ACCESSIBILITY

BrainPOP’s goals have always been tied to reaching all learners, factoring in the broadest possible range of needs and learning styles. Accessibility was front-of-mind with the recent redesign of BrainPOP Jr.®, our K-3 resource, with a focus on site navigation to student-facing features. We strive to comply with specific sections of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Level AA standards for the following areas of BrainPOP Jr.:

Accessibility Highlights

  • Clear SKIP TO MAIN CONTENT link at top of each page to provide an easy way to skip the main navigation and go directly to page content (WCAG 2.0 SC 2.4.1)
  • Alternative text for all descriptive images (WCAG 2.0 SC 1.1.1)
  • Toggle to turn audio that speaks the button text on and off (WCAG 2.0 SC 1.4.2)
  • Keyboard navigation so that all pages and features listed below in the Accessible Feature List are navigable without relying on a mouse (WCAG 2.0 SC 2.1.1 and 2.1.2)
  • Navigation around BrainPOP Jr.® is clear and predictable (WCAG 2.0 SC 2.4 and 3.2)
  • Text in BrainPOP Jr.® is at an appropriate reading level for our users and site pages include a language tag in the HTML (WCAG 2.0 SC 3.1)
  • Site map to provide simpler navigation around BrainPOP Jr.® (WCAG 2.0 SC 2.4.5)
  • To make using BrainPOP Jr.® easier for someone who is color blind, low vision or has trouble distinguishing between colors the site uses appropriate color contrast, functioning browser zoom, and does not rely on color alone to convey meaning (WCAG 2.0 SC 1.4.1, 1.4.3, 1.4.4)
  • Transcripts and captions on movies and comics to provide visual and audio alternatives to video and sound (WCAG 2.0 SC 1.2.2 and 1.2.3)

BrainPOP Jr. Accessible Feature List

  • BrainPOP Jr. movies are captioned and offer transcripts
  • Belly Up comics offer transcripts
  • Quizzes, Write About It, and Pop a Joke® features are navigable by screen reader and keyboard
  • Word Play vocabulary feature—excluding the drawing tool—is navigable by screen reader and keyboard
  • Student log-in, account set-up, and activity timeline are navigable by screen reader and keyboard

It's important to note that some features in BrainPOP Jr. are not accessible by screen reader and keyboard and do not comply with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Level AA standards. These include: Draw About It, Games, Talk About It, Make-a-Map®, and Activities. The tools teachers use to keep track of student activity and manage classes have not yet been optimized for accessibility.

Screen Readers and Browsers

For screen reader and keyboard users, we recommend navigating BrainPOP Jr. with:

  • Internet Explorer 11 with JAWS®
  • Firefox® (latest version) with NVDA
  • Safari® (latest version) with VoiceOver

We suggest browsing our site with VoiceOver, with Quick Nav set to ON. And while we suggest Safari, VoiceOver also works well with our site in the Chrome™ web browser. We suggest using a computer instead of a mobile device for a more accessible experience.

Mobile Learning Apps

The BrainPOP® Featured Movie iOS app, the BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week iOS app, and the BrainPOP ESL™ iOS apps are fully accessible on iPad and iPhone.

Testing

BrainPOP works with a dedicated accessibility consultant and with students and teachers of students who use assistive technologies from schools around the U.S., ensuring that we receive relevant feedback regarding the usability of our sites.

Feedback

If you have feedback or concerns about accessibility on BrainPOP Jr., please email us at info@brainpop.com. We welcome suggestions and will continue updating this section as we expand accessibility across the breadth of our resources.