quick stroll through The DRM
Guide to Disability Resources on the Internet is enough to tell you that
there are an incredible number of organizations, companies and individuals
that proclaim to offer disability information and support online. While the
sites we include in The DRM WebWatcher or mention
in Disability Resources Monthly are limited to those which meet our selection
criteria, your surfing will undoubtedly
take you to many other sites. Some of these will be great resources, while
others may be relatively useless, inaccurate or misleading. Some may even
be dangerous scams. Here are some things to look for when visiting unfamiliar
- What is the site's attitude towards people with disabilities?
sites should respect the individuality of their visitors, and
offer information that readers can use to make their own choices.
Beware of pity-pot sites designed to help poor handicapped souls,
and be equally concerned about extremist advocacy sites that
reject all approaches but their own.
- Who sponsors or funds the site?
- Look for
sites that are sponsored by government agencies, reputable academic
institutions, or legitimate nonprofit
organizations. While commercially funded sites and personal home
pages can be excellent resources, beware of potential conflicts
of interests. Avoid sites that do not indicate a sponsor or funding
- Who wrote the information?
anybody can write anything on the Internet. Find
out what the author's background and qualifications are. Be wary
of sites that do not provide this information.
- How current is the information? When was it last
- Beware of
sites with old information - or no dates at all.
- If the site contains legal or medical
- See if there
is an editorial board that includes independent experts. Maintain
a healthy level of skepticism, and check with your own doctor
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