SALT Development Executive Director, Sarah Goodrich (second row, far right) stands with Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region President and CEO, John Eberle, and Jackie Mahoney, Executive Vice President (front row, center) and other Community Impact 2017 grant recipients.
SEPTEMBER 5, SCHOHARIE, NY. SALT Development has been awarded a $15,000 grant by The Marjorie Doyle Rockwell Fund for the Disabled of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region to make the Trails to Tales of Schoharie County website more accessible for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, have photosensitivity, low vision, and/or other disabilities. In addition, SALT has secured funds from the Golub Foundation and a local anonymous donor as match for the project.
SALT Development will be partnering with Schoharie ARC staff and the people they serve to gather feedback on how the website can be improved. In addition, the website will be updated to meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, the international standard for making online content usable for people with disabilities. Closed captioning will also be added to video and audio clips on the website.
Trails to Tales of Schoharie County is a dynamic, interactive website that uses virtual maps, videos, photos, and audio clips to showcase the county’s rich history and striking beauty. The virtual maps guide users to over 100 historic, agricultural, and cultural points of interest throughout the county.
While the internet is an important daily tool for people with disabilities, it is not always formatted in a way that everyone can use. With this grant, SALT Development will be able to ensure that all people can use the Trails to Tales website to enjoy all that Schoharie County has to offer.
“We see a direct link between empowering the people we support through technology use and their own personal success,” stated Terry A. Tetlak, Director of the Schoharie County ARC. “In addition, a component of our site-based Day Habilitation Services involves outings into the community, and by using the Trails to Tales website, ARC staff will be able to involve the people we support in the decision making process for selecting outing destinations.”
“With this project, we hope to encourage everyone to explore and discover Schoharie County using the Trails to Tales website,” adds SALT Development Director, Jerrine Corallo.
SALT Development’s current and future projects seek to build a strong local economy by promoting our unique natural and cultural resources and building on our agricultural roots through dynamic, creative and collaborative projects.