May 25, 2016
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Lynne Hanner, Director, Institutional Advancement
AIDB.org Enhances Site Accessibility
Accessibility in communication is a major emphasis of education, rehabilitation and employment programs at Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind. AIDB provides sign language interpreters, Braille and large print textbooks and materials, state-of-the-art assistive technology and many other programs and devices to ensure that individuals who are deaf, blind, deafblind or have other disabilities can access information in an appropriate and timely manner.
Reaffirming this commitment, AIDB has added additional accessibility standards to its external website – AIDB.org – to enhance its user-friendly features. “Sitecues” is from Ai Squared, the makers of ZoomText, and can be accessed at the very top of the AIDB web page. Sitecues features improved access in several areas including:
- Zoom – adjusting magnification to enlarge the page
- Speech – to read text aloud
- Other options include user changes to the muse or color selections.
“Accessibility is a priority for us at AIDB,” said President Dr. John Mascia. “Making information available and accessible to everyone with hearing or vision loss or other disabilities is an important statement about who we are and what we are trying to do as an organization. Assistive technology is a cornerstone of our education and career training programs and it is exciting to put this added dimension of accessibility to work on our external web site and social media outlets.”
AIDB.org gives online access to all of AIDB’s programs and activities and includes pages for all major divisions of the Institute – the five Talladega-based campuses including Alabama School for the Blind, Alabama School for the Deaf, Helen Keller School, Gentry Facility and Alabama Industries for the Blind – the eight regional centers, health and clinical services, the special equestrian program and the AIDB Foundation. In addition, helpful information related to hearing and vision loss is also available on the site as well as links to career opportunities and a catalog for Alabama Industries for the Blind.
Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind is the nation’s most comprehensive organization serving individuals who are deaf, blind, deafblind and other disabilities from birth through aging. Established in 1858, AIDB operates five campuses in Talladega and eight regional centers serving more than 23,500 children annually throughout all 67 counties of the state. Campus programs include Alabama School for the Deaf, Alabama School for the Blind, Helen Keller School (for deafblind and multidisabled children), the Gentry Facility (a postsecondary rehabilitation program for adults) and Alabama Industries for the Blind (a manufacturing facility and the state’s largest employer of blind adults). Regional Centers are located in Birmingham, Dothan, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Talladega, Tuscaloosa and Tuscumbia.