Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) where consideration, discussion and learning about digital access and inclusion is in focus. With more than 2.5 billion people living with disabilities globally that require at least one assistive product, this is significant for eLearning success.
Key considerations for accessibility in digital learning
According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare; 1 in 6 Australians are estimated to live with a disability. Being an organisation that is inclusive makes ethical and commercial sense. It broadens your talent pool and strengthens your reputation of being an accessible and inclusive employer. When training is properly designed, people with a disability learn better. Making your online learning accessible is vital to ensuring your organisation ensures inclusiveness, anti-discrimination, and equal opportunity, as well as meeting compliance obligations.
If a website is difficult to use as many as 71% of those with disabilities will disengage. What’s more, as the working population ages many more people acquire impairments which they wouldn’t necessarily consider a disability but can cause accessibility challenges. Providers in this space and organisational leaders need to keep a finger on the pulse to be able to effectively service individual needs.
A great learning experience depends on the learner and their needs
It doesn’t matter what we put into a learning experience if the learner can’t access it well or have a high-quality experience.
Great learning experiences should be great no matter what your learner’s individual needs are, including users with accessibility challenges or disabilities.
Encouragingly, 77% of people living with a disability have indicated their workplace has improved since the pandemic and therefore consistency in accessibility as a focus area is getting better.
Efforts in continuous improvement for digital accessibility
Kineo Courses are ever evolving, and we continue to improve usability for learners of all abilities. Our products work with any off-the-shelf assistive/adaptive technologies whilst also having our own embedded within, designed to align to WCAG 2.1 AA.
In our recent Behind the Courses Curtain video series, Nick Wiltink, Kineo Courses Lead Technical Consultant and accessibility ambassador tells us more about our signature course features and how we strive for excellence with accessibility to provide a great learning experience for all learners, no matter what our differences are. In this video Nick identifies some of the main digital accessibility challenges.
An earlier blog provides further reading on this topic ‘eLearning accessibility - inclusive digital learning design’ From the angle of online learning design with a focus on accessibility and having the individual learner in mind.
Our partnership with Cerebral Palsy Alliance (CPA) further cements our passion to offer premium learning content for the individual and through working together, bring the next generation of digital learning to the disability sector.
Can your organisation do more?
If your organisation needs to improve its elearning digital accessibility, get in touch we’d be delighted to hear from you. Kineo. We’re here to help.