Newsela’s mission is to unlock the written word for everyone, which means that our website must achieve a high level of accessibility. In keeping with our mission, we are committed to making improvements across Newsela in accordance to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (AA level). We are focused on continuous improvement to support learners with the following impairments:  

  • Sight disability – for example, blind, partially sighted or color blind
  • Hearing disability – for example, deaf or hard of hearing
  • Motor disability – for example, problems with motor skills or slow movement
  • Cognitive disability – for example, learning difficulties or problems with concentration or reading

Over the past few months, Newsela has made our site easier to operate using only a keyboard, and we have also made our site colors more visually accessible.

More improvements are coming! If you have a specific accessibility feature you would like to see on Newsela, please email us at


Last Updated: March 2019