Extend access and inclusion to learners with disabilities and non-native language speakers
One of the top priorities of education systems and their partners is making content accessible and inclusive to all learners. When educators make this happen, it propels students of all abilities to the next level in their personal journeys. Crawford Technologies supports this through two major initiatives:
Digital Document Accessibility Solutions and Services
The AccessibilityNow® platform is designed to automate the way education systems and learning platforms find, test, fix and maintain the educational course materials vital to students’ learning. AccessibilityNow can scan public websites or content stores, find documents, test those documents against WCAG checkpoints, report on results over time, and even route files that are not accessible to automated or manual remediation workflows. Results are:
- Immediate awareness of what course materials are accessible vs those that require remediation
- Detailed testing results at the page and document section-level, speeding authors’ efforts to make their content accessible and useable to students that rely on screen readers
- Optional capabilities to bulk-remediate files in an automated way, or to route files for internal or external manual remediation services which return the fixed files under specific SLA’s
- Student accommodation for specific alternative format such as braille, audio and large print for course materials and text books
As learner populations become ever more diverse, the challenge of supporting students who have Limited English Proficiency (LEP) or non-native speakers has become a stumbling block in their quest to succeed academically. To combat this, Crawford Technologies has developed the Instant Language Assistant (ILA), a combination of dual tablet hardware for student and teacher, plus highly sophisticated, AI-based language translation software that can translate over 120 languages in real-time. ILA can also support domain-specific vocabulary for specific subjects, eliminating mis-translation of content, access to real-time interpreters for over 120 languages 7x24x365, including American Sign Language for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
By simply approaching the device, students and teachers can choose their language and start communicating. They can speak, spell out loud or type and the results are immediately displayed and voiced to both people in their native languages – preventing confusion and improving the learning experience instantly.