Introduction

Welcome to the website of the European Agency for Special Needs and inclusive Education. We are an independent organisation with over 30 member countries throughout Europe. We work with the ministries of education in our member countries to ensure more inclusive education systems for all learners. For further information about the Agency and its work, please visit the About us section. We also offer Easy to Read information.

Accessibility Policy

The Agency has the vision of becoming a role model of accessibility and inclusive practice. Providing a fully accessible experience of the Agency and all its activities is the main goal of the Agency’s accessibility policy.

Read more about this on the Accessibility Policy page.

Contact us

We hope you find the information on this page useful. We see accessibility as an on-going process, so if there are ways we might improve the overall access, please email accessibility@european-agency.org and put ‘Website accessibility’ in the subject line. We welcome your suggestions for improving our website’s accessibility.


Website accessibility

Accessibility is a priority for the Agency. We aim to make our website accessible to all users. We do so by providing information in different formats for different user needs. For example, we offer an accessibility tool, which appears on the right-hand side of every page.

image of the Agency website accessibility panel
Accessibility tool

We want to give control to you, our website’s users, and let you decide how to use the website. Hopefully our website accessibility options make the information flexible, so you can adapt it to suit your needs.

We have taken various steps to ensure our website is accessible. These include:

  • engaging a web development company to design our website in compliance with the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0;
  • carrying out surveys of our website users and tailoring the website to their needs;
  • external user testing with assistive technology users, with participants testing the site design and logic during development.

Our accessibility tool

You can change the way this website looks by clicking the accessibility tool on the right of the screen.

image of the Agency website accessibility panel
Accessibility tool

It allows you to change the font size and colour contrast. The tool buttons are as follows:

image to Increase text Increase text – to increase the font size
Accessible panel Decrease text Decrease text – to decrease the font size
Accessible panel change the colour contrast Contrast – to change the colour contrast. There are several options to choose from.
Accessible panel image to reset the font size and colour contrast back to default Reset – to reset the font size and colour contrast back to default
Accessibility panel image to access our Easy to Read section. Easy to Read – to access our Easy to Read section.
Accessibility panel image to access our the accessibility section. Accessibility help - to access the Accessibility page.

image showing the agency home page with dark contrast background
Web page with colour contrast
agency website showing the text zoomed in
Web page with increased font size

 

Our publications

We have publications available in different formats, including PDF, Word and EPUB3 (electronic book format). We aim to make our publications as accessible as possible. However, some of our earlier publications, which were created with older software, may not comply with all accessibility standards. If you find that any of our publications is not accessible or if you require information in another format, please email accessibility@european-agency.org and put ‘Publications accessibility’ in the subject line.

Our use of images

All content images on this website include an image caption and alternative text that describes what the image represents. Assistive technologies, such as screen readers, will detect and read this text.

Visual design

Our website uses cascading style sheets (CSS) for visual layout. If your browser or browsing device does not support CSS, the content of each page will still be readable.

Breadcrumb trail

Our website uses a breadcrumb trail on all pages. A breadcrumb trail is a navigation scheme that shows the location of the current page within the website’s structure. It shows the user where they are within the website and gives them a path back to where they started. It appears at the top left of the text and consists of text links separated by the ‘greater than’ (>) symbol.

For example, the screenshot below shows the breadcrumb trail on the ‘Data tables and background information’ webpage. It indicates that the user is currently on that webpage, which is within the ‘Data’ section of the website. In turn, the ‘Data’ section is within ‘Home’. The user can access ‘Data’ or ‘Home’ by clicking on the respective link.

image depicting the Breadcrumb trail on the ‘Data tables and background information’ webpage
Breadcrumb trail on the ‘Data tables and background information’ webpage

Filters

Some sections of our website use filters to help you find what you’re looking for. This is the case for ‘Projects’, ‘News’ and ‘Publications’ (the latter is within ‘Resources’).

For example, you can filter ‘Publications’ by Theme, Type, Country, Language and Year. You can use just one or several of these categories. To do so, click on a category. A number of options will appear. Select the ones you are interested in (they will appear highlighted) and click ‘Apply’. Any materials tagged with those options will appear. Click ‘Reset’ to clear your selections.

 


Useful links for web accessibility

For more detailed guidance on how to increase accessibility on different devices, different platforms, different browsers and with different access settings, we recommend the following websites:

Web Accessibility Initiative

Better Web Browsing tips

Windows

For information about accessibility options using a Windows PC, refer to Windows Accessibility features

Apple

For information about accessibility options using an Apple Mac, refer to Apple accessibility for Mac

iPhone or iPad

For information about accessibility options using an iPhone, refer to Apple accessibility for iOS

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