource

Department of Commerce
Committee on Resources for Electronic Accessible Technology to End Users
U.S. Department of Commerce
14th and Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Room 6899
Washington, D.C. 20230
voice: 202-377-3201 
TDD: 202-377-0270

The CREATE committee has representatives from various Commerce Department
components or organizations supporting Commerce employees.  The purpose of
CREATE is to assure that opportunities to use computers to streamline work,
to access databases, or to enhance career advancement potential are open to
everyone, including those with vision, hearing, or mobility impairments; and
assure that electronic technology in use at Commerce accommodates the
functional needs of all individuals.

Department of Defense
Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP)
Defense Medical Systems Support Center
5109 Leesburg Pike
Suite 502
Falls Church, VA 22041-3201
703-756-8811 v/TDD
703-756-0978 TDD only

CAP serves DoD people with disabilities, supervisors, and managers, by
providing: financial assistance for accommodations; expert assistance in
making the electronic environment accessible to people with disabilities and
training and educational support.

Department of Justice (DOJ) 
Civil Rights Division
Coordination and Review Section
Washington, DC  20530
voice: 202-307-2210
TDD: 202-307-2678 

The U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, has published a
series of Technical Assistance Guides (TAG) on a variety of disability
related topics.  Each TAG covers a specific topic and includes resource and
reference information.  The TAG series are available in standard print,
large print, braille, cassette tape, and computer disk.  A list of the TAGs
published to date follows this resource listing.

Department of Veterans Affairs 
Handicapped Employees Microcomputer Support Program
Information Technology Center (ITC)
MS: 205/022 
810 Vermont Avenue 
Washington, D.C. 20420  

The ITC provides assistance to Department of Veterans Affairs employees and
to other Federal agencies.  The Center offers classes, technical assistance
and demonstrations of computer accommodation to microcomputer users.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
1801 L. Street, NW
Washington, DC  20507
voice: 202-663-4842
TDD: 202-663-4399

Provides guidance to Federal agencies on developing and implementing
affirmative employment programs for hiring, placement, and advancement of
people with disabilities.  Adjudicates complaints on appeals to the Office
of Review and Appeals.  The EEOC also keeps statistics on the composition of
the Federal workforce.

General Services Administration
Clearinghouse On Computer Accommodation (COCA)
Code:  KGDO;  Room 2022
18th & F Sts, NW
Washington DC  20405
voice: 202-501-4906 or FTS 241-4906
TDD: 202-501-2010 or FTS 241-2010

COCA is a demonstration and technical resource center in the Information
Resources Management Service (IRMS) of the General Services Administration
(GSA).  COCA provides Federal managers and employees demonstrations of
frequently used hardware/software, workstation furnishings, and
telecommunications accessibility products to accommodate individuals with
disabilities.  COCA also responds to computer accommodation requests for
general information and researches specific hardware/software and
communications problems associated with an employee's accommodation
requirements.  In addition, COCA provides ongoing consultative/technical
assistance to agencies during planning, acquisition, and installation of
individual and agency-wide office automation systems.

General Services Administration 
Council on Accessible Technology (COAT)
Office of GSA Information 
Resources Management (KG)
18th & F Sts, NW
Washington DC  20405
voice: 202-501-3322
TDD: 202-501-2296
FAX: 202-208-7459

COAT is an interagency committee sponsored by the General Services
Administration with representatives from many Federal departments and
agencies.  The goal of COAT is to advance the management and use of
information technology to in turn advance the productivity and achievement
of employees with disabilities.

National Council on Disability (NCOD)
800 Independence Avenue, SW
Suite 814
Washington, DC  20591
voice: 202-267-3846
TDD: 202-267-3232

The National Council on Disability (NCOD) is an independent federal agency
comprised of 15 presidentially-appointed members who are confirmed by the
Senate.  NCOD is charged with the responsibility for providing leadership in
the development of national disability policy.  NCOD makes recommendations
on issues of public policy which affect people with disabilities regardless
of age, disability type, perceived employment potential, perceived economic
needs, specific functional ability, status as a veteran, or other individual

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
Building 31
Room 1B-62
National Institutes of Health
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20892
voice: 301-496-7243
TDD: 301-402-0252
FAX: 301-402-0018

NIDCD conducts and supports research and training with respect to disorders
of hearing and other communication processes.

Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
Selective Placement Program
Room 6336
1900 E. St., NW
Washington, DC 20415
or Federal Job Information Line: 202-606-0591

A copy of the Directory of Coordinators for the Selective Placement Program
can be obtained by calling or writing the OPM Selective Placement Program.

The President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities
1331 F. Street, NW
3rd Floor
Washington, DC  20004-1107
voice: 202-376-6200
TDD: 202-376-6205
FAX: 202-376-6219

The President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities is a
public-private partnership of national and state organizations and
individuals working together to improve the lives of people with physical,
mental, and sensory disabilities by increasing their opportunities for
employment.  The President's Committee publishes a variety of booklets and
informational materials directed to employers, to rehabilitation
professionals, to the general public, or to individuals with disabilities.
The President's Commitee also sponsors a national resource and consultation
service to help firms make individualized accommodations for employees with
disabilities.  People with disabilities, employers, and rehabilitation
professionals can seek technical help for specific accommodation solutions
(see Appendix E - Job Accommodation Network).


The ATBCB (Access Board) produces or distributes a variety of publications,
available at no cost.  To request copies, write the quantity you want beside
each publication and clearly write your name and address in the space
provided.  If you want more than ten (10) copies of any single publication,
send a letter explaining the planned distribution (e.g., conference for
planners) and the anticipated audience.

The ATBCB is committed to providing, where feasible, these materials in
formats for readers to use independently.  Some are already available in a
variety of alternative formats: B (Braille), LT (large type), CST
(cassette), DIS (5 1/4" floppy disc in ASCII).  Circle the format(s) you
wish.  Publications not marked will be reproduced soon in as many forms as
possible, given their original formats.  Priority is given to requests.

General Publication

G2 -  Access America newsletter.  
     Published quarterly to provide information about the Access
     Board and its activities.  To be added to the newsletter
     mailing list, check here ________.  B, CST, DIS, LT
G3 -  Access America:  The Architectural Barriers Act and You.  
     Describes the Access Board and how to file complaints about
     inaccessible federally funded buildings and facilities.  B,
     CST, DIS, LT

G4 -  Annual Report to the President and Congress.  
     Report on Access Board activities for the previous fiscal year.
     B, CST, DIS, LT

G5 -  Laws Concerning the ATBCB.  
     Contains the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968 (Public Law
     90-480) and sections 502 (which established the ATBCB), 506,
     and 507 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  B, CST, DIS, LT

G11 - Symposium Presentation to the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the 
Architectural Barriers Act of 1968.  
     Report on symposium hosted by Disabled American Veterans in
     Washington, D.C., in August 1988.  B, DIS, LT

G10 - Toward an Accessible Environment: Effective Research.  
     Describes seven exemplary federally refunded research projects
     on environmental accessibilility.  B, CST, LT

Architectural Access

A3 -  Design Standards for Accessible Single-Toilet Rest Rooms.
     To be used with the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards,
     this design bulletin #1 provides recommendations for single
     toilet rest rooms to increase usability by those who make side

A12 - Ground and Floor Surface Treatments.  
     Describes characteristics of five interior and exterior
     surfaces that may pose hazards for persons with disabilities.
     B, CST, DIS, LT

A13 - Hand Anthropometrics.  
     The full report, including methodology and data, of a project
     to examine the use of various controls and operating mechanisms
     by individuals with arm, hand, and finger limitations (for
     recommendations from this project, order the publication
     below).  CST

A26 - Hands-On Architecture.  
     Contains the Executive Summary and recommendations from the
     above project with suggested standards for specifying controls
     and operating mechanisms.  B, DIS, LT

A15 - Orientation and Wayfinding.  
     Examines how pedestrians, like people with disabilities,
     experience problems and needs in wayfinding.  CST

A25 - Transit Facility Design for Persons with Visual Impairments.  
     Combines recommendations from several research reports on
     signage, platform edge cuing, lighting, and slip resistant
     surfaces geared toward transit stations but partly applicable
     to other facility types.  B, CST, LT

A22 - Visual Alarms.  
     Gives detailed recommendations on alarms for alerting persons
     with hearing impairments to emergencies, including flash rate,
     intensity, placement and cost estimates.  B, CST, DIS, L

S4 - Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS).  
     Design, construction and alteration standards for access to
     federally funded facilities (based on the ATBCB Minimum
     Guidelines and Requirements for Accessible Design).  CST

Communication Access

C1 - Assistive Listening Systems.  
     Describes commercially available devices and systems for making
     public address and other types of communication systems more
     accessible to persons with hearing impairments.  B, CST, DIS,

C3 - TDD: Final Report.  
     Describes a study of the needs of users of Telecommunication
     Devices for Deaf persons (TDD) for communication with and
     within the federal government.  B, CST, DIS, LT

C4 -  TDD: Appendix.  
     Appendix to the above report includes data on available
     equipment, a list of interviewees, discussion of methodology,
     and bibliography.

Transportation Access

T4 - Air Carrier Policies on Transport of Battery-Powered Wheelchairs.
     Describes policies of major air carriers for transporting
     battery-powered wheelchairs, the section of the operating
     manual where it is codified, and constraints imposed by
     different types of aircraft.  B, DIS, LT

T19 - Aircraft Stowage Procedures for Battery-Powered Wheelchairs.  
     Contains a detailed description of a procedure for safely
     stowing battery-powered wheelchairs on aircraft in conformance
     with Hazardous Materials regulations, based on successful
     practices of several domestic and foreign air carriers. B, DIS,

T10 - Guidelines for Aircraft Boarding Chairs.  
     Provides guidance to purchasers, designers, and manufacturers
     of boarding chairs, for the design or purchase of safer and
     more effective devices; also identifies elements of a proper
     training program.  B, DIS, LT

T13 - Lifts and Wheelchair Securement.  
     Assists transportation providers and potential patrons plan
     services and select equipment to meet the needs of disabled
     persons; supplements UMTA- sponsored model safety
     specifications for lifts, ramps, and wheelchair securement on
     buses and paratransit vehicles.  B, DIS, LT

T17 - Mobility Aids Stowage.  
     Intended to help air carriers develop effective policies,
     procedures, and practices for safe stowage and return of
     mobility aids; synthesized from a broad cross-section of air
     carriers, the appendix contains a detailed procedure for
     stowing power wheelchairs and mobility aids which is available
     as a separate brochure, T19, described above.  B, CST, DIS, LT

Name ________________________________________________________

Organization ________________________________________________

Address _____________________________________________________

City _____________________________ State ______ Zip _________

G8 -  Publications Checklist.  Additional copies of the ATBCB 
Publications Checklist can be obtained from:
		1111 18th St., NW
		Suite 501
		Washington, DC 20036-3894
		or call 202-653-7834 v/TDD

This list may be duplicated or reproduced.  B, DIS, LT


This is a list of Technical Assistance Guides (TAGs) available from the U.S. 
Department of Justice.  These documents are available in alternate formats 
including audiotape, large print, braille, and computer disk.  The TAGs can be 
obtained by contacting:

		Coordination and Review Section
		Civil Rights Division
		U.S. Department of Justice
		Washington, DC  20530
		voice: 202-307-2210
		TDD: 202-307-2678  

TAG-84-1:  Interpreter Referral Services
     This TAG lists interpreter referral service information, both
     for the greater Washington metropolitan area and nationally.
     In addition, information is provided about the National Center
     for Law and the Deaf (NCLD) Newsletter.

TAG-84-2: Telecommunications Devices for Deaf Persons (TDDs) 
     This TAG gives some background information on the basic
     function of TDDs and lists some of the businesses around the
     country that manufacture and sell them.

TAG-84-3:  Obtaining Tape Recorded or Braille Transcriptions of Documents for
Use by Visually-Impaired Persons
     This TAG lists resources in the Washington metropolitan area
     for tape recording and Braille transcription.  It also
     recommends that persons interested in obtaining similar
     information for other areas of the country should contact the
     Library of Congress' National Library Service for the Blind and
     Physically Handicapped.

TAG5-84-4:  Closed-Captioning
     This TAG gives basic information on closed and open-captioning
     and specifically discusses information about the National Park
     Services's captioning program and that of the National
     Captioning Institute.

TAG-84-5:  Sources of Information on Accessible Design, Disability Research, 
and the Provision of Services to Individuals with Handicaps
     This TAG provides Federal agencies with an annotated list of
     institutional sources in Washington, D.C., that either can
     provide technical assistance or have facilities for conducting
     research on accessible design, disability, and the provision of
     services to individuals with handicaps.

TAG-84-6: Published Resources Concerning Section 504 of the Rehabilitation 
Act of 1973, as Amended and the Provision of Services to Individuals with 
     This TAG gives a partial listing of publications (directories,
     handbooks, legal reporting services, and newsletters), which
     concentrate in whole or in part on Section 504 issues.

TAG-85-1:  Access to Public Meetings
     This TAG provides information on steps that will enable
     hearing-impaired, visually-impaired and mobility-impaired
     persons to have access to public meetings.  This TAG does not
     address the architectural accessibility of the facility in
     which the meeting is held.

TAG-85-2:  Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)
     This TAG provides information on special devices that can be
     used to improve communication with hearing-impaired persons.
     It discusses the problems ALD systems are intended to solve or
     ameliorate and the costs, advantages and disadvantages of
     different ALDs.

TAG-85-3:  Access to Printed Information by Visually-Impaired Persons
     This TAG provides information on steps that will enable
     visually-impaired persons to have access to printed materials.

TAG-86-1:  The President's Committee on Employment of People with 
Disabilities and Related Organizations
     This TAG provides recipients of Federal financial assistance
     and Federal agencies with information on employment of
     individuals with disabilities and other issues related to the
     implementation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of
     1973, as amended.

TAG-86-2:  Telephone Devices for Persons Who Are Hard-of-Hearing
     This TAG discusses technological devices that help persons who
     are hard-of- hearing effectively use the telephone.

TAG-86-3:  Coverage of the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968, as 
amended (Barriers Act) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973,
as amended (Section 504)
     This TAG explains the requirements of the Barriers Act and
     Section 504 as they affect the accessibility of buildings for
     individuals with physical handicaps.  This guide also provides
     information to assist recipients and Federal agencies in
     complying with the requirements of these statutes in light of
     their overlapping coverage.

TAG-87-1:  Section 504 Transition Plan and Self-Evaluation Information
     This TAG provides Federal agencies with information to assist
     them in completing the transition plan and self-evaluation
     required by their regulations implementing Section 504 for
     federally conducted programs.  This TAG provides information
     about these requirements as they affect the non-employment
     programs and activities of Federal agencies.

TAG-87-2:  More Information About Telecommunication Devices (TDDs) for Deaf
     In an earlier TAG, the Department explained the basic function
     of a TDD and provided a partial listing of TDD manufacturers in
     the United States.  This TAG provides more detailed information
     about TDDs such as installation tips, directory listings of TDD
     numbers, cost range, ordering of TDDs, important features of
     TDDs and staff training to operate TDDs.

TAG-87-3:  GSA's Clearinghouse on Computer Accommodation
     The purpose of this TAG is to provide Federal agencies with
     information about an important resource that may assist them to
     solve problems related to their use of office automation
     technologies by individuals with disabilities.

TAG-87-4:  Open-Captioning of Videotapes
     The purpose of this TAG is to provide Federal agencies and
     recipients with an understanding of how open-captioning of
     videotapes can improve access to their programs and activities
     for hearing-impaired persons.  This Guide also discusses how
     videotapes are open-captioned, and how open-captioning services
     are procured.  Open-captioned of film is not addressed in this
     TAG.  Closed- captioning was discussed in a previous TAG.

TAG-87-5:  Architectural Accessibility Design Standards
     The purpose of this TAG is to explain design standards for
     architectural accessibility.  Specifically, it provides
     information on their nature, examines how they are developed,
     changed, and imposed, and discusses the similarities and
     differences of the major design standards currently in use.

TAG-88-1:  Ability Testing of Individuals with Physical Handicaps
     The purpose of this TAG is to provide Federal agencies with
     general information on some of the special considerations and
     modifications necessary to effectively test disabled

TAG-88-2:  Telephone Relay Services for Persons Who Are Hearing-Impaired
     The purpose of this TAG is to provide Federal agencies with
     information about telephone relay services for hearing-impaired

TAG-88-3:  The President's Committee on Mental Retardation
     The purpose of this TAG is to provide Federal agencies with
     information on the President's Committee on Mental Retardation
     in addition to providing a partial list of the Committee's

TAG-88-4:  Audio Description for Visually-Impaired Persons
     The purpose of this TAG is to provide Federal agencies with an
     explanation of audio description, its benefits and some current
     uses for this service.

TAG-88-5:  Corporate Resources Available to Assist Individuals with 
     The purpose of this TAG is to provide Federal agencies with
     information about the efforts of some corporations to assist
     individuals with handicaps directly and indirectly through
     programs of technical assistance, technology transfer and
     product development.

TAG-88-6:  The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically
Handicapped (NLS) of the Library of Congress
     The purpose of this TAG is to provide Federal agencies with
     information about the various services and programs available
     from this component of the Library of Congress that was
     established to provide materials to blind and physically
     handicapped individuals.

TAG-88-7:  Open-Captioning of Film
     The purpose of this TAG is to provide Federal agencies with an
     understanding of how open-captioning of film can improve access
     for hearing-impaired individuals.

TAG-88-8:  Accessibility Requirements in Buildings Leased by the Federal
     The purpose of this TAG is to provide Federal agencies with an
     explanation of the accessibility requirements affecting
     buildings that are leased by the Federal Government that are
     imposed by the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968, as amended
     and by section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as

TAG-88-9:  Directory of National Information Sources on Handicapping 
Conditions and Related Services 
     The purpose of this TAG is to provide Federal agencies with
     information on this comprehensive resource directory available
     from the U.S. Department of Education.

TAG-88-10: Making Government Documents Available to Persons with Vision
     The purpose of this TAG is to assist Federal agencies in
     understanding and meeting their responsibility under section
     504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, to make
     Government documents accessible to persons with impaired vision
     by providing appropriate auxiliary aids including making the
     documents available in alternate formats.

TAG-88-11: Supplemental Information about the Section 504 Transition Plan 
     The purpose of this TAG is to provide additional specific
     information about reviewing the facilities in which agency
     programs and activities are conducted.

TAG-88-12: Supplemental Information about the Section 504 Self-Evaluation
     The purpose of this TAG is to provide agencies with a
     Self-Evaluation Review Form that may assist them to organize
     and carry out self-evaluation efforts for their non-employment
     programs and activities.