Accessibility

Our Commitment

Our team at Labster is committed to providing educational material that engages and benefits all learners, including those with disabilities. We prioritize universal design when planning development of all new simulations, images, animations and storylines. This framework has guided us to develop flexible learning environments and material that accommodate the vast range of individual learning differences amongst the millions of students we reach.

Labster follows accessibility-aware guidelines for new product initiatives, prioritizes quality assurance and user testing at each step of development and regularly updates and improves our released products to meet new accessibility guidelines.

Our team has worked hard to satisfy all criteria of the WCAG 2.0 Level AA guidelines and we are happy to provide engaging and accessible content to students with visual, hearing, cognitive or motor impairment. Please find our VPAT here.

In addition to receiving enthusiastic feedback from our user testing with students with disabilities, our simulations have been externally reviewed by a third party evaluator and we are proud to be a leader in accessible virtual science laboratories.

Core features

  • Color-Blindness
    A large majority of our simulations are fully accessible for students with any type of color-blindness and we are currently conducting a review to ensure that no simulation relies solely on color for instructions in images or during quizzes.
  • Keyboard Navigation
    About half of our almost 200 simulations are currently playable entirely using the keyboard to navigate in accessibility mode.
  • Screen-Reader
    About half our almost 200 simulations can be played using our built-in screen reader in accessibility mode. This includes extra descriptions of laboratory equipment, animations and environmental scenery, as well as alternative text for images.
  • Character Diversity
    Inclusivity is part of Labster’s initiative to make our simulations engaging for all students. In addition to providing modern and relevant story lines, we strive to present a modern world as it relates to gender, sexuality, ethnic, racial and cultural diversity within the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) fields.

Accessible Simulations

Accessibility is a top priority for Labster. Throughout 2020 we developed many new features to cover all aspects of the WCAG 2.0 Level AA standards. As of April 2021, about half of our catalogue is fully accessible using keyboard navigation and screen reader, and our goal is to have the majority of our simulations and supplemental content accessible via screen reader and keyboard navigation by Fall 2021.

The following simulations are already fully accessible:

  • Acids and Bases
  • Acids and Bases (Principles): Avoid falling in a lake of acid!
  • Animal Genetics
  • Biomes: Identify and create the main biomes on Earth
  • Bacterial shapes and movement
  • Basic Chemistry
  • Basic Electricity: Understand how electricity works
  • Benedict’s Test for Simple Carbohydrates
  • Biuret’s Test for Proteins
  • Calorimetry: Using a bomb calorimeter
  • Cardiovascular Function During Exercise: Learn how your body responds to exercise
  • Cell Division (Principles): Mitosis and Meiosis
  • Cell Membrane and Transport: Modifying the cell membrane
  • Cell Membrane and Transport: Types of transporter proteins
  • Cellular Respiration
  • Cellular Respiration: Glycolysis
  • Cellular Respiration: Respirometry
  • Cellular Respiration: The Electron Transport Chain
  • Cellular Respiration: The Krebs Cycle
  • Chemistry Safety: Dispose of chemical waste
  • Chemistry Safety: Hazard Symbols
  • Chromosomal rearrangement: How is color blindness inherited?
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Comparing Bacterial Structures
  • Counting Cells: Control the Epidemic
  • Elisa
  • Energy surfaces and spontaneous reactions
  • Environmental Impact of Coal Power Plants
  • Evolution: Generations of an allele
  • Evolution: Identifying a deep sea creature
  • Evolution: Journey of the canids
  • Evolution: Taxonomic tree of life
  • From Algae to Bioenergy
  • Genetic Transfer in Bacteria: Prevent the rise of superbugs!
  • Ideal Gas Law: Apply the principles to save a life
  • Inheritance with Pedigree Trees
  • Inheritance with Punnett Squares
    Introduction to Ideal Gas Law
  • Introduction to Protein Synthesis
  • Introductory Lab
  • Iodine Test for Complex Carbohydrates
  • MALDI Investigation into Doping
  • Matter and Phase Changes: Distil ethanol
  • Medical Genetics
  • Meiosis: Understand how traits are inherited
  • Microscopy
  • Mitosis
  • Mitosis: Using a toxic compound from the yew tree in cancer therapy
  • Molecular Cloning
  • Next Generation Sequencing
  • Perform a Dry Western Blot
  • Periodic Table
  • Photosynthesis: Algae pigment analysis
  • Photosynthesis: Electron transport chain
  • Pipetting
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
    Signal Transduction:
  • Choose the best cancer inhibitor
  • Sudan IV Test for Lipids
  • The Gram Stain: Identify and differentiate bacteria
  • The Scientific Method
  • Thermal effects on marine oxygen levels
  • Thermodynamics
  • Western Blot Transfer: Prepare for protein detection

Upcoming prioritized simulations to be made accessible:

  • Gram Staining
  • Ionic and Covalent Bonds
  • Law of Universal Gravitation: Use gravity to orbit the moon
  • Nucleophilic Addition: Explore the Grignard Reaction
  • Renal Physiology: Find the mode of action of a diuretic drug

Questions? Need Help?

Please see our instructions on “How to Open and Play a Simulation in Accessibility Mode“.

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

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