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Types of accessible digital learning solutions

The types of accessible digital learning solutions, can be grouped into these six categories based on the preferences of the end user who will ultimately access the materials:

    Disability Specific Digital Content 

    • ie. Sign Language Video books,
    • for users who prefer sign language 
    • learners who are deaf & hard of hearing

    Digital Content in Accessible Formats 

    • ie. Accessible PDFs, ePubs or DAISY books 
    • for all learners who prefer non-visual document navigation 
    • learners who are bind & low-vision 
    • learners with physical impairments
    • Learning with cognitive impairments and neurodiverse learners 

    Digital Content in Alternative Formats

    • ie. Audiobooks, Printed Braille, Large Format Print, 
    • Not all learners can access alternative formats, printed braille only accessible by users who can read it (blind low vision).
    • Some alternative formats (audio books) have been mainstreamed.

    Digital Content following Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Principles

    • ie. Interactive games, stimulating and engaging content 
    • for all learners
    • Learners users who prefer multi-modal and kinesthetic communication style.
    • Learners who have a learning impairment
    • For some learners who have a intellectual disability

    Learning Tools 

    • ie. Read-aloud picture books or apps and browsers that read-aloud content (eg. Immersive reader) 
    • for all learners who have difficulty reading or processing text and prefer for it to be read aloud and highlighted 
    • learners with a learning impairment
    • low vision users 
    • learners with motor impairments
    • learners with intellectual disability

    Assistive Technologies 

    • ie. Screen readers, AI powered captions, Computer vision cameras that describe the world around you, 
    • forusers who use technology to enhance their ability to interact with the world around them.  
    • learners who are blind and low vision and use computer vision & AI to describe documents
    • learners who are deaf & hard of hearing and use AI to auto transcribe conversations in real-time
    • learners with motor impairments that use eye-tracking, low effort switch controllers to navigate through documents.
    • Learners with cognitive impairments that making understanding or porcessing information difficult
    • Learners with psychosocial needs that make focus and concentration challenging