Inclusive New Media Design

including people with intellectual disabilities in the WWW


It’s important to us that as many people as possible can access and understand our site, especially people with intellectual or learning disabilities.

We are trying to make some of the content of the site easy to understand, so that people with intellectual disabilities can find out what we are doing.

The ‘maximum accessibility’ section uses animation to communicate our message. The first page of the other main sections contains a video which says a bit about the section. We have tried to use simple language, short sentences and short paragraphs on the main pages. At the bottom of every page, there is a speaker icon – if you click on that, the page will be read out to you. On pages deeper in the website, the text is more complex.

We have built this site in CSS and HTML 5.0. We are working on saying something clever about why. But this is causing some display errors in Firefox 2 – we are working on this too.

We are also trying to include lots of pictures in the site – this is happening slowly. We have tested the site with people with intellectual disabilities, but we will be doing more testing.

Our project of ‘maximum accessibility’ on our site is ongoing. A lot of people are contributing to the site, some of them voluntarily. Because of this, we are adding accessibility features bit by bit. Please send us a message (see contact details) if you think there is more we could do.

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