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EduAccess- accessible technologies with accessible content

A website that parents, teachers and students can use to find accessible technologies with accessible content, all in one place.

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  • Student Researcher for an organization

Tell us about your idea

Currently, roughly 93 million children in the world live with a disability. While not all of these children are students, the fact remains that there is a population of students in the world that are learning and living with a disability. The current global pandemic is bringing about a positive time of change and influence regarding digital education. The idea behind the website EduAccess, is that it offers parents, teachers and students a reliable, straight forward resource they can trust.


On this website, teachers can search through various online education platforms that they know are accessible for all their students. All of the technologies and platforms included on the site will have appropriate accessibility features and settings. Along with a description of the platform, the accessibility features will also be outlined clearly. Links will also be provided for teachers regarding setting up their classes on the platform, but links will also be provided for parents. These links will help parents familiarize themselves and their children with the platforms, fostering a positive learning experience. 


Even if a platform has accessible settings, the content must also be accessible in order to be effective. For these reasons, online learning sites which provide their own teaching lessons will also be included on this site. Accessible teaching sites require specific features that this website can outline for the teachers, parents and students. 


Giving teachers, parents and students a one stop shop of accessible resources is the goal of the EduAccess website. 

What part(s) of the pre-COVID school system do you wish to leave in the past? Why?

The focus of this idea is to leave platforms, content and technology that are not accessible for all students in the past. Students are unique and therefore their education should be too. Standardized education is going to be left in the past, education for all learners needs to be flexible and adaptive to fit with the diversity of student’s physical, sensory and cognitive abilities. For the success of all students, accessible technologies and content must become the new norm. Inequity amongst learning opportunities and learners themselves still exist and it is our job to use the resources available to us to eradicate such inequities.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.

I am a Master of Public Health candidate currently completing my practicum placement at the national non-profit organization, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB). The project that my preceptor, Dr. Mahadeo Sukhai the Head of Research and Chief Accessibility Officer at CNIB, and I created for my practicum revolves around the current status of accessible digital education for K-12 students in Canada. He shared the OpenIDEO Challenge link with me, and I jumped on the opportunity to share this idea.

The goal of my project is to describe the current state of literature regarding K-12 education accessibility and effectiveness for students with sight loss and to recommend future actions for overall improvement. There is a dangerous inequity that currently exists for students with sight loss in the Canadian education system. The fact is that the graduation rate for students with sight loss is lower than that of students without sight loss. The issue isn’t that the students aren’t able to graduate, because they are. The issue lies in the experience they have and how that effects them later in life.  A global platform where parents, teachers and students can go to choose an accessible technology with accessible content, can positively influence the online learning experience and therefore the lives of these students.

What region are you located in?

  • North America

Where are you located?

The city of Kingston in Ontario, Canada, representing a national organization.

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Hi Shannon, thanks for posting this project! Could you consider including our technology, JumpToPC? We have found that it works especially well in places where children, especially girls, are unable to leave the house to visit an internet cafe. https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/covid-reimagine-learning-challenge/ideas/jumptopc-affordable-personal-computing-and-online-learning/

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