We've Rearranged the Place!
Welcome to the new, improved NARIC.com!
We recently completed a redesign and reorganization of our website. This is the first major redesign since 2005. In preparation, we worked with The Paciello Group to analyze our existing site for accessibility and usability. Based on their findings, we developed an new site using the Drupal 7 platform. Here are some highlights:
This site uses a three-column layout with navigation on the left, of-the-moment items on the right, and the center column reserved for the bulk of the content. This template was selected based on current research on website usability and expectations of site users regarding navigation, content, and search placement. Some pages include iFrames, specifically those which feature search forms for our three databases. The layout has been tested in Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. We also tested it using a full range of standard screen configurations and with current screen readers and voice-activation programs. If you encounter any difficulty in browsing, reading, or searching our site, please notify us immediately and we will do our best to address the barrier.
Color and font pallete
This site is built with the Zero Point theme. We selected a pallete of blue, grey, and black. All colors were tested for contrast.
This new design features primary navigation as tabs across the top of the screen. The tabs are labeled to direct you to the information you need whether you are a researcher looking for journal articles, a parent looking for a support organization, or a prospective grantee who wants to learn more about NIDRR's research program. Second-level navigation appears on the left side of the screen and is specific to the section you are exploring. The right side of the screen is reserved for items which may change based on what page you have landed on.
Where are the databases?
We host three databases on our site. REHABDATA, our index of disability and rehabilitation research literature, is listed under Articles, Books, & Reports. This is where you want to start your search for journal articles, books, manuals, and other research materials available in our collection. NIDRR's current and completed projects are searchable under Research Projects. Start there if you are searching for the latest research activities in your field. Organizations, agencies, and other resources are searchable in the Knowledgebase. Start there if you are looking for support groups, assistance programs, and other resources to help you live independently.
We've added several features to the new naric.com including
- Pages in Spanish and English. Look for the translation link at the bottom of any page.
- Explore the Thesaurus terms appear at random on the right side of the page.
- Multimedia collection. Check out the latest videos and podcasts from NIDRR grantees!
- The ICF Thesaurus Crosswalk. Are you familiar with the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health? See how it compares with our REHABDATA Thesaurus.
We encourage you to give us feedback on our new site and the resources we highlight. Each page includes a very brief form at the bottom of the page. It is completely anonymous. Please give us your thoughts and suggestions for how we may improve your search experience at NARIC.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we venture into this new look!