Accessibility and SEN
The area of learning disabilities is sometimes overlooked during the design phase. However, many accessibility solutions benefit non-disabled people as well as people with disabilities.
You will need to discuss the types of accessibility issues needed to be addressed in your school and why
- Access to the content for those with physical and sensory disabilities
- Ease of navigation of the content, for all with disabilities including learning disabilities
- Suitability of design, for specific and general learning disabilities, in particular ease of understanding of the content, for learning disabilities.
A consistent layout, the use of colour, and the font type and font size can not only create a consistent look on a website, but can make the website easier to view and navigate.
The term Accessibility in an ICT context refers not only to computer operating systems that have built-in options to support students with special needs, but with regard to websites and blogs, as to how a school’s website/blog can be made more user-friendly to people with special educational needs or learning difficulties. For example, one simple way of making a blog/website more accessible is in the detailed description that appears during 'mouseover' on an image. This is easily created by adding “ALT Text” to the image.
Scoilnet Blogs is based on the WordPress platform which is an open source and standards based platform. However, the Themes in WordPress, have been designed by individuals and may not apply standards which allow them to be accessible to all. This may also apply to the Plugins and Widgets which are available for use.
For more information on accessibility:
- http://www.w3.org/standards/webdesign/accessibility The Worldwide Web Consortium and accessibility
- http://codex.wordpress.org/Accessibility Word Press and accessibility