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Users Help NIDCD Redesign Web Site
BETHESDA, MD-The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) announces the launching of a new, more user-friendly design of its Web site, located at www.nidcd.nih.gov. Consumers, researchers, and healthcare professionals who visit the site will find it easier than ever to access information about disorders of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language.
"This new site reflects my conviction that the Internet has become a principal communicator of information from NIDCD," said James F. Battey, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., and director of the NIDCD. "It is important that we have an effective Web site that contains credible information about human communication disorders."
To improve the usability of the site, NIDCD recruited representative Web-site users to test the old version of the site and a prototype of the new one, incorporating user suggestions into the new design. New features include a subscription service that provides Email notification about new research findings and new issues of the NIDCD's biannual newsletter, Inside NIDCD, and a quick way for users to provide feedback about the site.
The NIDCD site was established in 1996 and underwent its first reorganization three years later. The new design represents the first update to be based on the needs of Web audiences rather than on the institute's organizational structure.
As the nation's focal point for research in human communication, the NIDCD is one of the institutes of the National Institutes of Health, within the Department of Health and Human Services. NIDCD supports and conducts research and research training on normal mechanisms as well as diseases and disorders of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language that affect millions of Americans. NIDCD also develops and disseminates health information, based on scientific discovery, for the public.