Their purpose is to promote self-determination, independence, productivity and integration and included in all parts community life for people with disabilities.
Their site contained many pages consisting of videos, support documentation, council meetings, etc. There was no clear navigation, the site was very dated and items had no reasoning and effort to help the user easy manuver through the site.
NCCDD wanted a site that would promote their user base to actively use the site to find out information on the council and how to promote their public policy and advocacy. Also, they wanted their site to be less confusing and easy to navigate.
Before diving into the project, I conducted an analysis of the other 49 council sites across the nation to determine what other sites found important and how their user experience compared to each other as a whole and to NCCDD’s individual site.
1. Council Members: this user profile is accessing the site to read about future meetings and events, past meeting notes and access various documents
2. People with Disabilities: this user profile is accessing the site to discover means of self-advocacy, current initiatives, upcoming events and public policy for themselves
3. Families and Caregivers of People with Disabilities: this user profile is accessing the site to discover means of self-advocacy, current initivatives, upcoming events and public policy for themselves
Using illustrator to create a wireframe, we was able to layout and present how to access important aspects of the site.
Design and Development
Once the structure of the site was approved, design comps were presented and the site was passed off to a development team. The development process was closely monitored and tested to ensure the site was functioning properly.
The site was tested by members of the council and by a person with visual impairments for accessibility, navigation, ease of finding desired information. The results were positive with minor changes.