Link Checkers and Basic Accessibility Testers for Websites

Source: LiveWell RERC

Leighanne Davis, B.S.

Introduction

Ensuring website optimization and ease of use are goals of any developer. This holds especially true for organizations disseminating a lot of information to a variety of users from different backgrounds and with different ability levels. Broken links or missing alt text can be frustrating for some people with accessibility challenges. These also detract from the user experience. To mitigate these website errors or accidental exclusions, developers and even laymen can use various online resources to check the efficiency and ease of use of websites.

Download Web+Accessibility+Testing Report for resources and broad information on services offered and how these tools can also be used as a basic accessibility test.

Topics include:

• Programs for website testing

• Locations to download / use each program

• Recommendations

Include “Low-Tech” Options to Share Health Information with People with Disabilities

Source: New Hampshire Disability & Public Health Project (DPH) Data Briefs & Reports

Health and medical information is commonly shared via web sites, social media, smart phone apps, and even text messaging. However, these high tech options are not accessible to all people. Adults with disabilities in New Hampshire (NH) are significantly less likely than adults without disabilities to have access to information electronically.

Download Health Communication Needs: Low Tech Options

SUNspot – Wireless Device Ownership by People with Disabilities

Wireless Inclusive Technologies RERC

This SUNspot addresses the following question related to ownership of wireless devices by adults with disabilities:  Do people with disabilities own wireless devices (regular phones, smartphones and tablets) at the same rates as the general population?

Comparison of the results from the SUN and the Pew Research Center show that people with disabilities own cellphones at a high rate (83%), but still substantially lower than the general population (92%). Drilling down to examine the rates of ownership of specific types of mobile wireless devices shows that people with disabilities own smart devices (smartphones and tablets) at slightly higher rates than the general population. People with disabilities own basic cellphones at much lower rates than the general population.

Assistive Technology and Environmental Intervention (AT-EI ) Impact On Activity and Life Roles of Aging Persons with Developmental Disabilities: Findings and Implications for Practice

Assistive Technology and Environmental Intervention (AT-EI ) Impact On Activity and Life Roles of Aging Persons with Developmental Disabilities: Findings and Implications for Practice (2001). Hammel, J. Journal of Occupational and Physical Therapy in Geriatrics, 18(1), 37-58.