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Top 3 reasons why Accessibility is critical for Edtech companies to adopt?

8 April, 2020 by Shilpi Kapoor

Accessibility is no longer an option for Edtech companies! If you are in the edtech space, then it’s time you adopt Accessibility and fast! Let me explain why!

The adoption of technology in the education sector has seen a steep & unprecedented acceleration and it is a growth opportunity for the Edtech companies. It feels like an overnight shift from education institutes who were using only a Learning Management System to suddenly moving everything online.

The online tools are needed for all aspects of teaching, learning, content, infrastructure, management, such as:

  • infrastructure tools such as learning management systems, video conferencing tools
  • online course – including content
  • content creation tools
  • students & parental engagement
  • testing and assessments
  • internship management
  • admissions
  • data analytics

So where does Accessibility fall in the midst of all this.

Reason 1 – The Law mandates Equal access to Education

The education sector was one of the first adopters of disability inclusion & accessibility and the reason was quite simple, equal access to education is a mandate.

Whether you look at Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), inclusion of people with disabilities is education is no longer optional. So your customers are already looking for solutions that can be used by all their students, faculty and staff.

Reason 2 – Technology Procured needs to be Accessible to all

Today, at the time of procurement every school, college, university is asking the question of “How Accessible is your Product?”, “Is your product Section 508 compliant?” and “Do you have a VPAT?”

Section 508 requires that all electronics & information technology is accessible. The standard that Section 508 references is the Web Content Accessibility Guideline (WCAG).

So why wait to adopt Accessibility? Be ahead of your competition! Let Accessibility be your advantage!

Reason 3 – Increase your Customer Base

Did you know that there are globally a Billion people with disabilities. Adopting Web Content Accessibility Guideline only improves your product and ensures that a larger cross section of population can also utilise your solution.

So now you have the opportunity to be an Inclusive Product, attract more customers and increase your customer base!

So to all the Edtech companies our there, don’t wait! Book an appointment with our Account Management team and get moving on your accessibility journey!

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