Disability Glossary

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Accessible Entrances

One small step at an entrance can make it impossible for individuals using wheelchairs, walkers, canes, or other mobility devices to do business with you. Removing this barrier may be accomplished in a number of ways, such as installing a ramp or a lift or regrading the walkway to provide an accessible route. If the…

Accessible Meetings

Accessible meetings are simply meetings that are accessible to people with disabilities. Issues include: Site selection Pre-event registration and communications Meeting room layouts and considerations Online communication layout and considerations Audio Visual components Food and Beverage Services Food Allergies and Sensitivities Accomodations for Deaf Individuals and those experiencing hearing loss Access to Printed or Visual…

Accessible Route to Goods and Services

The path a person with a disability takes to enter and move through your business is called an “accessible route.” This route, which must be at least three feet wide, must remain accessible and not be blocked by items such as vending or ice machines, newspaper dispensers, furniture, filing cabinets, display racks, or potted plants.…

accessible voting station

Voting station equipped for individuals with disabilities.

accreditation

Formal recognition that a laboratory is competent to carry out specific tests or calibrations.

accreditation body

Authoritative body that performs accreditation. An independent organization responsible for assessing the performance of other organizations against a recognized standard, and for formally confirming the status of those that meet the standard.

accuracy

Extent to which a given measurement agrees with an accepted standard for that measurement. Closeness of the agreement between the result of a measurement and a true value of the particular quantity subject to measurement. Accuracy is a qualitative concept and is not interchangeable with precision. Version 1.0 Volume I: Voting System Performance Guidelines Appendix…

accuracy for voting systems

Ability of the system to capture, record, store, consolidate and report the specific selections and absence of selections, made by the voter for each ballot position without error. Required accuracy is defined in terms of an error rate that for testing purposes represents the maximum number of errors allowed while processing a specified volume of…

Administration for Community Living

The Administration for Community Living was created around the fundamental principle that older adults and people of all ages with disabilities should be able to live where they choose, with the people they choose, and with the ability to participate fully in their communities. By funding services and supports provided by networks of community-based organizations,…

Adult Protective Services Technical Assistance Resource Center (APS TARC)

The mission of the APS TARC is to support federal, state, and local partners’ use of data and analytics, research and evaluation, and innovative practice and innovative strategies to enhance the effectiveness of APS programs. The APS TARC serves as a focal point for ACL’s overall approach to leading the development of comprehensive APS systems.…