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Accessibility Information

Starfall
The Starfall Education Foundation is committed to providing access for children with disabilities. The accessible Index for children is the result of a four-year project to convert activities from an older Flash player model to a newer technology, HTML5. Our goal is to provide accessible educational activities directly on our website for computers as well as tablets and mobile devices without the need to download or install software or apps.

We depend on your feedback to improve our website, so please contact us with comments or if you need help.

Closed Captions for the hearing impaired.


Captions can be turned on or off for the entire website in one place, here:

After turning on captions, children with hearing impairment can go directly to the Main Starfall Website. Closed captions will appear as needed. This index is also accessible for users with color vision deficiency since color is not required for navigation or to read content.

For children with visual impairment, blindness, or mobility impairments.


Starfall provides a special index that is easy to navigate with custom-designed activities that are screen-reader compatible and keyboard accessible for children. Please read the information below before going to the:

Enhanced Accessible Index for Children

Dual-Switch Devices.


The Enhanced Accessible Index for Children is designed to function with two keys on a dual-switch device or keyboard:
  • Tab key to navigate.
  • Enter key to select.
If a keyboard is used, Shift-Tab can be used to navigate backward on most systems. Note that preferences must be adjusted on Mac X to enable tab key functionality on Safari and Firefox browsers.

Optional Keyboard Controls.


In addition to the basic keyboard controls above, Starfall also provides optional interactive keyboard controls:
  • Space-bar to toggle stop/start.
  • Right/left arrow key to move forward/backward.
The action of the arrow keys depends on the activity. For example, in longer books, they move a reader to the next/previous page. For individual songs, they move playback forward or backward 10 seconds. Note that screen readers may require bypass keys for these optional controls to function.

Screen Readers.


We currently test with Windows 10 NVDA and JAWS. If JAWS is used, it is important to update to the August 2019 or later version. We have verified compatibility with other screen readers such as Microsoft Narrator on Windows 10, ChromeVox on Chromebook, VoiceOver on Mac X, VoiceOver on iPad with Bluetooth keyboard, and TalkBack on Android with Bluetooth keyboard.

Audio Descriptions.


Starfall's Learn to Read books, containing our core phonics sequence, have been updated with audio descriptions of visual information. If closed captions are turned on using the option above, the audio description is included in the captions. Special care was taken to make these descriptions exciting and informative for sighted children as well. We invite your feedback and suggestions as we update additional books with audio descriptions.

Simple Navigation for Children.


In order to make navigation as simple as possible for disabled children, we avoid unnecessary links. This is why we do not include a link back to this page from the Enhanced Accessible Index for Children.

Transcripts & Visual Descriptions.


Transcripts with descriptions of visuals are located on a separate index so children aren't confused with too many links on the Enhanced Accessible Index. We need your feedback as we expand the transcripts in the coming months. See our preliminary transcripts and descriptions here:

Transcripts & Visual Descriptions Index

We need your feedback!


As mentioned above, please contact us if you have questions or recommendations regarding Starfall's accessibility features.