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Survey Regarding Web Accessibility in the University Setting (Response date extended to August 31st)

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From: Annmarie L Gemma
Date: Aug 21, 2005 5:40PM


Dear WebAIM List Subscribers:

Thank you to those of you who have already responded. For those of
you who still wish to participate, I have extended the response date
to August 31st.

Project Summary Statement

You have been invited to take part in a research study to learn more
about factors that contribute to the accessibility of on-line course
content and of university web sites to students with visual
impairments or dyslexia. This study will be conducted by Annmarie
Gemma, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, Department of
Management & Systems, New York University, as part of her masters
thesis work. Her faculty sponsor is Dr. Louis Stern, NYU School of
Continuing and Professional Studies.

If you agree to be in this study, you will be asked to take part in a
survey concerning your universitys policies and procedures for
creating accessible on-line course content using learning management
systems, such as Blackboard or WebCT, and for creating an accessible
university web site. Participation in this study will involve
approximately 20 minutes.

There are no known risks associated with your participation in this
research beyond those of everyday life. Although you will receive no
direct benefits, this research may help the investigator understand
web accessibility better and may help the investigator to make
suggestions to universities for improving web accessibility for
students who have visual impairments or dyslexia.

Your individual responses will remain confidential because your name
or specific, personally identifying features will never be associated
with your responses in any written or oral presentation. Instead, your
responses will serve as data that are grouped with the responses of
other participants.

Participation in this study is voluntary. You may refuse to
participate or withdraw at any time without penalty. You have the
right to skip or not answer any questions you prefer not to answer.

If there is anything about the study or your participation that is
unclear or that you do not understand, or if you have questions or
wish to report a research-related problem, you may contact Annmarie
Gemma at (718) 248-9689 or by e-mail at <EMAIL REMOVED> or the faculty
sponsor, Dr. Louis Stern at (646) 312-3653 or <EMAIL REMOVED> . For
questions about your rights as a research participant, you may contact
the University Committee on Activities Involving Human Subjects, New
York University, (212) 998-4808 or <EMAIL REMOVED> .

If you are interested in completing the survey, please click on the
following link:

http://www.zoomerang.com/survey.zgi?p=WEB224J2ADL3BG

Please print a copy of this form for your records.

Your time and participation are greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,
Annmarie Gemma