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.
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 Over 100 simulations are currently playable entirely using the keyboard to navigate in accessibility mode.
Screen-Reader Over 100 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.
Accessibility is a top priority for Labster. We have developed many new features to cover all aspects of the WCAG 2.0 Level AA standards. As of April 2021, over 100 of our most popular simulations are fully accessible using keyboard navigation and screen reader. Additionally, every new simulation that is released will be made accessible as it is launched or shortly thereafter.
The following simulations are already fully accessible:
Acids and Bases
Acids and Bases (Principles): Avoid falling in a lake of acid!
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!
Energy surfaces and spontaneous reactions
Environmental Impacts of Coal Power Plants
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
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
Iodine Test for Complex Carbohydrates
MALDI Investigation into Doping
Materials Science with Neutrons: Observe what happens inside a battery
Matter and Phase Changes: Distil ethanol
Meiosis: How is color blindness inherited?
Meiosis, Mitosis and Plant Gametes
Meiosis: Understand how traits are inherited
Mitosis: Using a toxic compound from the yew tree in cancer therapy
Next Generation Sequencing
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
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 your Labster representative or Support Team.