The Web site, afterdeployment.org (AD), is the Department of Defense (DoD) response to a congressional mandate to develop a behavioral health Web portal focused on post-deployment problems. The site was created to provide mental health support for soldiers dealing with post traumatic stress disorder related to a deployment experience. AD provides soldiers with pre-clinical mental health support, engaging users with video training/testimonials, interactive activities self-paced workshops, self-assessments, and quizzes in a secure anonymous environment.
AD features twelve programs users can access anonymously. Users can take self-assessments with tailored feedback and recommendations, test their knowledge with user-friendly quizzes, view actual testimonials from service members and families, and participate in narrator-guided workshops.
While users can take advantage of the site without registering, they can also register for a more personalized experience. Registered users can track their progress through self-help workshops, review the results of their self-assessments and set personal options such as accessibility.
The After Deployment site provides users with the option to take a preliminary pre-clinical exam before beginning on their journey to self-help. This initial assessment can focus on a particular topic area or all of the topics covered on the site. Users are provided direction to self-help tools within the site based on their responses to the assessment questions.
The After Deployment site is fully compliant with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (http://www.access-board.gov/508.htm), providing screen-reader-friendly and low-bandwidth equivalents to multimedia pages, alternative text for images, and closed-captioning options. Users can choose between a workshop with sound, images and video or an entirely text workshop , with no loss of function. The independent consulting firm used to test the web portal we developed was amazed by Vigilant's sophistication in 508 compliance for such a multi-media rich site, and considers it to be one of the most 508-compliant Federal websites of its type.
Our Instructional Designers and Development Staff worked closely with the Government and their Subject Matter Experts to develop unique interactive content addressing the following healthcare issues:
- Adjusting to War Memories
- Dealing with Depression
- Handling Stress
- Improving Relationships
- Succeeding at Work
- Overcoming Anger
- Sleeping Better
- Controlling Alcohol and Drugs
- Helping Kids Deal with Deployment
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- Living with Physical Injuries
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