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RE: info request:Fw: Animation for Access

From: Simon White <simon.white@jkd.co.uk>
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2002 16:37:42 -0000
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To: "David Poehlman" <poehlman1@home.com>, "wai-ig list" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
I know of some work that was being done with the UK charity Mencap, whereby they used focus groups full of people who had learning difficulties, with many of them having trouble with the written word. Ironically, they had chosen to use images and colours to help users find their way around websites, but I do not know where this research ended up.

The contact I used to have was: Lynn.Grieveson@mencap.org.uk

However, I am not sure if she is still with the organisation, or whether she will reply to unsolicited emails. However, I would bet that charitable organisations who deal with those who have trouble with written words would be a good place to start.

With a quick bit of research, I found some links. I have not had time to evaluate them, but I hope that some of them may be of help to you.


The other option is to call some organisations that deal specifically with those people who have learning disabilities as they should be able to shed some more light on this subject. I would also ask that if anyone does come up with some research that they share this with the group so that we may all learn.

I hope that this may provide some help.
Kind regards

Simon White

-----Original Message-----
From: David Poehlman [mailto:poehlman1@home.com]
Sent: Friday, January 11, 2002 16:08
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Subject: info request:Fw: Animation for Access

----- Original Message -----
From: "John Michael Hodgson" <jmhodgson1@UCLAN.AC.UK>
Sent: Friday, January 11, 2002 10:55 AM
Subject: Animation for Access

Hi All
I am interested to discover any research which deals with the use of
animation to help overcome the type of disabilities which limit  access
to text-based learning resources.
I suppose I am considering those people who have personal circumstances
which might affect their  mastery of written language. For example,
people who have been deaf from birth and possibly, some students with
specific learning disabilities. Current discussion seems to focus around
text reading as the only key to accessibility; which is not surprising
the traditional emphasis on the written word in education. I am
to find research  which helps establish whether or not there is any
advantage in using animation as an additional  tool for accessibility.
Can anyone help me out? Or at least point me in the right direction?


ps. apols for cross posting

John Hodgson
Specialist Senior Technician
Specialised Learning Resource Unit (SLRU)
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, Lancashire.
United Kingdom
e-mail: jmhodgson1@uclan.ac.uk

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