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From: David Poehlman <david.poehlman@handsontechnologeyes.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Feb 2006 19:10:01 -0500
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From: "Mary J. Barnett" <mbassistech@EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: February 3, 2006 5:47:57 PM EST
Subject: Paul Jaeger Wins Award for Doctoral Research at ALISE 2006  
in San Antonion TX
Reply-To: Equal Access to Software & Information  

Hi, all!

I recently attended ALISE (Association for Library and Information  
Science Education) 2006 in San Antonio. I was pleased to be at the  
session where Paul Jaeger's first place award for his poster on his  
doctoral research was announced. Paul has published widely and has  
been a contributor to the Information Technology and Disabilities E- 

Following is the research abstract posted on the ALISE site:  http:// 

Information Policy

Paul T. Jaeger
Florida State University
Multi-method Evaluation of U.S. Federal Electronic Government  
Websites in terms of Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities

The study explained in this poster provides a detailed evaluation of  
the accessibility of selected federal electronic government (e- 
government) sites for persons with disabilities in terms of the  
requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C.   
794d). Section 508 requires e-government sites to be accessible-- 
designed and implemented so that persons with disabilities have equal  
access to them. However, research thus far has found that compliance  
with Section 508 requirements is low, with many e-government sites  
remaining inaccessible to persons with disabilities. These previous  
studies have limited their method primarily to using automated  
testing software programs, which have shortcomings in their accuracy  
and thoroughness. Rather than employing only automated testing  
software programs, this study employs a rigorous accessibility  
investigation that includes testing by users with disabilities,  
expert assessments, testing for compatibility with adaptive  
technologies, testing with automated evaluation software, surveys of  
federal webmasters, and policy analysis. The more intensive method  
employed in this research provides a detailed depiction of the  
accessibility of federal e-government websites that accounts for the  
needs of persons with different disabilities and evaluates  
accessibility using multiple methods.

Congratulations, Paul!!

Mary J. Barnett, Ph.D.
Denton, Texas
Received on Saturday, 4 February 2006 00:10:15 UTC

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