WEBSITE FOR SIGHT-IMPAIRED PEOPLE UNDER DEVELOPMENT BY LDSBC CLASS

D. Louise Brown
Students in Ken Larson's Web Development II class are putting the final touches on a website for sight-impaired people. Friends for Sight, a non-profit, Salt Lake organization that provides information accessibility to sight-impaired people, struggled to keep a decent website available. Aware of the College's service-learning projects, President and CEO of Friends for Sight, Colleen Malouf, asked for help, and was referred to Larson's web class.
"The students have done all the page layout, they wrote the code, it's in the final stages of being completed," said Brother Larson. "It's now dynamic so they can keep a calendar on there. As soon as information is saved, it's on the site."
Among the 11 students involved in the project, Michael Dodge served as the project leader and liason to Friends for Sight. Software devices on the market will enable sight-impaired people to utilize the information on the site via a Braille pad or an audio read-out.
"It's been a good experience for the students, and certainly a great service to Friends for Sight," Brother Larson said.
December 2, 2002