New Online Disability Statistics Compendium

New Online Disability Statistics Compendium

Feb 23, 2017
Snapshot of disability www.disabilitycompendium.org

You know what would be super useful? A disability statistics compendium where people can find stats from lots of federal agencies all in one place. UNH's Institute on Disability (IOD) came to RCC looking for a web-based solution to meet this vision.   

According to their website (www.iod.unh.edu), the IOD provides, "a university-based focus for the improvement of knowledge, policies, and practices related to the lives of people with disabilities and their families..."  RCC worked with the IOD to design a web-based tool for collecting statistics on people with disabilities from various federal agencies and programs.  

RCC was able to build the website so that the compendium's data is uploaded directly into the site via American Community Survey spreadsheets and custom CSV files.  Rather than running calculations in Excel and copying tables and graphs into a document, the site and its PDF generator now perform these duties.  A token replacement system was also developed so that the statistics being reported are updated with the newest stats while the text relating to the data doesn't need to be changed each year.  According to lead RCC developer Erin Dame, the site administrators are thrilled that they don't have to duplicate effort each year thanks to the templating and token replacement system.  

In addition to the compendium, an annual report and a supplement are available for download from the site.  To see all that it can do, or to access the compendium, please visit www.disabilitycompendium.org

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