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Dyslexia and Web Accessibility (Video)

03-04-19 Sparkbox, Catherine Meade

What is dyslexia and how does it affect users’ web experiences? In this video, Catherine gives tips about how we can build a better web for people with dyslexia.

Part of our mission at Sparkbox is to do what we call “building a better web.” This work includes lots of education, iteration, and self-reflection, as well as constant initiatives to make the web as inclusive as possible for as many people as possible.

In that vein, we’re excited to announce the creation of our new Accessibility Task Force. These Sparkboxers recently passed the exam to become IAAP Certified Professionals in Accessibility Core Competencies and are continuing to share with the rest of us what they learn along the way.

In this video, captured at a recent all-team demo, Catherine gives an informative talk about what dyslexia is, how it impacts users’ web experiences, and what we as web craftspeople can to improve those experiences. Catherine’s tips include:

  • Optimize for screen readers.

  • Allow special fonts, such as OpenDyslexic.

  • Remove timers for activities.

  • Offer CAPTCHA alternatives.

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Let us know what you’re doing to create positive experiences for a broad range of web users, and how we can work together to help you build a better web.


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