This page reviews websites that will benefit people who are interested in helping students that learn differently and need additional assistance to help them be successful in the classroom.


Web Title:

Dyslexia the Gift
URL address: www.dyslexia.com
Content/Topic: This site provides information about the reading disability dyslexia.
Type of site description: This site promotes an understanding of dyslexia.
Web Validator used to check site & results: TAW online When this site was checked through this link it was found that there were the following errors: It listed the errors under two categories, automatically checked and those that required human review. It reported that there were the following concerns: Priority 1 (Must Fix) 1 error was automatically checked by this site and 46 errors needed to be checked
Priority 2 (Should Fix) 41 errors that were automatically checked by this site and 62 errors that needed to be checked

Priority 3 (May Fix) 20 errors that were automatically checked by this site and 36 errors that needed to be checked. I also used the A-Checkerto check this website as well. I used this site to help me complete the accessibility section of this assignment. I liked this site it was much easier to use and the results were presented in a much clearer way. It reported that for Section 508 it had 4 known problems, 1 likely, and 21 potential. According to the web site it says that known problems must be modified to fix the problems, the likely problems might need to be modified, and the potential problems you may not have to modify the site to meet the section 508 requirements.
Content: This website is designed for people who are interested in learning about reading disabilities. The content was appropriate and I found it to be of high quality. There was an area that I found to be inaccurate. The discuss attention deficit in this site as well but they refer to it as ADD. It is now listed as ADHD. This is somewhat confusing for most people because they think that this term ADHD refers to hyperactivity but actually people who experience attention only issues are diagnosed as ADHD without hyperactivity.
Completeness: Dyslexia was discussed extensively and provided a great deal of information. I spent a great deal of time reviewing this site because this is an issue that I am interested and need more information so that I can incorporate it when dealing with my students that experience reading disabilities. Since I have some knowledge about this disability I found it to be extremely useful. I did not recognize any omissions.
Clarity: This content in this site was well written and the site was easy to use.
Corroboration or credibility: The authority in this site that collaborated with a Ph. D. to create the Reading Research Council Dyslexia Correction Center was Ron Davis. He has dyslexia and taught himself techniques to help him overcome the challenges that a dyslexic person experiences. I looked for documentation of sources and did find that was linked to this site was an article in the Reading Improvement
.
Currency: Some of the pages in this site were updated as recently as June 24, 2008 other pages have not been updated since 2005. I was not sure where to look for references for this site.
Connections: There were a number of quality hyperlinks in this site. I found two links that did not work on the initial page but all others that were investigated opened properly. There is a key that specifically says link and when that is accessed it provides links to 412 sites that are related to the content of reading disabilities. I did not even attempt to access all of them but the few that I did on this page worked appropriately.
Design: The design of this site allowed the user to customize the site to their preference for the color and font. It was well organized and easy to navigate. It provided a logo as a link at the bottom of the page that allowed the user to quickly return to the home page.
Accessibility (508): There was a column that helped the user to quickly move from page to page within this site. In this site it had a site guideline tab that provided specific inf ormation about the site. It has direct link that allowed the user to download a speech enabler. According to the A-Checker looking for violations in section 508 the following information was reported: there were 2 known problems with frames that were missing the title; 1 potential problem in a table; the site was reported to have 5 known problems with images, 8 likely image violations, and 4 potential problems with images in this site; 2 possible problems related to multimedia support were indicated by the A-Checker, 1 potential problem in a document not having a "skip to content link" and a likely problem where a link is missing text transcript; a potential problem was detected in a table; 2 known problems exist regarding frames in this site, one did not have a title and the other one missing a noframe set. To find out about the keyboard navigation I used the Functional Accessibility Evaluator
. This evaluation tool indicated that the access keys were not defined and had a 60% fail rating.
According to the A-Checker home page, this site would need to have 18 known problems that need to be modified to meet the guidelines of section 508 and there were 12 likely problems that might need to be modified to meet the requirements of section 508.



Web Title:

Audiblox
URL Address:
www.audiblox2000.com

Content/Topic: This site addresses reading disabilities and solutions for teachers and parents to use with children who experience difficulties in reading.
Type of site description: This site is a review of a book that assist people who want to learn more about dyslexia.
Web Validator used to check site & results:
I used the A-Checker to check this website as well. I used this site to help me complete the accessibility section of this assignment. I liked this site it was easy to use and the results were presented in a much clearer way. It reported that for Section 508 it had 2 known problems, 2 likely, and 36 potential. According to the web site it says that known problems must be modified to fix the problems, the likely problems might need to be modified, and the potential problems you may not have to modify the site to meet the section 508 requirements. This site failed the requirements needed to pass Section 508.
Content:
This site was developed for people who are interested in learning more information about reading disabilities and different techniques that will benefit students that experience problems with learning to read. The content is accurate and appears to be of high quality it is appropriate for its intended audience.
Completeness:
This site adequately covered learning principles and a specific technique to increase a child's ability to read and write. I did not notice any omissions in this site.

Clarity: This site was easy to use and the content was well written.
Corroboration or credibility: This site was developed by Dr. Jan Strydom. He has a masters and a doctorate in education.

Currency:I was not able to find out when the site was last updated but overall it appeared to be up to date in references and in its timeliness of information.
Connections:
This site had many hyperlinks and they worked.
Design:
This site was easy to navigate, was well organized, and used graphics appropriately. The background and text was appropriately in its contrast.
Accessibility (508): According to the A-Checker looking for violations in section 508 the following information was reported: the site was reported to have 5 known problems with images, 7 likely image violations, and 3 potential problems with images in this site; 2 possible problems related to multimedia support were indicated by the A-Checker, 1 potential problem in a document not having a "skip to content link" and a likely problem where a link is missing text transcript; 2 known problems exist regarding frames in this site, one did not have a title and the other one missing a noframe set,2 likely problems were reported, one was missing alternate content and the second frame did not describe the relationship between the frames, finally there were 2 potential problems related to frames, one was the frame may not describe the purpose or function and the second was the frame source may not be accessible content; 1 potential problem was reported for a table it was that the data table may require th elements.
To find out about the keyboard navigation I used the
Functional Accessibility Evaluator
. This evaluation tool indicated that the navigation and orientation standards were not implemented and had a failure rate of 61%.
According to the A-Checker home page, this site would need to have 18 known problems modified to meet the guidelines of section 508 and there were 12 likely problems that might need to be modified to meet the requirements of section 508.



Web Title:

Reading Rockets
URL address:
http://www.readingrockets.org/article
Content/Topic: This site describes reading disabilities and strategies to help address the reading deficits.
Type of Site description: This site was described as a site that provides lessons, lesson plans, worksheets, tests, and assessments.
Web Validator used to check site & results: I used the A-Checker
to check this website as well. I used this site to help me complete the accessibility section of this assignment. I liked this site it was much easier to use and the results were presented in a much clearer way. It reported that for Section 508 it had 4 known problems, 1 likely, and 21 potential. According to the web site it says that known problems must be modified to fix the problems, the likely problems might need to be modified, and the potential problems you may not have to modify the site to meet the section 508 requirements.
Content: This site is intended for teachers, parents, and anyone who is interested in learning more about reading and difficulties that some children may experience. The content was accurate and would be considered to be high quality.

Completeness: As I surfed through this very extensive site, I did not see any obvious omissions and the topic was adequately covered.
Clarity: This site was very easy to use and the content was well written.
Corroboration or credibility: This site does not have one authority but rather a panel of individuals that assist in the production of a multimedia project. This website is an initiative between WETA, which is a public tv and radio station in Washington, D. C., and is funded by the U. S. Department of Education, special education. WETA was founded by Elizabeth Campbell and there is a panel of advisors for the Reading Rockets web site that are leading research experts in the field of reading. There was extensive documentation of the sources and have been the recipients of several awards including Parents Choice Award in 2006 and a Great Web site for kids from the American Library Association in 2004.
Currency: Although I was not able to validate when the information was updated but it appeared to be up to date in terms of the content and references. The information is timely because reading and the difficulties that children experience learning to read continue to be a very important topic for everyone. It continues to be an area that many people research and conduct studies in their attempt to find the answer for teaching children to read who experience trouble doing so on their own.
Connections: There were numerous hyperlinks that were working and valid sites.
Design: This site used graphics appropriately. The two graphics on the home page were an animated image of a little boy reading and the pages are turning. The second graphic on the page was a picture of a little girl.
This was a well organized and easy to navigate site. The background and text had appropriate contrast that was user friendly.
Accessibility (508): According to the A-Checker looking for violations in section 508 the following information was reported: there were 2 known problems, 2 likely problems, and 2 potential problems related to the frames. The known problems included a missing title attribute and a frame missing a noframes section; the site was reported to have 5 known problems with images, 8 likely image violations, and 4 potential problems with images in this site; 1 likely and 1 potential problems related to multimedia support were indicated by the A-Checker, 1 potential problem in a document not having a "skip to content link" and a likely problem where a link is missing text transcript; a potential problem was detected in a table. To find out about the keyboard navigation I used the
Functional Accessibility Evaluator
. This evaluation tool indicated that the status for navigation and orientation was complete with 100% pass rating.
According to the A-Checker home page, this site would need to have 11 known problems modified to meet the guidelines of section 508 and there were 7 likely problems that might need to be modified to meet the requirements of section 508.



Web Title:

Understand, Prevent & Resolve's Life Challenges
URL address: http://www.helpguide.org

Content/Topic: This site helps to assist people with a variety of topics from abuse and addictions to sleep disorder.
Type of Site description:
This site provides resources for individuals seeking to find out more information about a variety of disorders. This includes symptoms, treatment, and strategies that could be implemented in the classroom when applicaple.
Web Validator used to check site & results:
I used the
A-Checker to check this website as well. I used this site to help me complete the accessibility section of this assignment. I liked this site it was much easier to use and the results were presented in a much clearer way. It reported that for Section 508 it had 13 known problems, 9 likely, and 47 potential. According to the web site it says that known problems must be modified to fix the problems, the likely problems might need to be modified, and the potential problems you may not have to modify the site to meet the section 508 requirements.
Content: This site is intended for teachers, parents, and anyone who is interested in learning more about specific disorders. The content was accurate and would be considered to be high quality.
Completeness: This site did not have any obvious omissions and the topic was adequately covered.
Clarity: This site was very easy to use and the content was well written.
Corroboration or credibility: This site was created by the Santa Monica Rotary Club in 1999 when two members of the club lost their daughter. She committed suicide while receiving both therapy and medication to address her condition. A group of people worked together to develop this free web site for people in need. The members of this organization consist of Editorial Review Board, all of whom are doctors, a committee that is responsible for the research, writing, and editing, and a committee dedicated to the development of the site.
Currency: Although I was not able to validate when the information was updated, it appeared to be up to date in terms of the content and references. The information is timely because this project continues to provide over 4 million children with books and teachers other resources to use in their classroom.
Connections: There were numerous hyperlinks that were working and valid sites.
Design: This site used graphics appropriately. There were numerous graphics throughout the site. This was a well organized and easy to navigate site. The background and text had appropriate contrast that was user friendly.
Accessibility (508): According to the A-Checker looking for violations in section 508 the following information was reported: there were 2 known problems, 2 likely problems, and 2 potential problems related to frames. The known problems included a missing title attribute and a frame missing a noframes section; the site was reported to have 5 known problems with images, 8 likely image violations, and 4 potential problems with images in this site; 1 likely and 1 potential problems related to multimedia support were indicated by the A-Checker, 1 potential problem in a document not having a "skip to content link" and a likely problem where a link is missing text transcript; a potential problem was detected in a table. To find out about the keyboard navigation I used the Functional Accessibility Evaluator
. This evaluation tool indicated that the status for navigation and orientation was not implemented and had a 65% failure rating.
According to the A-Checker home page, this site would need to have 18 known problems modified to meet the guidelines of section 508 and there were 12 likely problems that might need to be modified to meet the requirements of section 508.



Web Title:

Reading Is Fundamental
URL address:
http://www.rif.org/educators/advicetips/tip.mspx
Content/Topic:
This site helps families and teachers to obtain the tools they need to help children acquire the skills needed to learn to read.
Type of Site description:
This site provides resources for teachers to use to help children learn to read.
Web Validator used to check site & results:
I used the A-Checker
to check this website as well. I used this site to help me complete the accessibility section of this assignment. I liked this site it was much easier to use and the results were presented in a much clearer way. It reported that for Section 508 it had 4 known problems, 1 likely, and 21 potential. According to the web site it says that known problems must be modified to fix the problems, the likely problems might need to be modified, and the potential problems you may not have to modify the site to meet the section 508 requirements.
Content: This site is intended for teachers, parents, and anyone who is interested in learning more about how to teach children to read. The content was accurate and would be considered to be high quality.
Completeness: This site did not have any obvious omissions and the topic was adequately covered.
Clarity: This site was very easy to use and the content was well written.
Corroboration or credibility: This site does not have one authority but rather a Board of Directors, National Advisory Council, and Executive Officer that work for this nonprofit organization delivering books to needy families. This organization is supported by the U. S. Department of Education, individuals, and communities. This initiative was founded by Margaret McNamara in 1966 and then the U. S. Department of Education came on board in 1975.
Currency: Although I was not able to validate when the information was updated, it appeared to be up to date in terms of the content and references. The information is timely because this project continues to provide over 4 million children with books and teachers other resources to use in their classroom.
Connections: There were numerous hyperlinks that were working and valid sites.
Design: This site used graphics appropriately. Almost each page had both images and graphics. This was a well organized and easy to navigate site. The background and text had appropriate contrast that was user friendly.
Accessibility (508): According to the A-Checker looking for violations in section 508 the following information was reported: there were 2 known problems, 2 likely problems, and 2 potential problems. The known problems included a missing title attribute and a frame missing a noframes section; the site was reported to have 5 known problems with images, 8 likely image violations, and 4 potential problems with images in this site; 1 likely and 1 potential problems related to multimedia support were indicated by the A-Checker, 1 potential problem in a document not having a "skip to content link" and a likely problem where a link is missing text transcript; a potential problem was detected in a table. To find out about the keyboard navigation I used the
Functional Accessibility Evaluator
.This evaluation tool indicated that the status for navigation and orientation was complete with 100% pass rating.
According to the A-Checker home page, this site would need to have 11 known problems modified to meet the guidelines of section 508 and there were 7 likely problems that might need to be modified to meet the requirements of section 508.



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