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
  • Aseptic Technique: Culture your sample without contamination
  • Atomic Structure: Assess the possibility of life on other planets
  • Atomic Structure (Principles): Atoms and isotopes
  • Bacterial Cell Structures: An introduction to the bacterial cell
  • Basic Chemistry Thermodynamics: Solve the challenge of storing renewable energy
  • Basic Electricity: Understand how electricity works
  • Bacterial Shapes and Movement
  • Basic Electricity: Understand how electricity works
  • Benedict’s Test for Simple Carbohydrates
  • Biodiversity: Assess and compare biodiversity on an exoplanet
  • Biomes: Identify and create the main biomes on Earth
  • Biuret’s Test for Proteins
  • Building Animal Cells
  • Building Gram Positive and Gram Negative Cell Walls
  • 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: Learn how transporters keep cells healthy
  • Cell Membrane and Transport: Modifying the cell membrane
  • Cell Membrane and Transport: Types of transporter proteins
  • Cell Structure: Cell theory and internal organelles
  • Cellular Respiration: Glycolysis
  • Cellular Respiration (Principles): Measure energy consumption during exercise
  • Cellular Respiration: Respirometry
  • Cellular Respiration: The Electron Transport Chain
  • Cellular Respiration: The Krebs Cycle
  • Chemistry Safety: Disposal 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
  • Ecological niches: Choose the right Kuppelfang to bring to Earth!
  • ELISA
  • Energy surfaces and spontaneous reactions
  • Environmental Impacts of Coal Power Plants
  • Enzyme Kinetics
  • Evolution: Founding theories and principles
  • Evolution: Generations of an allele
  • Evolution: Identifying a deep sea creature
  • Evolution: Journey of the canids
  • Evolution: Taxonomic tree of life
  • Experimental Design
  • Exploring Human Reproductive Cells
  • From Algae to Bioenergy
  • Genetic Transfer in Bacteria: Prevent the rise of superbugs!
  • Gram Stain: How stains and counterstains work
  • Gram Stain: Test yourself in Gram Stain Procedure
  • Homeostatic Control: How does the human body keep itself in balance?
  • Ideal Gas Law: Apply the principles to save a life
  • Ideal Gas Law: Introduction
  • Inheritance with Pedigree Trees
  • Inheritance with Punnett Squares
  • Introduction to Food Macromolecules
  • Introduction to Groups of the Periodic Table
  • Introduction to Ideal Gas Law
  • Introduction to Immunology: Explore the immune system and save the world!
  • Introduction to Protein Synthesis
  • Introduction to Qualitative Analysis of Elements
  • Introductory Lab
  • Iodine Test for Complex Carbohydrates
  • Lab Safety
  • Labster Demo
  • MALDI Investigation into Doping
  • Materials Science with Neutrons: Observe what happens inside a battery
  • Matter and Phase Changes: Distil ethanol
  • Medical Genetics
  • Meiosis: How is color blindness inherited?
  • Meiosis, Mitosis and Plant Gametes
  • Meiosis: Understand how traits are inherited
  • Microscopy
  • Mitosis: Using a toxic compound from the yew tree in cancer therapy
  • Molecular Cloning
  • Next Generation Sequencing
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Perform a Dry Western Blot
  • Periodic Table of Elements: Get the table organized in time!
  • Periodic Table (Principles): Get the table organized in time
  • Photosynthesis: Algae pigment analysis
  • Photosynthesis: Electron transport chain
  • Pipetting: Master the technique
  • Pipetting: Selecting and Using Micropipettes
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Signal Transduction: Choose the best cancer inhibitor
  • Solution Preparation: From salt to solution
  • Stoichiometry: Avogadro’s Number and Molecular Calculations
  • Stoichiometric calculations: Identify an unknown compound using gravimetric analysis
  • Stoichiometry: Gravimetric Analysis
  • Sudan IV Test for Lipids
  • The Gram Stain: Identify and differentiate bacteria
  • The Scientific Method
  • Thermal effects on marine oxygen levels
  • Thermodynamics
  • Treatment for Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Western Blot Transfer: Prepare for protein detection

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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