American project develops standards for accessible education software

Wednesday, 7 April 2010 14:26pm

A three-year project funded by the National Science Program, and carried out by the National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM), has developed standards for accessible software for use in the mathematics and science curriculum.

Underpinning the project’s recommendations was the need to provide captioning on multimedia presentations for Deaf and hearing impaired students, and audio description on multimedia presentations for the blind and vision impaired. Additional recommendations for the blind and vision impaired included the need to provide printable images and screen layouts, and text alternatives for static graphs and images that represented educational information.

The increasing use of multimedia in classrooms means educational software makers must make their products accessible to fully engage students in an interactive learning environment. The project highlights how, when such considerations are not made, a significant number of students miss out on interesting and equitable learning opportunities.

 


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