Communication and Information
Age-friendly communities recognize that not everyone has a smartphone or internet access and that information needs to be disseminated through a variety of means. In an age where communication and information are more accessible and yet more fragmented, communities need to identify current means and methods of providing information to residents and ways to improve communications.
- AARP TEK - TEK stands for Technology, Education, Knowledge. AARP TEK workshops are fun, free, and hands-on learning events that teach older adults how to safely and effectively use personal technology devices, engage with social media platforms and access online resources.
- SeniorNet - SeniorNet Learning Centers offer computer skills classes specifically designed for adults 50 and older. The page "Find a Learning Center" provides information about its programs in the United States, Japan, Malaysia and Sweden (SeniorNet).
- A Platform for Aging in Place: The Increasing Potential of High-Speed Internet Connectivity - This report, by the AARP Public Policy Institute, discusses how the delivery of information and communication services over a high-speed Internet connection increase the potential for older adults to live independently, safely and comfortably in their own homes.
- For more AARP resources on Communication and Information, visit their website.
- Typography for Visually Impaired People - These notes sum up research and experience in designing paper
documents for visually impaired people (textmatters.com).
- Making Your Word Documents Accessible - The right to accessibility extends to accessing electronic documents
in formats that work correctly with assistive technologies including special computer hardware and software that is designed to help those with accessibility challenges (MNSCU).
- E-Text: An Introduction to Alternative Format - Materials that are developed employing Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles benefit all people, especially those with disabilities. People may ultimately need their information in Braille, audio, text-to-speech, or DAISY (Digital Accessibility Information System) talking books. With flexible electronic materials, creating these alternate formats becomes quicker and easier (Colorado State University).