Visually Impaired Persons and Web Sites Analytical Essay by write123

Visually Impaired Persons and Web Sites
A discussion which examines whether students with sight problems are able to use the websites of California institutions of higher learning.
# 106372 | 7,872 words | 17 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Jul 31, 2008 in Computer and Technology (General)

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The paper is a study to determine the satisfaction level of visually impaired students with the web sites maintained by California institutions of higher education. The paper provides a background and overview of the issues under consideration. It also reviews scholarly and organizational literature concerning recent initiatives intended to improve access to online resources for the visually impaired. The paper suggests the steps educators should take to ensure that their web sites conform to existing guidelines. The paper also provides a recapitulation of several other studies that advocate and oppose improved access for the visually impaired in accessing online resources.

Background and Overview
Studies of Visually Impaired Student Needs in Accessing Online Resources
Studies providing background information concerning need for improved accessibility to online resources
W3C Web Content Accessibility Standards
Technological Applications for Assisting the Visually Impaired Access Online Resources
Visually Impaired Students in the State of California
Studies in support of improved accessibility to online resources for the visually impaired
Studies opposed to improved accessibility to online resources for the visually impaired
Chapter Summary

From the Paper:

"Such initiatives are clearly intended to help level the playing field for visually impaired individuals, and because the technology and expertise already exist to accomplish these goals, these authors and the vast majority of the others reviewed herein suggest that such developmental efforts are an important component of any Web site initiative. In this regard, Siekierska and his associates emphasize that, "Such advances may finally allow blind and visually impaired persons to access the vast amount of real-time data that are available to sighted persons with Internet access."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Amberg, E. (2000). Focus on special needs. T H E Journal, 27(7), 78.
  • American Psychological Association. (2002). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.
  • Davis, J. J. (2003). The accessibility divide: The visually-impaired and access to online news. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 47(3), 474.
  • Downing, J. A. (2006). Media centers and special education: Introduction to the special issue. Intervention in School & Clinic, 42(2), 67.
  • Feather, J., & Sturges, P. (eds.). (2003). International encyclopedia of information and library science. New York: Routledge.

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