In surfing for autism-related stuff today, I found this article
from NIMH describing a new job training site designed for people with autism and other developmental disabilities.
So, being an autistic person myself, I had to check out the site in question:http://www.do2learn.com/JobTIPS/
...umm, where's the menu? There's this big blank space where it looks like there should be a menu, and the "helpful hints" link definitely mentions that there should be a toolbar on the left...
::allows site in NoScript::
Ahh, there's... a bunch of images that are rather small and blurry. Let me look at the alt text...
Umm... OK, blank image icons with no ALT text, wonderful. At least the filenames actually indicate what the menu items are, so screen readers can sort of make sense of them, which is better than some sites I've seen. Let me try tabbing to that...
::continues hitting Tab, which skips over the menu entirely::
::turns on screen reader navigation, is able to tab to the menu items, but can't find where the pop-out menu is when I simulate a mouseover event::
Oh, and to add insult to injury? The company's contact page
has its form labels as un-ALT-tagged images (no, designers, it's not obvious to everyone that "eadd.jpg" = "e-mail address", especially with there being no <label> tags either). And an image-only CAPTCHA at the end of the form, on top of that.
I get the distinct impression that the people behind this have never actually met a person with a disability who uses the web.