Dear ADLS User:
Thank you for participating in the on-going evaluation of ADLS-on-the-Web. When reviewing ADLS, please remember that the information is being edited continually and company and device data may change daily. Similarly, the categories are not exhaustive of recent developments in adaptive and assistive aids and accessories.
ADLS-on-the-Web is based on an earlier product designed and manufactured by our company. ADLS-for-Microcomputers shipped on floppy disks and CD-ROMs. This system was used widely in computer and family resource centers, libraries, schools, and other institutions and has been updated periodically eight times. The ADLS-on-the-Web project was conceived to make the system more widely accessible to the individual with a disability and his or her family and to institutions and professionals who work with individuals with disabilities who do not have access to the computer-based system.
At this time, we are interested in your reaction to the ADLS presentation format and search process. In particular, how well do ADLS-like Internet systems provide access to the types of information about adaptive and assistive devices needed by individuals with disabilities, their families, and the professionals who assist them. Please focus on these aspects of the interactive system. Comments or assistance you care to give regarding extending or updating the system will be appreciated and used, but please try not to let limitations in content influence your evaluation of the presentation format and search process.
The protocol for this evaluation follows three steps:
Please begin by scrolling down through this evaluation report, reading the the first section entitled "Search Report" and skimming the other sections for general content.
Then return to the ADLS home page and read the "User Instructions." Next, try out the Locator System, to gain familiarity by exploration. If you have difficulty, return to the ADLS home page and take the link to "Trouble-Shooting."
Now follow the instructions in the "Search Report." Conceptualize a function or purpose for your search that possibly could be facilitated by an adaptive device of some kind. Then use ADLS to conduct your search, noting the decision branches you followed and the types of devices you found.
Return to this page and complete the entire evaluation form. The form page seems lengthy but can be completed in a surprising short time. Your comments and suggestions are very important and there is plenty of room for them on the form. When completely filled out, click on the "Submit" button at the bottom to send your evaluation responses.
If you would like to test ADLS with one or more of your colleagues or clients, please ask each person to submit a separate evaluation form. The data that you and your colleagues provide will help shape ADLS-on-the-Web as an information resource and tool for special populations throughout the world.
After you have practiced a little, familiarized yourself with ADLS, and become comfortable using the web site, assume that you are going to conduct a search for a device to meet certain functional needs of a person with a disability.
In the spaces below, briefly describe yourself and your organization so that we can build a summary description of our respondent sample.