Accessibility focuses on people with differing abilities: people with auditory, cognitive, neurological, physical, speech and visual impairments.

Accessibility support

Soil, Food and Society aims to make its resouces accessible to people with different abilities

Web accessibility is underpinned by the principle of providing equal access and equal opportunity for people with different abilities.

In its basic form web accessibility allows differently abled people to access the resources provided. However, the ideal for web accessibility allows people with different abilities to perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the web resources provided.

Providing access is a collaboration between resource developer, teacher and student.

Each student has individual needs and will need an individual approach to identifying and resolving issues of access. 

The resource developer, teacher and students each have a responsibility to minimise barriers, identify constraints, and seek and apply solutions.

The developers of Soil, Food and Society have provided a starting point and are willing to engage with the community of resource users to continually improve the resource's accessibility.

How the Soil, Food and Society resource supports accessibility

Responsive website

Soil, Food and Society displays correctly on any device. Keyboard navigation is enabled. Pop-ups appear on hover over glossary terms and images.

Clear elements

High contrast colour pallet, one simple font.

Print versions of all experiments

Each student facing experiment has the materials and method available as a downloadable print version.

Alternative text is available for images

Alt text for most images and heading tagged so screen readers can describe images and mention page structures.

The website content is licensed for sharing

The content that is original (not the linked resources that are housed on other websites) are all available for you to use, share and alter for educational purposes. 

No advertising

Soil, Food and Society is not endorsing products or seeking profit. Where possible Soil, Food and Society has eliminated advertising presence.

What teachers can do to support accessibility

Explain the accessibility features to students

Keyboard navigation is enabled using direction keys. Pop-ups that describe images or difficult words appear when a pointer (mouse) is hovered over them.

Glossary terms are marked with a green question mark

Hover over the question mark and a short description of the term will appear. Click on the question mark and you will go to the glossary terms page. Students will have to navigate back from there.

Print versions of all experiments

Each student experiment has the materials and method available as a downloadable print version. There is also a full list of all the materials you will need for all of the student experiments

Support visually impaired students with a screen reader

Alt text for most images and heading are tagged so screen readers can describe images and say when something is a title.

The website content is licensed for sharing

Explain the Creative Commons license to your students.

Safe environment for publishing

Encourage students to use the community blog feature to safely publish their material.

Please contact us if you have any concerns or need advice or support. 

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