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Major Tech Companies Strive to Make Tools Accessible for Students

From EdTech, July 14, 2017

Adobe, Microsoft and Google all have designed features that could benefit those with disabilities at universities.

Earlier this year, the National Science Foundation found that students with disabilities are now just as likely to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields in higher education as their peers.

This could be due in part to the universal design standards and accessible technology initiatives that many universities have adopted, thus making it easier for all students to pursue any degree.

Also, many major tech companies have worked to ensure their products are able to be used by any student.

Adobe Software Keeps Accessibility in Mind for Course Content

Educators at California State University, Northridge consider the user-friendliness of documents and PDFs they send their students thanks to Adobe Acrobat Pro. The software’s built-in accessibility checker indicates when a PDF lacks usability for all users.

“Accessible documents should include text that can be read aloud by assistive technology, images accompanied by a description (or ‘alternative text’) and logical organization,” reads the EdTech article on Cal State Northridge’s initiative.

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