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National Disability Information Project Newsletter

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Disabled Parents Network information briefings: no. 10 contacts and publications

Author:
DISABLED PARENTS NETWORK
Publisher:
Disabled Parents Network
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
51p.
Place of publication:
London

Information about  organisations, publications and other resources that are highlighted for parentswith disabilities.

Journal article

Consumer access to agency websites: our best foot forward?

Authors:
VERNON Robert, LYNCH Darlene
Journal article citation:
Journal of Technology in Human Services, 21(4), 2003, pp.37-51.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

Reports on an exploratory study where one hundred social service agency websites in the USA were examined to find out how easily consumers could access posted information on them. Each website was analysed for multiple language availability, reading, simplicity, reading comprehension and disability access.This study found substantial barriers to website access for social service consumers. Discusses design issues to make website access easier such as disability standards, policy suggestions and best practices. (Copies of this article are available from: Haworth Document Delivery Centre, Haworth Press Inc., 10 Alice Street, Binghamton, NY 13904-1580).

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In direct contrast

Author:
DOBSON Alex
Journal article citation:
Care and Health Magazine, 48, 5.11.03, 2003, pp.14-15.
Publisher:
Care and Health

Looks at why there are still so few people receiving direct payments.

Journal article

British Standard PAS 78:2006

Author:
HOWELL Julie
Journal article citation:
Access by Design, 107, Summer 2006, pp.20-22.
Publisher:
Centre for Accessible Environments

This article introduces a new British Standard which explores good practice in commissioning accessible websites.

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Using the Internet? The experiences of parents of disabled children

Authors:
BLACKBURN C., READ J.
Journal article citation:
Child: Care, Health and Development, 31(5), September 2005, pp.507-515.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

This paper looks at parents of disabled children's experience of using the Internet. The study draws on a subset of data from the 'Carers Online' project, which took place between 2001 and 2003 in the UK. A cross-sectional survey of 3014 adult carers, of which 788 were carers of disabled children aged 0-17, was used. Data were collected using a postal questionnaire. A high proportion (75%) had previously used the Internet. Of these, 63% were frequent users and 91% were using it at home. Popular uses were emailing, obtaining information about caring, ordering equipment and shopping online. Despite positive benefits, users experienced problems relating to technical issues and equipment and system design. Lack of time owing to caring and other circumstances was an issue for over half of all users. Those who did not use the Internet were more likely to be living in rented accommodation, be unemployed and not have a PC at home. Reasons for not using the Internet included lack of access to equipment, cost and lack of skill. The authors conclude that for some parents the Internet is a viable and flexible medium for accessing useful information and services. However, caution about the extent to which it becomes the primary means for delivering information is needed. The 'digital divide' between users and non-users makes it crucial that issues of cost, lack of equipment and skill be addressed. Information needs to be made available in other forms to ensure that those who cannot or do not wish to use the Internet are not socially excluded.

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E-accessibility for all

Author:
PIGGOT Maureen
Journal article citation:
Scope, February 2002, pp.18-19.
Publisher:
Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action

The information society presents challenges and opportunities to all citizens and to those who govern or provide goods and services to them. The author discusses the issues affecting access to information and communication technologies for people with disabilities.

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Accessibility of Apple iPad for partially sighted users: pilot study

Authors:
HEWETT Rachel, TORGERSON Carole E., DOUGLAS Graeme
Journal article citation:
Journal of Assistive Technologies, 8(1), 2014, pp.2-13.
Publisher:
Emerald

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to present the results of a pilot trial, investigating the accessibility provided by a tablet computer (Apple iPad) to individuals with visual impairment. The study was designed around an N-of-1 randomised controlled trial (RCT), which was replicated for 12 participants. It served as an opportunity to evaluate the use N-of-1 trials in studies involving people who are visually impaired. Design/methodology/approach: The study centred round an N-of-1 RCT, comparing the accessibility provided by control equipment (Windows computer) against the intervention equipment (Apple iPad). Twelve participants conducted six tests on the equipment as per randomisation, followed by a quantitative-based evaluation and short interviews. Findings: One-sided individual randomisation tests showed a significant result for overall satisfaction in favour of the tablet at the 0.05 significance level for seven of the participants. Participants identified several strengths of the iPad in helping a partially sighted user in accessing the internet: inbuilt zoom and magnification options; increased control as a result of the touch screen; and accessibility tools being built into the operating system. The main limitation suggested was the way the zoom function operates by enlarging the onscreen keyboard. This caused difficulties for those with more severe visual impairments using this function in inputting text. Originality/value: There has been limited research to substantiate positive reviews of the tablet computer for low-vision users. The results of this pilot study gives evidence in support of these potential benefits, and demonstrates the importance of a more thorough investigation.

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An accessible website to boost independence in young people with physical impairments

Authors:
JAMES Carrie, DRINAN Kathie, HYKIN Julie
Journal article citation:
Nursing Times, 30.11.10, 2010, pp.15-16.
Publisher:
Nursing Times

The Queen's Nursing Institute Fund for Innovation awarded the health transition team in Walsall £7,500 to fund their transitional website project, The website supports young people with physical impairments to access a wide range of information independently. This article offers information to those who wish to improve practice and work innovatively.

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Are you listening?: what disabled children and young people in Wales think about the services they use

Author:
TURNER Claire
Publisher:
Wales. Welsh Assembly Government. Children First
Publication year:
2003
Pagination:
62p., ill.
Place of publication:
Cardiff

This consultation was commissioned by the Welsh Assembly Government. It elicited the views of disabled children and young people across Wales about the services they use and their recommendations for change. The findings will be used to inform the Children’s First bjectives, the National Service Framework for Children and wider policy developments. Disabled children and young people’s involvement in making decisions about their own care and treatment is not  consistent across services. Whilst disabled children and young people may make small day to day decisions, adults still appear to make the more important decisions on their behalf. There are few examples of disabled children and young people’s involvement in shaping services.

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