[Athen] Liz Bottner research (acessible survey)

Teresa Wells Haven tlwells at uark.edu
Thu Apr 19 09:18:07 PDT 2007

Dann, as it so happens I'm working my way through www.surveyz.com today
to try to determine the level of accessibility of their survey
tool/service. Does anyone out there in ATHEN already have
experience/comments with SurveyZ? At the moment it's appearing fairly
good to me, but haven't yet had much time to play with it...


-----Original Message-----
From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Berkowitz, Daniel J
Sent: Thursday, April 19, 2007 9:28 AM
To: Liz Bottner
Cc: Access Technologists in Higher Education Network
Subject: [Athen] Liz Bottner research (acessible survey)


I am sharing this e-mail with colleagues from the Access Technologist
Higher Education Network. Several members have been working on the issue
of accessible web-based survey tools and perhaps one of them can offer
assistance or at least discuss this with you further.

Cheers --- Dann

Daniel Berkowitz - Assistant Director
Boston University Office of Disability Services
19 Deerfield Street, 2nd floor
Boston, MA 02215

(617) 353-3658 (office)
(617) 353-9646 (fax)
<mailto:djbrky at bu.edu> djbrky at bu.edu (eMail)
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From: Liz Bottner [mailto:lizb at udel.edu]
Sent: Saturday, April 14, 2007 12:34 PM
To: Berkowitz, Daniel J
Subject: My research

Hi Dann:

I want to thank you for responding to my post regarding my research.
The topic of information access is of most interest to me, and is of
great importance not only to myself, but, I feel, to everyone, and is
definitely worth researching. I myself use a combination of Braille and
computer/assistive technology in order to obtain that access.
Information should be available to everyone, not just one specific sect
of the population, and I strongly believe that the combination of using
Braille and assistive technology together, and not just either one or
the other alone, helps close that information gap. Some things are
easier to do with hardcopy Braille, such as skimming a document, finding
specific pages, and even proofreading, whereas computer/assistive
technology is a better solution in other instances; completing
assignments, access to the Internet, and reading books that would
otherwise be too huge to carry around were they in multiple Braille
volumes. (Instead of only being able to carry around one book or part
of a book, we can carry around thousands of books either on our laptop
computers or portable note taking devices). Some find that by listening
to speech, they can also read faster than were they to read the same
thing in Braille. These are some of my thoughts and opinions on the
topic, at any rate, to give you an idea of my take on things and where
I'm trying to go with my research, which I hopefully have been able to

Regarding a survey, I would love to be able to implement an online
survey as that would probably be easier for people to answer and I'm
guessing also easier for me to compile the responses once people have
completed it. In that, though, I have no idea how to go about creating
one. For previous surveys, I have just written out a Microsoft Word
document of the survey and stored each person's completed survey in a
particular folder on my computer, organizing things that way. If you
would be able to help me create an online survey or know of someone who
would be willing, I would be greatly interested. I have an idea of the
questions I want to ask, (the survey really isn't that involved and
shouldn't be that long), so perhaps making it available online wouldn't
be that hard to do? I don't know.

Thank you, take care, and whatever help or suggestions you would be able
to offer me in completing my research is greatly appreciated.

Thanks again,


Email: lizb at udel.edu Visit my Live Journal:

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