Accessibility

Our Commitment

Our team at Labster is committed to providing educational material that engages and benefits all learners, including those with disabilities. Labster uses the WCAG 2.0 Level AA standards as the basis for our product development. This includes creating accessibility-aware Labster guidelines for new product development, prioritizing quality assurance before new products are released, and regularly updating and improving released products to meet WCAG 2.0 Level AA standards. 

Accessibility is a priority for Labster throughout 2020 and 2021 and we strive to provide learners with as many accessible simulations as possible. Our goal is to have the majority of our simulations be accessible via screen reader and keyboard navigation by Fall 2021. To achieve this important goal, we are currently improving newly developed features within our simulations. Our key current initiatives include:

  • Color-Blindness
    Many of our simulations are fully accessible for students with any type of color-blindness and we are currently conducting a review of all simulations to ensure that none of them rely solely on color for instructions in images or during quizzes.
  • Keyboard Navigation
    We currently have a certain number of simulations which are fully playable using keyboard navigation and we are working to significantly increase that number over the upcoming months.
  • Screen-Reader
    We are currently developing a screen-reader that allows students with disabilities to experience Labster’s high level of engagement, interaction and challenge.
  • Character Diversity
    In addition to providing modern and relevant story lines for our simulations, we strive to present a modern world as it relates to gender and sexuality and ethnic, racial and cultural diversity within the STEAM fields.

VPAT

Labster is updating our Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) on a quarterly basis to reflect our ongoing work and recent initiatives. You can find our most up-to-date VPAT here

Accessible Simulations

Labster is currently working towards making all of our simulations WCAG 2.0 Level AA compliant. This means that we are enabling keyboard navigation and screen reader for our catalogue over the coming months. We are working towards having a number of simulations be fully accessible by the end of December 2020, with more titles upgraded weekly to be fully accessible throughout 2021. The following simulations are prioritized for keyboard navigation and screen reader functionality (titles subject to change).

*Lab Safety
*Evolution
*Experimental Design
*Chemistry Safety

Molecular Cloning
*Introduction to Food Macromolecules
*Cell Membrane and Transport

*Equilibrium
*Biodiversity

Acids and Bases
Bacterial Cell Structure
*Cell Structure
Cellular Respiration
*Pigment Extraction
*Basics of Thermodynamics
Stochiometric Calculations
*Solution Preparation
*Atomic Structure
Titration
*Fermentation: Optimize bio-ethanol production
Introductory Lab
Marine Biology
*Ecological Niches
Periodic Table
Cell Division (Principles)
Animal Genetics
*Mendelian Inheritance
*Electron Transport Chain
Invertebrate Model System
Medical Genetics
Mitosis
Microscopy
Protein Synthesis
Next Generation Sequencing
Gram Staining
Bacterial Isolation
Organic Chemistry Introduction
*Embryology
Biomes
Ideal Gas Law
Meiosis
Ionic and Covalent Bonds
*Signal Transduction
*Labster Demo 
*Cellular Respiration
*Aseptic Technique

*Currently accessible with keyboard navigation and screen reader 

Please see our instructions on “How to Open and Play a Simulation in Accessibility Mode” for the titles in bold above.

To request accessibility-related assistance or to report accessibility problems please contact accessibility@labster.com

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