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NLM Releases New Health Literacy Tool Shed Website

“The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), in collaboration with Boston University School of Medicine is pleased to announce the launch of the Health Literacy Tool Shed: http://healthliteracy.bu.edu/. The Health Literacy Tool Shed is a free, user-friendly, unique, curated online database of more than 100 empirically validated health literacy instruments. The Tool Shed serves as an interactive, one-stop shop where researchers use provided filters to select a health literacy research instrument. The Health Literacy Tool Shed provides background information about each instrument and enables users to compare them. ‘The new Health Literacy Tool Shed helps users choose the right instrument for their research or practice. It also helps researchers assess core issues, such as the impact of health literacy on health outcomes and health care utilization,’ says Robert A. Logan Ph.D., senior staff, National Library of Medicine. “Understanding what affects health, how to navigate the health care system, or how to manage a chronic health condition can have a major effect on a person’s health outcomes. NLM hopes this new resource will help researchers provide new insights into how to ensure clear communication within health care settings and how to increase health literacy throughout populations,” says Betsy Humphreys, acting director, National Library of Medicine. Each instrument within the Health Literacy Tool Shed is peer reviewed by health literacy research experts including: Michael Paasche-Orlow, M.D., M.P.H., Boston University School of Medicine; and Lauren McCormack, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., RTI International. The selected instruments vary in terms of user accessibility and cost, as mandated by the original investigator. The website was developed following user-centered design methods to ensure the site’s relevant and ease of use.”

webAIM – Web Accessibility In Mind

“WebAIM (Web Accessibility In Mind) has provided comprehensive web accessibility solutions since 1999. These years of experience have made WebAIM one of the leading providers of web accessibility expertise internationally. WebAIM is a non-profit organization based at the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University.”

Forum Guide to Ensuring Equal Access to Education Websites— Introduction to Electronic Information Accessibility Standards

Forum Guide to Ensuring Equal Access to Education Websites – Introduction to Electronic Information Accessibility Standards, July 2011 “This guide is designed for use by information technology administrators, data specialists, and program staff responsible for the “content” in data reports, as well as education leaders (e.g., administrators who prioritize tasks for technical and data staff),Continue Reading

Google Apps Accessibility Evaluation Project

“In the summer of 2010, Peter Mosinskis from California State University Channel Islands assembled a team of approximately fifteen volunteers from seven different CSU campuses and one from the UC system to evaluate the accessibility of Google Apps. The team also recruited student volunteers and screen reader users to assist with the testing. Automated, manual,Continue Reading

Children's Websites: Usability Issues in Designing for Kids

Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox, September 13, 2010, Children’s Websites: Usability Issues in Designing for Kids: “New research with users aged 3–12 shows that older kids have gained substantial Web proficiency since our last studies, while younger kids still face many problems. Designing for children requires distinct usability approaches, including targeting content narrowly for different ages ofContinue Reading

New Book Available Online – Search User Interfaces

Search User Interfaces by Marti A. Hearst [the author, with permission of Cambridge University Press, has placed the full text online free of charge. See the terms of service]: “This book focuses on the human users of search engines and the tool they use to interact with them: the search user interface. The truly worldwideContinue Reading

Web Accessibility Guidelines For UN Websites

Web Accessibility Guidelines For UN Websites (Word doc): “In order to make information on the United Nations and its activities available to the widest range of audiences, and in keeping with resolutions of the General Assembly, the Department of Public Information (DPI) is aggressively pursuing accessibility of the United Nations website by persons with disabilities.Continue Reading

AIDS.gov Has a New Look

“The new AIDS.gov home page provides easier access to site information and offers new features.” Prominently displayed at the top right side of the page are links to: a well designed and organized Blog, Podcasts to which users may listen and for which transcripts are provided, RSS Feeds to the podcasts, resource announcements and alerts.Continue Reading

Citizen Satisfaction with E-Government Falls to Lowest in Three Years

News release: “Citizen satisfaction with federal government websites declines for a third consecutive quarter, according to the first quarter report [Excel] of the University of Michigan’s American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) E-Government Satisfaction Index. The Index aggregate score for the first quarter of 2008 fell to 72.4 on ACSI’s 100-point scale, its lowest score inContinue Reading

DOE OIG Audit Report: Management of the Department's Publicly Accessible Websites

U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Inspector General, Office of Audit Services, Audit Report, Management of the Department’s Publicly Accessible Websites, March 2008. “Our audit identified several opportunities to improve the security and management of the Department’s publicly accessible websites. Specifically: We identified over 50 significant cyber security incidents in the last three fiscal years,Continue Reading

ABA Legal Technology Resource Center – Web Accessibility

“As much of the daily practice of law moves to web-based technologies, it is increasingly important that all members of the legal community — lawyers and non-lawyers alike — understand the need for websites that are accessible to all audiences. Efforts to ensure that websites are accessible to disabled persons, simply referred to as “webContinue Reading

FTC Unveils New Web Site Design

FTC FAQ: “The Federal Trade Commission today unveiled a redesigned Web site to enhance consumers’ ability to find the information they want quickly and easily. As the federal agency that works directly with and for consumers, the FTC strives to be accessible and transparent, with information that is clear, simple, and easy to access. TheContinue Reading