Deaf site designs for special needs


Deaf site designs for special needs

Daniel Thomas

A Web site for the eight million deaf and blind people in the UK has been relaunched, with a more accessible and user-friendly design.

The Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID) site has been redesigned to comply with Web Accessibility Initiative guidelines. It can now be used by people with special needs, such as blind people who use speaking browsers or Braille readers.

The site has improved interactive features, including a discussion board, questionnaires and animated fingerspelling - a simplified version of sign language.

The e-commerce side of the site has also improved. Users can now browse hundreds of RNID Sound Advantage products, including textphones and "shakeawake" alarms and buy them online using credit or debit cards.

There is an online donation form and space for logos of corporate partners, which should help to raise additional funds. In addition, users can become individual or organisational members online.


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