After passing their rigid criteria, the PWAG Official Website recently received the Gold Edition of the humble yet noteworthy Talking Hands Awards for 3rd Quarter of 2008 for being a freshly presented teaching site! It also received the Visual Delights Award under the Key Teaching-Learning Element.
Based on the collective judgment of the awards committee, PWAG website merited the award because it teaches web accessibility with great commitment and introducing new terms and concepts augmented with thoughtful and precise narrative. They also added:
All of us have heard in one form or another that the “holy grail” of web design is to merge the artist and technician into one, who presents accessibility and standards compliance into beauty and understanding. (PWAG) accomplishes that task with eye candy etched in a visitors memory. First impressions aside, the resources contained within the website are freshly presented by a large group of young people, much younger than myself, who will make a difference for we who are disabled.
The Talking Hands Award Program started in 1986 to honor the father’s mother of Mr. Denny Lancaster who taught him American Sign Language at an early age and to provide resources as their family searched for information about morphea. As the Internet became popular, the program began giving out the website awards in 1998.International Children’s Library was last year’s Annual Award Honoree while DLSU Official Website received the Gold Edition award in 4th Quarter of 2006.
The award’s singular purpose is to reward web site authors, who through their creative excellence provide a web site which teaches, contains teaching elements in sufficient detail, and otherwise leaves a visitor with something of significant value after returning to their normal daily activities, which will enable them to be better citizens of the world.
In order to pass their criteria, they required to release the exclusive availability of PWAG Resources links to everyone and not just to Yahoogroup members. The site must also reach the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guideline 1.0 Level Double-A and with no validation errors on all HTML and CSS files in order to receive their laudation. PWAG website received a total of 14 nominations which merited the Gold Edition Award.