Our mission is to provide equitable access to STEM education around the world. We make it a priority to continue to expand and improve that access. Our team at Labster is committed to providing educational material that engages and benefits all learners, including:
People with disabilities
ESL learners and learners who speak languages other than English
Students with limited tech access
Supporting People with Disabilities
Our team is working hard to satisfy the criteria of the WCAG 2.1 Level AA guidelines. We are happy to provide engaging and accessible content to students with visual, hearing, cognitive, or motor impairment. Over 100 of our most popular simulations are fully accessible using keyboard navigation and a screen reader.
According to Disabled World, as of April 2022, “Currently, around 10% of the world's population, or roughly 650 million people, live with a disability.” We work hard to provide access to this population, as we believe it’s a non-negotiable.
We prioritize universal design when planning the development of all new simulations, images, animations, and storylines. This framework has guided us to develop flexible learning environments and materials that accommodate the vast range of individual learning differences amongst the millions of students we reach.
Our core features
Color-Blindness: A large majority of our simulations are fully accessible for students with color-blindness. 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, environmental scenery, and alternative text for images.
More than 120 of our most popular simulations are available in Spanish, German, French, and Italian. The entire Labster student and educator platform (my.labster.com) is available in these languages. You and your students can set the language of the interface and the simulation to have the whole Labster experience in the language of your choice.
Labster supports dozens of our most-used simulations on iPads, lower-end Chromebooks, and Android tablets. High schools, in particular, will be able to assign their most popular virtual labs to students regardless of their device. More titles will be made compatible throughout the Fall of 2022 and in early 2023! Our increased device support will provide flexibility for more students to have access to Labster’s cutting-edge technology.