To achieve ‘Accredited Plus’, BTL created an exemplar assessment which was rigorously tested by people with a diverse range of disabilities and was reviewed for compliance with WCAG 2.0 AA. The key issues identified during the testing and review procedures have been subsequently resolved to provide 'real-life accessibility'.
- Achieving ‘Accredited Plus’ demonstrates that the Surpass® Assessment Platform can be used to create and deliver highly accessible e-Assessments.
- Accessibility features in the Surpass® Platform include:
- JAWS screen reader compatibility
- Keyboard-only navigation
- Colour preference options for dyslexic and visually impaired users
- Additional time for candidates with special requirements
- Alternative text descriptions for images
Head of Digital Inclusion at Abilitynet, Robin Christopherson says “It is very encouraging to see an organisation take accessibility as seriously as BTL and adopt such a clear sighted, pan-disability approach. We hope that by ensuring that their products can be used by everyone regardless of any impairment, BTL will help accessibility best practice become a benchmark industry-wide.”
Paul Davis, Interaction Designer at BTL, states: ‘As an educational software provider we recognise our responsibility to create software that can be used by everyone regardless of disability. Working with AbilityNet has raised our understanding of the needs of disabled users and we aim to use this knowledge to ensure that all users have a positive and engaging experience with our software’
BTL has produced guidelines which detail how accessible content can be created using the Surpass® Assessment Platform. These guidelines will be made available to all users of the Surpass® Platform.
To view the accredited exemplar, please visit www.btl.com/surpass/accessibility