ERIC Number: ED451652
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
User-Friendly Materials and Alternate Formats.
Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, Austin, TX. National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research.
This booklet offers guidance for increasing the dissemination and utilization of information (especially federally funded disability research) through development of user-friendly materials and alternate formats. Individual sections address: the distinction between alternate formats and accessibility, suggested policies to help define approaches to accessibility, development of an organizational dissemination policy, suggested questions to guide format selection, and implementation of a variety of formats and modes including large print, audiotape, Braille, diskette, CD-ROM/DVD, video and descriptive video, captions, and Internet/World Wide Web. Also discussed are other format concerns, the importance of "people first" terminology, and evaluating for user friendliness. A brief report of a consumer survey is reported indicating increasing numbers of individuals with disabilities are turning to the computer as an information source, although printed materials remain the most preferred format. Many Web sites are cited throughout the booklet. (Contains 10 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Accessibility (for Disabled), Diffusion (Communication), Disabilities, Information Dissemination, Information Sources, Information Utilization, Research Utilization, User Satisfaction (Information)
National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research, Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, 211 East Seventh St., Suite 400, Austin, TX 78701-3281. Tel: 800-266-1832 (Toll Free); Fax: 512-476-2286; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.ncddr.org.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, Austin, TX. National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research.