Pick up your phone with your eyes closed.

Keep your eyes closed, no peaking!

Now, try to turn on the flashlight feature within 30 seconds.

It’s hard, right?

Now imagine trying to read newspapers, magazines and books with limited or no vision.

That is where our client, Georgia Radio Reading Service, comes in.

The Client

The Georgia Radio Reading Service serves the blind, visually-impaired, and print-impaired population of Georgia. Beginning in 1980, GaRRS provides 24 hour audio programming through their transmitter radios. Programs range from local newspapers and magazines, to original content created by the service, GaRRS has the potential to grow and serve a larger population in addition to Georgians. Their current website was built in 1990, and their radios do not get service across the entire state. This is our task; to bring GaRRS up to speed on their website and technological capabilities. Through our website rebuild, we will create a platform that hosts streaming, a digital archive of programming, and an easily-maintained user management system.

The Problem

GaRRS produces high-quality programming, but their current website hinders the nonprofit’s reach and success.

The archive of programming is outdated, and the overall design is not an accurate representation of how important their mission is.

The radio reception does not reach the entire state, and the current website limits the reach to only the state of Georgia.

Additionally, GaRRS is currently unable to track their users due to every login existing under the same login criteria.

This is our task; Bring GaRRS up to speed on their website and technological capabilities.

The Solution

Create a dynamic website, fully accessible to any visually-impaired, print-impaired or blind individual nation-wide. Some improvements to the current website will include:

  • Digital archive organizational system
  • Password protected feature to ensure security for copyrighted material
  • User management system
  • Analytics and tracking methods
  • SoundCloud or other audio streaming integration

Research

Screen readers are used by many individuals in our audience. Making an accessible website means that we need to layout the text and webpages in a way that makes sense when said aloud with no visuals. While doing so we can refer to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 and the ADA section 508.

Section 508 is the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and it lists the electronic and information technology accessibility standards monitored by the Department of Justice. Other ways we will make our website accessible will include; making the text and background high contrast, allowing desktop users to view the mobile site, and paying close attention to any action buttons and what colors are used.

Technology

This is where we will apply our knowledge of “new media”.

First, we will work with our client to find an affordable hosting company, preferably GoDaddy.

Then, we will incorporate a user management system for new users. Wordpress will be our base platform to build the new website from the ground up.

Finally, within Wordpress we will use our skills of HTML, CSS, to create a dynamic and responsive interface. Additional features and widget incorporation will include a contact page, Google Analytics to follow the site traffic, and possibly SoundCloud as an affordable content organizational system for the archived audio material.

Because accessing technology as a blind individual is a foreign concept for our team, we understand we need to approach our technology with an open mind.

The sky’s the limit.

Path

Completed of Project Plan and Proposal ……………………………………2/2

Completed Wireframe demonstrating flow, functionality, and look of application……………………………………………………………………2/21

Completed Beta assignments, first go at building our product. Made of the same materials as the final product………………………………………..3/30

Final product debut………………………………………………………….4/25

SLAM, Celebrate!……………………………………………………………4/29

Goals

Create a new website for GARRS that focuses on accessibility and encompasses the brand’s mission.

The website should include:

  • A user management System
  • Digital archive of past and current programming
  • 24/7 Web streaming capability

The Team

Rachel Cohen

Danielle Lewan

Caroline Elliott

Emma Kate Protis

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