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Supporting Neurodiverse Learners

Research on web-based design for neurodiverse learners 

Implementing changes in web design 

Do this:

  • 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

​Don’t do this:

  • 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