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U.S. Access Board
Executive Director: David Capozzi
Public Affairs Coordinator: Dave Yanchulis
Address: 1331 F Street, NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC, 20004-1111
Voice: (202) 272-0080
Toll-free Voice: (800) 872-2253
TTY: (202) 272-0082
Toll-free TTY: (800) 993-2822
Fax: (202) 272-0081
The U.S. Access Board is an independent federal agency that promotes equality for people with disabilities through leadership in accessible design. The board develops guidelines and standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other federal laws that address access to the built environment, transportation, communication, and information technology. In addition, the board enforces accessibility standards covering federally funded facilities and promotes accessibility through public outreach, technical assistance, training, published guidance, and research. Copies of all board guidelines and standards are available free from the board, including through its website, in a variety of formats. The board also publishes a host of guidance materials on its design requirements and other aspects of accessible design for professional, consumer, and general audiences.
UConn Taste and Smell Clinic
Clinic Director: Norman Mann, M.D.
Address: University of Connecticut Health Center, Taste and Smell Clinic, 263 Farmington Avenue, MC 1718, Farmington, CT, 06030-1718
Voice: (860) 679-2459
Fax: (860) 679-4760
The UConn Taste and Smell Clinic is run by a multidisciplinary team of clinicians dedicated to developing ways to evaluate and treat patients with chemosensory disorders. Data from the evaluation enable the clinic to maintain an extensive research database on chemosensory problems. The UConn Taste and Smell Clinic was established with funding from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Professional/consumer print and online publications are available.
United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (USSAAC)
President: Patricia Ourand, M.S., CCC-SLP
Public Information Contact: Barbara Figueiredo, USSAAC Office Manager
Address: P.O. Box 1195, Burlingame, CA, 94011
Voice: (928) 585-8525
Fax: (410) 296-5710
The purposes of the United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (USSAAC) are to enhance the communication effectiveness of people who can benefit from augmentative and alternative communication and to support the goals of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. USSAAC supports individuals in their right to communicate and participate fully in society; promotes public awareness; influences national and state public policy and legislation; disseminates legislative, regulatory, and funding information; facilitates high-quality service delivery; and promotes transdisciplinary professional education. Sponsors a conference every two years; visit the USSAAC website for date and location.
University of Pennsylvania Smell and Taste Center
Director: Richard L. Doty, Ph.D.
Administrative Assistant: Geraldine Fischer
Address: 3400 Spruce Street, 5 Ravdin Pavilion, Philadelphia, PA, 19104
Voice: (215) 662-6580
Fax: (215) 349-5266
The University of Pennsylvania Smell and Taste Center has three primary goals: to provide clinical evaluation, treatment, and counseling for patients experiencing smell and taste disorders; to provide facilities and intellectual focus for research in basic and applied aspects of chemosensation; and to provide training for students, doctoral-level scientists, and other professionals interested in chemoreception sciences. Professional/consumer brochures are available.
Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA)
Executive Director: Lisa Haven, Ph.D.
Address: P.O. Box 13305, Portland, OR, 97213-0305
Voice: (503) 229-7705
Toll-free Voice: (800) 837-8428
Fax: (503) 229-8064
The Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA) is a nonprofit organization that provides information, support, and advocacy to people with vestibular disorders and the health professionals who treat them. Such disorders include labyrinthitis, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), Ménière’s disease, ototoxicity, and perilymph fistula. Frequently reported symptoms of these disorders are dizziness, unsteadiness or imbalance, vertigo, nausea, hearing loss, visual disturbances, and tinnitus. A provider directory of health care specialists, newsletter, short publications, books, and DVDs/videos are available, with some in Spanish.
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