National Center on Deaf-Blindness

Clear organization and powerful CMS tools reduce staff management time

NCDB is part of the Deaf-Blind Network and provides technical assistance to experts who work with children who are deaf-blind, including state staff, service providers, educators, teachers and parents. Types of content include research, data, training materials, videos and best practices.

NCDB came to OMBU with an outdated site that was driven by two different content management systems, neither meeting the needs of the organization.

The new site needed a cutting-edge CMS that could grow with content strategy and organizational needs, and includes design flourishes that could make technical pages stand out. Housing a wealth of information on Deaf-Blindness, the new site needed to be well organized topically, starting at a high level and supporting exploration by topic or audience to dive deeper. Above all, the site needed to be easy to maintain, without requiring developer support.

OMBU designed and built an accessible website, conformant with WCAG 2.1 level AA guidelines. The website is managed with a powerful and easy-to-use CMS supporting: structured and unstructured content types, localization, a centralized media library and version control. Some types of content have templated areas for semantic content, but all types of content support complex page layouts using resizable, moveable blocks. NCDB is not locked into hard-coded page layouts.

Accessibility compliance was a critical site goal. The new NCDB site adheres to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 level AA.

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