Accessibility Services

The universality of learning is what makes it powerful. Making learning accessible and inclusive for everyone regardless of disability, allows us to tap into the true potential of learning.

At Conscience, making learning 'accessible to all' is the driving principle that guides our teams to create inclusive learning solutions for our clients and their learners. For us, implementing accessibility for our clients' projects is not just a check-box to tick upon and therefore not an afterthought. Depending on the nature of the project, the demands of our clients, and the regulatory needs of where a solution is to be deployed, implementing an accessible learning product with compliances and based on the correct standards, form the backbone of all our processes spanning design, development, testing, and release.  

We invest in continuous research on the latest developments in the WCAG 2.0, UAAG 2.0, and WAI-ARIA standards and compliances to keep abreast in these areas. Our Accessibility Design team is well-equipped with members that are responsible for the identification of the different types of interactions and activities on a regular basis, study the latest guidelines and assistive technologies that support their inclusion, and update the UI widget library accordingly to meet changes. The team makes special efforts to collate developer notes on all components being developed with careful mention of the level of accessibility that these components support along with any known issues.

Our Accessibility Services Process

We mostly use Bootstrap to design and build responsive web applications, websites, and rich-media and interactive learning courseware. For this purpose, we have created a UI widget library which is developed and tested according to WCAG 2.0 design principles and guidelines for web accessibility [Perceivable, Operable, Understandable, and Robust (POUR)]. 

This UI widget library readily lends itself for reuse in composing templates. The library is built on standard web frameworks and technologies such as HTML5, CSS3, Bootstrap, jQuery. Such templates find immediate use for the design of webpages and interactive digital learning courseware using ARIA Roles and Attributes, Semantic Mark-up and Source Order, Keyboard Focus Order, and Visual Reading Order.

Besides, they also ensure that the testable success criteria that are essential to verifying accessibility within the target devices and deployment environment, fulfill the WCAG guidelines.

Our Accessibility and Content teams are well-versed with implementing accessibility standards for learning products that comply with WCAG, Section508, UK Disabilities Act, AODA, amongst other prevalent accessibility standards.​ 

Our research team is aligning themselves to the latest WCAG AA 2.0 for Web, Software, and Electronic Documents that covers all native apps, applications, LMS, websites & webpages, and digital content for both desktops and mobile devices.

Our Accessibility team feeds its research inputs to our Instructional Design & Courseware Development teams. Such data help our teams to ensure that greater reliance is placed on ensuring that all content and course templates designed and developed are accessible and in line with the WCAG 2.0 AA guidelines.

 

Our research team is also focused on finding better digital accessibility strategies, implementations, and testing tools that would best serve the new learning and accessibility requirements identified for disability groups with “cognitive disabilities, limited manipulation, and limited strength” as part of the changes in the 508 compliance guidelines.

To better acquaint our team members with ongoing changes in accessibility standards and compliances, Conscience conducts periodic and on-demand accessibility training for all developers and testers along with the latest trends and developments in not just the Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 AA but also on other guidelines and standard compliances such as Universal Design Language (UDL Framework), UAAG 2.0 and WAI-ARIA. 

We involve our Accessibility Design team in all phases of the ideation, design, development, and testing phases to ensure absolute compliance with the standards and implementation guidelines agreed upon at the time of the project initiation and contract.

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Need a good accessible learning solution that is more than just checking the compliance box?

We can definitely help. 

Accessibility Services at Conscience

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    Accessibility Compliance Implementations 

    • Follow accessibility best practices for designing accessible digital learning solutions ​

    • Develop according to the designs and best practices and populate tab order, alt text, and all aria attributes for a variety of formats — HTML, PDF, PowerPoint, Word documents, video, audio, etc. ​

    • Implement audio/video accessibility requirements such as the inclusion of transcripts for audios and videos

    • Application of accessibility requirements within learning applications and platforms (portals and LMS) ​

    • Inclusion of Accessibility standards such as ALT-Text, keyboard navigation, and color contrast ​

    • Visual alerts to provide visual indication where audio was used to indicate status within the courseware ​

    • Support for assistive technologies such as JAWS or magnifying software ​

    • Closed captioning for your narrations and videos 

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    Alt-Text Services

    • Implementation of Alt-Text tags for all images, animated videos, and audio assets within online courseware developed using rapid course authoring tools such as Articulate Storyline, Rise and Adapt

    • Implementation of Alt-Text tags for all images, animated videos and audio assets within custom courseware projects developed in HTML5

    • Adding ALT-Text short and long descriptions for interactive courseware

    • Supplementation of all images, including those used as controls and links, videos, and audios with appropriate Alt-Text descriptions (both regular, short, and long text descriptions) to support impaired learners.

    • Alt-Text for:
      o    all images used in image-based questions, including for Math equations, tables, charts, graphs and diagrams
      o    audio description for audio-supported questions
      o    interactive activities where transitions are triggered by user action
      o    all navigational components including buttons and links within the assessment application
      o    video animations, background music and images included within these animations/simulations
      o    important auditory information to support synchronized visuals and sound

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    Accessibility Testing

    • Prepare guidelines checklists for both manual & automated test based on prevalent accessibility standards and guidelines

    • Conduct accessibility testing around WCAG guidelines to ensure that all online courseware is in sync and conforms to all WCAG compliances

    • Conduct rigorous testing of all Alt-TEXT attributes to ensure the effectiveness and appropriateness of the alt-texts used

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    Accessibility Compliances R&D

    • Research on the latest HTML5 interactions and WCAG and Section 508 standards

    • Maintenance of reusable components & templates repository

    • Creation and testing of new templates and components

    • Maintenance and updating of the checklists and tools for development and testing

    • Training to teams on the checklist, tools, and techniques

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    Accessibility Audits

    • Performing accessibility audits on all learning output to identify accessibility gaps

    • Prepare a log of gaps and provide remediation, where possible.

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Require our accessibility services for any of your learning products?

We are here to help! 

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USA

Conscience Information Technologies Inc.

16192 Coastal Highway, Lewes

Delaware 19958 

India

Conscience Information Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

Trade Centre | Office 401-403

North Main Road

Koregaon Park, Pune 411001

Telephone: +91.917.224.1919

General Enquiries: info@conscienceit.com

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