Frequently Asked Questions

The Ability Central Portal connects people living with disabilities to resources for access, support, and inclusion. We provide essential information on accessible devices and mobile applications, along with articles on accessibility resources and technological innovations. The portal is also an opportunity for the disability community to share news and post events for their local communities. To meet constantly evolving needs, we regularly update information and resources on the site, and we encourage site users to do the same! Register now to contribute news and feedback.

To make things easier, we’ve divided the content on the Portal into four broad categories.

Device Library

  • Mobile Devices - information on smartphones and tablets
  • Applications - information on apps for smartphones and tablets
  • Assistive Devices - information on gadgets and equipment

Resource Library

  • Articles, news, videos, and blog posts on technological innovation

Service Locator

  • Information on service providers such as disability specialists, professional development counselors, and accessibility experts

Event Calendar

  • Information on in-person and virtual events

 

Category Sub-Categories
Deaf
  • Deaf-Blind
Hearing Loss
  • N/A
Speech
  • N/A
Vision
  • Low-Vision
  • Blind
  • Deaf-Blind
Mobility
  • N/A
IDD
  • Learning and Intellectual
  • ADHD
  • Down Syndrome
  • Behavioral and Psychological
  • Autism
Memory
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Dementia
  • Parkinson's Disease (PD)
More
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) 
  • Epilepsy
  • MS

 

Our mobile device information is taken from the Global Accessibility Reporting Initiative (GARI) database. GARI was created by the Mobile Manufacturers Forum to provide one central source of information on accessibility features in mobile phones and to help consumers identify devices that support these features. GARI’s database is constantly updated and currently has details on more than 110 accessible features and over 1,100 mobile phone models around the world in many languages. It also includes information on accessible tablets and accessibility-related mobile applications

We have a lot of information, and we’ve specifically organized it by disability specialization: Deaf, hearing loss, speech, vision, mobility, intellectual or developmental disability, and others. You can navigate to these categories near the top of each webpage.

You can use the Ability Central Portal to share relevant information with the disability community by signing up as a contributor. Once you’re approved, you can propose devices and mobile applications for review before they are put on the Portal. If you offer an assistive service, please contact us with your business name, address, contact, and a description of your services.

You can become a contributor by registering for an account on the Portal. After you register, you will see a link that directs you to sign up as a Contributor. Once you answer a short questionnaire, the Ability Central team will review your application. Upon approval, you will become a contributor and can start sharing articles, events, and services to the Ability Central Portal.