JAN is a consulting service that provides information about job accommodations, the employability of people with disabilities, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Included in this site are: disability resources, accommodation ideas, JAN publications, links to web sites by specific disabilities, support group information, and details on how to author accessible web pages.
The main goal of this site is to describe the services of this consulting service. It is not a learning object of the type usually included in MERLOT.
Target Student Population:
This site does not appear to have been designed with the teacher in training in mind. It is most appropriate for professionals who work with individuals with disabilities regarding job accommodations and employability issues.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
None, except basic website operation skills.
Type of Material:
This site could act as a reference point for prospective teachers as they encounter students with a variety of disabilities and transition needs.
Evaluation and Observation
Quite a few practical solutions for appropriate job accommodations are listed under 43 different category headings. The information provided regarding ADA and other disability-related legislation is accurate and clearly written.
A section regarding the background and definition of transition issues/terms would be beneficial for a newcomer to this topic. According to the site map page, the site has not been updated for just over a year from the time of this review.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
As previously stated, this site highlights the services of a consulting firm. For that reason, this does not seem to be particularly useful as a learning tool for teachers in training.
In order to make this a valuable learning tool for teachers, the commercial nature of the site would have to be eliminated. No active learning goals are discernible and could be added. The potential for enhancing learning or integrating learning activities seems negligible.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
This site is also available in a large print version. Some links are available in more than one format (i.e., HTML, Microsoft Word, text files). This site has been Bobby Approved.
This site is quite disorganized. The page layouts are not consistent; however, the print is easy to read. If the user begins with the site map (which is not listed until the very bottom of the home page), navigation becomes much less frustrating. However, this map does not match with the main navigational buttons at the bottom of some of the screens. Additionally, the navigational buttons are sometimes different from page to page.
Other Issues and Comments:
This site is not recommended for use in a teacher education program.