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New Online Tool Transforms Information Access for Disability Communities

Ability Central launches digital portal with comprehensive resources for people with disabilities

Oakland, California – June 27, 2022 – Ability Central today launched a new website to provide information and resources to the more than 61 million Americans who are Deaf, disabled, or neurodiverse. The Ability Central Portal offers support for a wide range of disabilities, covering vision, hearing, mobility, and cognitive needs. Primary audiences for the Portal include people with disabilities, people experiencing physical or sensory declines, caregivers, and community organizations.

“Whether technology provides a lifeline for people with disabilities or isolates them further often depends on easy access to practical information and support,” says Matt Cherry, director of philanthropy at Ability Central. “As the only foundation focused on all forms of communication disabilities, we have learned that many people with these disabilities struggle to find and use the resources that are already available to help them. Our first-of-its-kind disability site cuts through the hours of wasted effort to help people discover the best technology for their needs, connect with community resources, and share news and information. The Portal has been built from the ground up with accessibility in mind for diverse needs and abilities.”

The Ability Central Portal includes unique databases and custom-built resources to meet the needs of people with disabilities and their support communities:

  • The Device Finder provides comprehensive accessibility information for every mobile smart device on the market
  • The Service Locator supplies detailed information and links to local support services anywhere in the United States, from community organizations to care facilities
  • The Event Database lists in-person and virtual events from the disability community
  • A Resource Library offers a regularly updated hub for articles, news stories, fact sheets, and videos covering research, technological innovation, and cultural insights into Deaf, disabled, and neurodiverse communities

Providing opportunities for education and collaboration, the Portal uses input and feedback from site visitors to update and expand its information. Visitors can comment, add reviews or feedback, and anyone can submit new content for the Portal.

Visit the Ability Central Portal at

Headquartered in Oakland, California, Ability Central is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to serving as an educator, convener, and resource working to expand communications and information access for individuals who are Deaf or disabled and their families and caregivers. Ability Central also offers technical support to other nonprofits working to help people who are Deaf, disabled, and neurodiverse and provides online information and resources for people with questions about disabilities and communication access. Since 2010, Ability Central has funded projects serving more than half a million people with disabilities.

Contact: Grant Barringer, Communications Manager | (510) 302-1183