Focus: Communications - Site Visit - www.brainwave.org.uk

Any parent struggling to deal with the diagnosis of a child's mental impairment faces tremendous pressures. Some will find useful information on this website, which provides details of approaches that have helped children in similar circumstances.

Brainwave offers therapy for brain-injured and special needs children.

More than 1,500 such children and their families have been supported by the charity since 1982. The site sets out to offer visitors a guide to the charity's particular solution to some of these issues, and it is clear and easy to navigate.

Main pages

The homepage makes good use of white space and colours, with an attractive grid that establishes the main palette used by the website throughout.

Pictorial use is restrained, and the site is all the better for it. There's no news immediately visible, although case histories and testimonials can easily found by using menus. The site could benefit from displaying a bit more information as news items.

Special features

The main page is laid out clearly with good use of guiding colours.

There is also a nice photo gallery: the user clicks on an icon and a description of the item pops up.

Brainwave says

"We believe our new website offers a comprehensive resource for doctors and parents of children with brain injury and other special needs, or anyone who wants information about our home-based therapy programmes, which have helped hundreds of children achieve developmental milestones way beyond their parents' expectations."

- Site visit is by technology writer Gary Flood

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