The Website

August 24, 2009

It has been an interesting journey researching about the many facets of visual impairment: from what causes it, how it affects people and what is available to help with internet access.

The most important discovery for me is how I now view websites from a different perspective, and can see immediately that some web designers have not taken into account people with visual impairments whilst designing websites.

Our assessment included creating a simple 2 page website and test for accessibility. I decided to create a website on The Four Agreements which is a book that I bought on audio several years ago, which made me think of it.  It’s a practical and simple philosophy based on Toltec Wisdom.

The website is simple and clean. It has clear text that is larger than average and bold. The colours have been chosen to suit people with colour blindness and the navigation is at the very top for clear accessibility of use. The navigation hover has been given a background colour to clearly show when the mouse is over the navigation. Appropriate alt tags and title tags have been provided with images.
Click here for The Four Agreements

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WordPress Tutorial for Inserting YouTube Videos

August 14, 2009

When I was researching YouTube for videos relating to Visual Impairment, I also print screened the process for another assignment.

I’ve made a Tutorial on Inserting YouTube Videos into a WordPress Blog.
Click here for YouTube tutorial


YouTube for Visually Impaired

August 13, 2009

My latest research took me to YouTube. I was impressed that there are YouTube video’s about visual impairment. Here’s a sample I found interesting

IBM Technology Assists Visually Impaired Internet Users



Web Accessibility – through the eye’s of a screen reader

Good and Bad Screen Reading


Accessible Web Design

August 2, 2009

I found a website listing reasons that businesses should implement accessibility. Click here for Accessible Web Design

I was also advised by a fellow student who is colour blind and has suffered from dyslexia, that  a group called SPELD in Victoria made the presentation of their website suitable for colour blindness and other disabilities.
Click here for SPELD Victoria

Here’s a site about how people use the web with examples of different peoples experiences with dissibilities using the web.
Click here for w3.org

This link has information about browsers designed for people with disabilities but the information is out of date. Click here for Alternative Web Browsing


Links to Student Blogs

August 2, 2009

A few students in my class have also done research on
visual disabilities and posted their findings in their blogs.

Sarah’s blog is on Colour Blindness and the Internet.
She has included a very practical Colour Blindness Test on video.
Click here for Colour Blindness and the Internet

Roxy has decided to research Macular Degeneration and will be posting her findings on her blog.
Click here for Macular Degeneration Information

Here is an updated list of those that have started their blogs

Ian has decided to focus his research on Visual Impairment also.
Click here for his blog on Disabilities and Web Design

Penny’s subject is physical disabilities and will have alot of interesting research relating to old age
Click here for Disability and Internet Use

Meagan is new to our class but is excelling and has made a very impressive blog with alot of interesting links.
Her website will focus on Visual Disabilities. Click here for Creating User-Friendly Websites

Bob is also new to the class, but had been doing online studies and will also be researching  Visual Disabilities. He is focusing on people who’s eyesight is beginning to fail, to those who are becoming partially blind. Click here for Visually Impaired Site Design

Jason has chosen to research creating an easily accessible website for Short Sighted People.
Click here for Website for Impaired Persons

Chris has been affected by Dyslexia and will be researching making websites accessible for people with Dyslexia.
Click here for Research on Dyslexia

Wendy has decided to research the affects of hearing loss and website accessibility.
Click here for Effects of Hearing Loss

I will be adding more links as students post their blogs.


Global estimate of visual impairment

July 26, 2009

Part of the assessment for Accessibility for People with Special Needs included posting our first blog into our Social Networking Site called Blingat.ning. When I posted it, I added a pie graph and link that I had not uploaded on here. This is a log of all our research and I find it interesting to understand the impact and magnitude of people affected by visual impairment, and the causes.

 

This pie graph shows the Global Estimate of Visual Impairment.

All this research helps to build a website for all kinds of visual impairment.


Audio Book Reader for Students

July 24, 2009

While I’ve been researching information to build a website that is accessible for people with visual impairment, I found an article on a new device that was made for students of higher learning.

Only released last week in India, it was invented as there are not many books or resources  available to the blind for higher education. Here is an article about the Audio Book Reader.

I knew there were audio books available, and I was very interested to find that there are thousands available, but of course they would be best sellers, not educational.  You can become a member at Audible.com and download audio books.