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Fwd: Re: Rockville, MD- Seeking low vision users for testing federal website

From: Dwight H. Barbour <dbs@dbsolutions.net>
Date: Tue, 17 Dec 2002 09:31:47 -0500
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
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On Tue, 17 Dec 2002 09:31:03 -0500, "Dwight H. Barbour"
<dbs@dbsolutions.net> said:
> 
> Many people in the US Federal Government think that Accessibility is for
> the blind people of the world using JAWS.
> 
> What a misconception.  Instead of following the guidelines, they are
> matching a set of products' requirements.
> 
> Dwight.
> 
> 
> On Tue, 17 Dec 2002 09:24:23 -0500 (EST), "Access Systems"
> <accessys@smart.net> said:
> > 
> > On Tue, 17 Dec 2002, David Poehlman wrote:
> > 
> > why are you limiting yourself to Proprietary software, there are numerous
> > other screenreaders and adaptive software that runs on other operating
> > systems (and windows) that is used and well liked, such as "emacspeak"
> >   
> >   One of the major problems (as you know) is the myth that everything on
> > PC is from Redmond Washington
> > 
> > Bob
> > 
> > > 
> > > Hello, my name is Abhijit Ghosh. I currently work at the National Cancer
> > > Institute in the Communication Technologies Branch. As part of the 508
> > > initiative, we are looking to test our website with low vision to no
> > > vision users using JAWS, Window-Eyes, and in the future Screen
> > > magnifying software.
> > > 
> > > The  Communication Technologies Branch at the National Cancer Institute
> > > is helping lead an effort  to evaluate different federal web sites and
> > > make them usable and useful to users with disabilities of various kinds:
> > > vision,
> > > hearing, motor.  Recently we have started trying to assemble a panel of
> > > volunteers with low vision or no vision who would agree to be web site
> > > testers and join a database of volunteers we could call once or
> > > repeatedly to help us evaluate federal websites. Users will need to be
> > > in the Northern Virginia, D.C, Maryland area.
> > > 
> > > We will pay every volunteer for 2 hours of testing time at our facility.
> > > We
> > > would pay $100 to each user in cash. In addition, we would cover for
> > > transportation cost.
> > > 
> > > They would make a huge contribution to aiding multiple agencies who
> > > provide web information to users with disabilities.  For the low vision
> > > part of the
> > > project, we would like to have both expert and novice users of screen
> > > readers (Jaws and WindowEyes) as well as users who require magnification
> > > devices/techniques.
> > > 
> > > Our group is responsible for the web site http:/www.usability.gov>
> > > which is a rich source of information presenting and advocating
> > > evidence-based principles regarding web design and usability.  We also
> > > do research on
> > > user-centered design in our a state-of-the-art usability testing and
> > > training facility near the White Flint Metro stop in Rockville,
> > > Maryland.
> > > 
> > > Please ask any folks you think would want to volunteer to contact:
> > > Abhijit Ghosh
> > > ghoshab@mail.nih.gov
> > > phone 301 594-9080
> > > fax 301 435-6069
> > > 
> > > We certainly would appreciate as wide a distribution of this message as
> > > possible.
> > > 
> > 
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> > 
> -- 
>   Dwight H. Barbour
>   .NET Community Builder
>   Section 508 and ASP.NET Educator and Developer
>   dbs@dbsolutions.net
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  Dwight H. Barbour
  .NET Community Builder
  Section 508 and ASP.NET Educator and Developer
  dbs@dbsolutions.net
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