ThirdEd Accessibility

Our Commitment

ThirdEd is passionate about designing our website, educational content, learning applications, and related features so that they benefit all participants and users. We use the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 based on Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 requirements to help make ThirdEd a positive experience for all users. We also strive to develop content compatible with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

We want everyone who uses ThirdEd to feel welcome and find the experience fruitful and enjoyable. We want to develop content that is accessible to people with disabilities, and that provides a better user experience for everyone, including

  • People using keyboard navigation and voice input software.
  • People using screen readers.
  • People who are distracted by movement.
  • People who need more time to read.

We realize that several components must work in tandem in order to provide an experience that is accessible to all. Thus we pay particular attention to the following components when designing and redesigning our website, as well as when making informed decision about multimedia and the level of interactivity and usability associated with content offerings:

  • Web content – text, images, forms, courses, lessons, and multimedia, as well as any markup code, scripts, applications, and such.
  • Authoring tools – eLearning authoring software, document conversion tools, the content management system, the learning management system, and other tools.

Ongoing Accessibility

ThirdEd is dedicated to continuous improvement of its products and services in creating an inclusive environment to all users. We are working hard towards improving website features, including menus, images, tables, forms, sliders, and the overall structure of the pages that constitute the Website.  The following describes some of the areas where we still need improvement.

Keyboard Focus

In some places keyboard focus is not visible.  Users can compensate for this by using programs that offer an alternate focus treatment such as VoiceOver or the Flying Focus extension for Google Chrome.

Alternate Text and Labeling

Most user interface elements are labeled, but there are several exceptions.

Use of Color

ThirdEd generally does not use color alone to convey information.

Page Layout

ThirdEd makes use of headings to properly layout pages, though in some cases, the headings are not in hierarchical order or are missing altogether.

Tables

While the ThirdEd platform does make use of tables, it does not include proper header tags (<th>) or scope attributes.

Documentation & Support

ThirdEd is committed to improving accessibility, usability, and inclusion. We have the following guidelines in place to ensure that we are moving towards an improved user experience for all current and future users of our services.

  • Employ evaluation tools throughout the development of content and services to identify accessibility problems early, when it is easier to address them. One of these tools is the WAVE web accessibility evaluation tool. This tool, which can be found at http://wave.webaim.org/, allows ThirdEd to evaluate individual Web pages to identify errors, alerts, features, structural elements, coding, and contrast errors that may diminish or otherwise prevent web accessibility for all users of the services provided by the platform, and allow for correct action to remedy any errors.
  • Refer to available tutorials to learn about accessibility standards that can be incorporated into our platform such as captions and narrations scripts, and providing mechanisms that can allow users more time to read and use our content. Tutorials that we currently reference are provided by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and its Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), which promotes a high degree of usability for people with disabilities. These tutorials provide standards that comply with WCAG 2.0 and can be found at https://www.w3.org/WAI/tutorials/. The collection of tutorials available address web content related to the development of pages, menus, images, tables, forms, and carousels.
  • Consult Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) for standards for web accessibility. In order to benefit from our content and services, we realize that users have to be able to perceive the content. We continuously educate ourselves on topics such as text alternatives, time-based media, input modalities, input assistance, and other techniques and failures so that we can make informed decisions about how our products and services are consumed, with particular emphasis on readability, compatibility, navigability, adaptability, and operability in an effort to provide the highest level of services in an informed and practical way.

For more information

For general inquires or more information about our accessibility, please contact us at: info@thirded.com

If you need direct, help please contact our support team using any of the following: