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Characteristics of international websites with information on developmental disabilities

B. Reichow, N. W. Gelbar, K. Mouradjian, A. Shefcyk, A. Chainani,

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The Internet often serves as a primary resource for individuals seeking health-related information, and a large and growing number of websites contain information related to developmental disabilities. This paper presents the results of an international evaluation of the characteristics and content of the top 10 ranked results (i.e., not including sponsored results - pay-per-click) returned when one of five terms related to developmental disabilities (i.e., ADHD, autism, down syndrome, learning disability, intellectual disability) was entered into one of six country specific Google online search engines (i.e., Australia (, Canada (, Ireland (, New Zealand (, the United Kingdom (, and the United States ( on October 22, 2013. Collectively, we found that international consumers of websites related to developmental disabilities will encounter different websites with differing content and terminology, and should be critical consumers to ensure they locate the information they are seeking.;Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Journal/Publication : Research in Developmental Disabilities

Domain/s: Education

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