Liberté, égalité, fraternité
Quite a grand title for a page on accessibility, no? Actually, it’s quite appropriate – accessibility is all about freeing our content and offering equality in online learning. And we know what we’re talking about, having won the e-Learning Age Awards ‘Care taken to achieve inclusivity in an e-learning programme’ award. If you choose to work with us, we’ll take just as much care to ensure that all your people can benefit from our learning solution.
Before you dismiss accessibility out of hand, think about this: 20% of people have a disability that could interfere with the use of a computer for educational purposes. That’s one in every five people. One in five people who perhaps aren’t benefiting from their e-learning experiences. Aside from their personal frustration and anxiety, this means lost productivity for the business and a risk of non compliance.
Accessibility isn’t just about meeting the needs of people with physical disabilities. It’s about usability. Taking the time to design an accessible course usually results in a course which is more effective overall – with easy to use interactions, colours that are well thought through and language that is clear. We work to the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). These guidelines and ratings are designed for websites, so there are some criteria that an e-learning course can’t meet, but that’s okay – aim for accessibility, not perfection!
Does accessibility cost more?
Perhaps the most important thing to bear in mind is that accessibility needs to be considered upfront. Building it from the outset means that the costs are minimal and the investment delivers better results. We’ll work with you to establish your accessibility requirements and create attractive and exciting content that meets the guidelines.
Isn’t it better to create a separate version for people with disabilities?
The short answer is no. As well as increasing your workload, creating different versions of a course isn’t inclusive.
Can Flash be accessible?
Yes, Flash 6 includes accessibility features which make it possible to use screen readers and magnification tools.
If you’ve still got questions, contact us to talk about your accessibility requirements in more detail.