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How can Edtech Startups benefit from adopting Accessibility?

14 October, 2020 by Ramya Venkitesh

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Looking at the market opportunity, we have seen a surge in EdTech start-ups constantly introducing cutting edge technologies and learning methods to improve the overall experience for students as well as educators.

However, the technologies that are being increasingly integrated into education can make life more difficult for some population groups which include people with disabilities. For example, the digital platforms and apps that are increasingly used for students are often not accessible to those who cannot touch screens, such as students with physical or visual impairment.

Accessibility is easier when you are a start-up

A common misconception, due to which most of the EdTech start-ups discount students with disabilities from their target user-base, is that the number of disabled students is very small. Implementing accessibility from the start is much easier than trying to incorporate accessibility once you have developed a digital platform or an app.  As the role of technology in education continues to expand, it is important that as a start-up, accessibility is not an afterthought.

Accessibility can protect your start-up against lawsuits

No matter how small your start-up is, accessibility applies to everyone. With the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) reauthorized in 2004 and amended in 2015 and Section 504 the demand for an accessible EdTech environment continues to grow

Accessibility helps you generate a positive buzz

EdTech Accessibility is more than just providing an augmenting experience, it is a holistic practice, that can not only level the playing field for students with disability but enhance the overall learning experience for all. Beyond legal requirements, a commitment to providing equal access to education is the right thing to do.

Governments across the world are becoming increasingly interested in funding and supporting entrepreneurship in the field assistive technology and projects that aim at accelerating accessible innovations. Get better understanding about accessibility guidelines and standards such as Web Content Accessibility Guideline (WCAG) and Section 508

Make an informed decision by working closely with publishers and educational institutes and evaluating the accessibility needs of students with disabilities.

We understand that practicing effective EdTech accessibility can be challenging and if you would like to know how BarrierBreak can support you, get in touch with our accessibility expert.

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