Accessible Designs Help Kids Too! Nov 22, 2016
A lot of schools require children to use online content to get their work done. Classrooms have individual websites, reports require digital citations, and as we all know, social media is a big part of being a kid these days. Many of our future leaders and innovators need modifications to use the technology and the internet effectively, and making the world accessible to everyone has a bigger impact than you think. Here are some creative ways that digital accessibility is catching up to the quest for knowledge.
Repurposing Old Technology
Microsoft is making big waves in accessibility design. I can’t say it better than they do, so watch this video on how Microsoft is taking standard closed captioning technology and unlocking its previously untapped potential. If you don’t have time to watch the often emotional video, here’s the gist: schools can benefit from real-time translation apps by allowing students to communicate without language barriers. While this is an awesome innovation, it can also be a huge win for students who require accessibility accommodations. By taking language and turning it into text automatically, deaf students can interact in a classroom environment without requiring a dedicated interpreter. But really, the video makes the content pop, so I recommend that you check it out.
App Designers are Paving the Way
Accessibility apps are coming out in droves as smartphones become ubiquitous. Be warned, a lot of these apps are paid so that makes it a bit tougher for people to find the ones that work for them. If you’re looking for an app to help your kids use their iPhone, then AppleVis is a must-visit. This site gives you a comprehensive list of assistive technology in the iTunes App Store for users of all ages. Peruse their education category to find everything from Bedtime Math to Tic Tac Toe all designed with accessibility in mind.
Lead the Charge - Make Classroom Accessible
If you’re a teacher looking for a way to make your classroom more accessible, there are a lot of resources out there to help. In fact, there is an extremely helpful site called Teaching Students with Visual Impairments that breaks down the ways you can help into distinct categories. Preparing for students with low vision takes time and dedication. This site gives you great insights into what technology you can expect your students to use, and how you can help them feel included.
Children with disabilities must be given the chance to learn at the same pace as other students, and you can help. Raising kids in a world that doesn’t single them out as different or require them to work twice as hard as their peers to navigate their disability is just the right thing to do. Think about the ways that you can help modify your website, your classroom, or your business to be more inclusive. Whether or not you hear about the impact directly, I promise your efforts won’t go unnoticed.
Does your child or student require accessibility help? Is there anything you would recommend to website owners or just people in general to make things easier? Let us know what your kids find useful in the comments below!