[Athen] Liz Bottner research (acessible survey)

Teresa Wells Haven tlwells at uark.edu
Thu Apr 19 10:43:59 PDT 2007

Thanks, Shawn. I hadn't yet tried it with JAWS; I'm a keyboard user and
had so far been able to make my way thru the site using no mouse,
although some pages had so many links and so much content that I knew
they would be hellacious to listen through with JAWS. I had only found
one graphic without a meaningful alt tag, which also had my hopes up.
But guess this means I won't be using or recommending this company... at
least not yet. Will keep my hopes up that they take the feedback
seriously, and I'll share some with them as well.


-----Original Message-----
From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Shawn Foster
Sent: Thursday, April 19, 2007 12:18 PM
To: 'Access Technologists in Higher Education Network'
Subject: Re: [Athen] Liz Bottner research (acessible survey)

I tried it out with a couple of my more savvy students. The ZoomText
user reported no problems... but then his response never logged because
he missed the "submit" button! The JAWS user was extremely frustrated
and had to have sighted assistance to complete the survey.

I contacted the developers. At least one seems to be interested in
receiving some feedback from AT users. Of course, that doesn't guarantee

Shawn Foster
Assistive Technology Specialist
Disability Services for Students
Southern Oregon University
email: fosters at sou.edu
phone: (541)552-6213
Office hours: 8-2, M-F

>>> On 4/19/2007 at 9:18 AM, in message

<006301c7829e$50d50590$07d2b882 at CSDAdTech>, Teresa Wells Haven
<tlwells at uark.edu> wrote:

Dann, as it so happens I'm working my way through www.surveyz.com
<http://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


-----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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