Next Steps NH was a 2012-18 grant-funded project to increase the college and career readiness of New Hampshire students with disabilities and/or those at risk of dropping out of school. Project flyer (PDF, 2 pages)
An enduring outcome was the Transition Resource Portal, consisting of this website, the ELO website (beyondclassroom.org), a Facebook page and a Twitter account. The NH Department of Education has continued to fund the Transition Resource Portal since the grant funding concluded. Website flyer (PDF, 1 page, 2018)
The New Hampshire Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education, was awarded a State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) for this project from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, for the years 2012-2017 (plus a one year extension).
The Next Steps NH project leadership team included people from:
- New Hampshire Department of Education
- Evergreen Evaluation and Consulting, Inc.
- Granite State Independent Living (GSIL)
- Keene State College
- Monadnock Developmental Services
- North Country Educational Services (NCES) (through June 30, 2016)
- Parent Information Center
- Plymouth State University
- QED Foundation
- Strafford Learning Center
- UNH Institute on Disability
Project High Schools
Cohort 4 (2016)
Cohort 3 (2015)
Cohort 2 (2014)
Lincoln Woodstock (Linwood)
Cohort 1 (2014)
Mascoma Valley Regional
Our original grant stipulated that Next Steps NH web content would follow Priority Level 1 checkpoints of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 published by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) and Section 508 standards for web-based Internet information/applications, which are based in part on the WAI Guidelines. The manual and automatic procedures used to evaluate the site followed those recommended by the Web Accessibility Initiative. We now strive to achieve WCAG 2.0 Level AA.
A basic test for any webpage is to try it with a screen reader, or to imagine how information would be read by one. We also look at how a user would navigate without using a mouse or tracking pad.
Some short videos that explain different elements of web accessibility:
- Web Accessibility 101: Web Headings for Screen Readers
- Web Accessibility 101: Screen Magnification Design Challenges: Forms
- Web Accessibility 101: Effective Color Contrast
- Web Accessibility 101: Screen Magnification & Reflow in Acrobat Reader
The page title is descriptive of what is on that page. This helps search engines find the page as well.
Page titles are always heading level H1 and we do not use H1 for anything else. In most cases we start page headings with H2, and progress down as necessary, dropping only one level at a time. For example, we do not skip from an H2 to an H4 tag. If any level of header text is too large or too small, we manually adjust it on that particular page, while still keeping the same heading level for a screen reader.
Web pages often use colors to provide visual clues. We make sure that when colors are used to convey either navigational or content information, we provide another means of conveying information that does not rely on color.
Colors we use: headings green #008000, body text #3a3a3a
We try to use images only for decorative purposes. If the image holds content, either we will include the content in the page text, or in an alt text tag. Decorative images do not have alt tags.
We use WAVE (Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool) as a quick check of a page. You simply enter the URL of the page you want to review.
Accessibility and Usability at Penn State has great resources for creating accessible materials, including websites.
WebAIM’s WCAG 2.0 Checklist is WebAIM’s interpretation of WCAG guidelines with recommended techniques for following those guidelines. This is not an official checklist.
Last accessibility review: Summer 2022
This website is maintained by Betsy Street and Steve Bigaj in the Education Department at Keene State College. Please contact us with any questions or suggestions. We are continually updating and improving it.