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National Federation of the Blind

The National Federation of the Blind helps blind and visually-impaired people access resources and support for leading fulfilling lives. The site includes an extensive collection of literature including articles, brochures, forums, and books. This website is a great resource regarding vision loss, including materials for parents and teachers of blind children, senior care, vision loss in the workplace, and support for those currently undergoing vision loss.

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Review Date: 9/17/2018

Scoring

Ease of Use

Navigating this website can be overwhelming. There are numerous headings, subheadings, and links that vie for the reader's attention. Pages are almost entirely text-based with small font, which further increases the difficulties readers have finding the desired information.

Visual Design

The website's design is strange and sloppy in many ways. Only half of the browser is used; the entire right half of the page is gray and devoid of content. Very little focus on images, but occasionally the site promotes a relevant video or other multimedia resource.

Quality

The National Federation of the Blind's primary function is to link readers with resources that are crucial for those with visual impairment. As a collection of relevant tools and information, the website provides a good deal of value. However, much of the website's original content is not referenced and limited in detail.

Credibility

The site's "Information About Vision Loss" section does not cite authors or show publication dates. However, the list of upcoming conventions, blog posts, publications, and newsletter are all up-to-date. And the National Federation of the Blind is a highly credible source of health information in the field, although the website could do more to strengthen the credibility of it's on-side materials.

Pros

  1. Content specific to multiple audiences including parents, diabetics, employers, etc.
  2. Easy-to-read, help text that provides relevant advice and resources
  3. Beneficial for those seeking outside resources related to blindness

Cons

  1. Content available on the website is limited and inconsistent
  2. Does not appear to be fully accessible to blind readers
  3. Many commercial aspects like paid memberships and subscriptions, online shopping, and educational programs
  4. Downloadable information packets may be outdated

Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: National Federation of the Blind, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1940

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: Mobile app, audio/video collection, blogs, online store

Languages: English

Contact: pmaurer@nfb.org