Supporting Neurodiverse Learners
Research on web-based design for neurodiverse learners
- In this study, the authors focused on utilizing multisensory design for educational interfaces in order to facilitate maximum potential for neurodiverse learners.
- The Web Accessibility Initiative’s (WAI) “Designing for Web Accessibility” tools introduce basic considerations to help make user interfaces more accessible to people with disabilities, including but not limited to neurodiverse users
- WAI offers a comprehensive list of website, web application, and browser accessibility requirements
- A blog article written by a designer that provides guides for choosing fonts, visuals, icons, and more for reaching neurodiverse audiences, with a focus on higher education.
- Templates for autistic learners.
- Resources on learning strategies for students and tips for staff, and how staff can alter their work to be more supportive.
- Guidelines for autism in the classroom from the National Education Association.
- Comprehensive list of education resources for students with disabilities.
- Guide for creating presentations at inclusive meetings.
- Guide by the University of Washington for Universal Design in higher education
- Case studies from multiple schools for technology enabled environments.
Implementing changes in web design
Use plain language and avoid exaggeration, hyperbole, and ambiguous turns of phrase
Maintain consistent appearance and behavior of navigation bars and menus
Make hyperlinks obvious and meaningful
Make hierarchies of information such as headings and subheadings clear and consistent
- Allow users to start and stop animations, slide carousels, sounds, or other auto-playing media
Do not rely on color to convey information; use other elements such as punctuation (e.g. “Required fields are in red” versus “Required fields are marked with an *”)
Do not present video or photographic media without alternative text or transcriptions