Access for All Students

Purposeful Sampling of Technologies Employed in K-12 Online Education


The Center reviewed an array of software products and digital materials currently used to develop or distribute elementary and secondary instructional materials. The purpose of the review was to identify the extent to which product developers or publishers offered readily discoverable and publicly available information about product accessibility. Using the Section 508 standards for physical and sensory access as a benchmark, the Center has color coded products green, yellow, or red.

We contacted or attempted to contact a representative of each product reviewed in order to verify that the product’s designation was accurate.

Last updated March 2016

Green A Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) was available on the product’s website
Yellow Product accessibility information was available but no VPAT information was listed
Red No product accessibility information was listed

Read the Center’s white paper which details the recent history of accessibility legislation and several examples of VPAT best practices.

Product & VendorVPATNoteCategoryDistributionUpdatedResponded
Adobe Acrobat XI Pro

Adobe Systems Incorporated
VPAT Info PDF ConverterCommercial6/27/2013Y
Adobe Digital Editions

Adobe Systems Incorporated
VPAT Info eBooks/eReaderCommercial6/25/2013Y
Adobe Reader XI

Adobe Systems Incorporated
VPAT Info PDF ViewerCommercial6/27/2013Y
ATutor

ATutor
VPAT Info Content/Learning

Management
Open Source6/25/2013Y
BlackBoard (Elluminate)

Blackboard, Inc.
VPAT Info Content/Learning

Management
Commercial6/25/2013Y
Canvas
K-12

Instructure
VPAT Info Content/Learning

Management
Open Source6/25/2013Y
Cengage
Learning

Cengage Learning, Inc.
VPAT Info Variety 7/10/2013Y
CourseAvenue

CourseAvenue
VPAT Info Content/Learning

Management
Commercial6/25/2013Y
Desire2Learn

Desire2Learn
VPAT Info Content/Learning

Management
Commercial6/25/2013Y
Final Cut Pro X

Apple Computer
VPAT Info Multimedia CreationCommercial6/25/2013Y
GarageBand

Apple Computer
VPAT Info Multimedia CreationCommercial6/25/2013Y
Google
Docs

Google
VPAT Info Document CreationCommercial6/25/2013Y
iBooks2

Apple
VPAT Info Document CreationCommercial6/25/2013Y
iMovie

Apple Computer
VPAT Info Multimedia CreationCommercial6/25/2013Y
Inspiration

Inspiration Software
VPAT Info Organizational/Concept
Mapping
6/25/2013Y
iWork Pages

Apple
VPAT Info Document CreationCommercial6/25/2013Y
Keynote

Apple
VPAT Info PresentationCommercial6/25/2013Y
Kidspiration

Inspiration Software
VPAT Info Organizational/Concept
Mapping
6/25/2013Y
Microsoft Word

Microsoft
VPAT Info Document CreationCommercial6/26/2013Y
Moodlerooms

Moodlerooms, Inc.
VPAT Info Content/Learning

Management
Open Source6/26/2013Y
MovieMaker

Microsoft
VPAT Info Multimedia CreationCommercial6/26/2013Y
PowerPoint

Microsoft
VPAT Info PresentationCommercial6/26/2013Y
Sakai

Sakai Project
VPAT Info Content/Learning

Management
Open Source6/26/2013Y
SoftChalk

SoftChalk LLC
VPAT Info Content/Learning

Management
Commercial6/26/2013Y
VoiceThread

VoiceThread LLC
VPAT Info Multimedia Creation6/26/2013Y
Advanced Academics

Advanced Academics
Not ListedCommitted to updating all
courses to be Section 508 complient; has TTS reader -- See their
accessibility adjustments referenced here - Accessibility Info
Content/Learning

Management
Commercial6/25/2013N
Blogger

Google
Not ListedSee accessibility information
referenced here -Accessibility Info
Blogs & Hybrid CMS SystemsCommercial6/25/2013N
Capstone Digital/ MyON Reader

Coughlin/Capstone Publishing
Not ListedDigital books offer recorded
audio, highlighting & controls are keyboard mapped; magnification
options. See accessibility information referenced here - Accessibility Info
Instructional ContentCommercial6/25/2013N
Compass
Learning

Compass Learning
Not ListedSee accessibility information
referenced here - Accessibility Info
Content/Learning

Management
Commercial6/25/2013Y
Connextions

Rice University
Not ListedSee accessibility information
referenced here - Accessibility Info
Instructional ContentOpen Source6/25/2013Y
Diigo

Diigo
Not Listed>See accessibility information
referenced here - Accessibility Info
Social NetworkingOpen Source6/25/2013N
Edgenuity
(formerly E2020)

Edgenuity, Inc.
Not ListedFormerly E2020: See E2020's
Foundation Paper outlining accessibility here --Accessibility Info
Content/Learning

Management
Commercial6/25/2013Y
Edmentum
(Formerly Plato Learning)

Edmentum Inc.
Not ListedPlato Learning stated they are
Section 508 complient and provided a document outling accessibilty.
Content/Learning

Management
Commercial6/26/2013Y
EduBlogs

Edublogs
Not ListedSee accessibility information
referenced here - Accessibility Info
Blogs & Hybrid CMS
Systems
6/25/2013Y
Epsilen

Epsilen, LLC.
Not ListedSee accessibility information
referenced here - Accessibility Info
Content/Learning

Management
Commercial6/25/2013N
Facebook

Facebook
Not ListedSee accessibility information
referenced here - Accessibility Info
Social Networking 6/25/2013N
IStation

IStation
Not ListedSee accessibility information
referenced here - Accessibility Info
Content Area ProductsCommercial7/10/2013Y
Kindle Fire 2nd Generation

Amazon
Not ListedSee accessibility information
referenced here- Accessibility Info
eBooks/eReaderCommercial6/25/2013Y
Kindle for PC with Accessibility Plug-In

Amazon
Not ListedSee accessibility information
referenced here- Accessibility Info
eBooks/eReaderCommercial6/25/2013Y
Kindle HD 7Ó

Amazon
Not ListedSee accessibility information
referenced here- Accessibility Info
eBooks/eReaderCommercial6/25/2013Y
Kindle HD 8.9Ó

Amazon
Not ListedSee accessibility information
referenced here- Accessibility Info
eBooks/eReaderCommercial6/25/2013Y
Kindle Keyboard

Amazon
Not ListedSee accessibility information
referenced here- Accessibility Info
eBooks/eReaderCommercial6/25/2013Y
McGraw
Hill Inkling

Inkling
Not ListedSee accessibility information
referenced here - Accessibility Info
Instructional ContentCommercial6/25/2013Y
McGraw
Hill Online

McGraw Hill Education
Not ListedSee accessibility information
referenced here - Accessibility Info
Instructional ContentCommercial6/25/2013N
Moodle

Moodle
Not ListedSee accessibility information
referenced here - Accessibility Info
Content/Learning

Management
Open Source6/26/2013Y
Ning

Ning
Not ListedSee accessibility information
referenced here- Accessibility Info
Social Networking 6/27/2013N
Open
Office

Open Office
Not ListedSee accessibility information
referenced here - Accessibility Info>
Document CreationOpen Source6/26/2013Y
PDF

Adobe
Not ListedSee accessibility informaiton
referenced here - Accessibility Info
Document CreationCommercial6/26/2013N
Pearson My Lab/Mastering

Pearson Education
Inc.
Not ListedSee accessibility information
referenced here for MyWritingLab - Accessibility Info
Instructional Content6/26/2013N
Prezi

Prezi
Not ListedSee accessibility information
referenced here - Accessibility Info
Presentation 6/26/2013Y
Scholastic Education

Scholastic Inc.
Not ListedSee accessibility information
for System 44 and Read 180 referenced here - Accessibility Info
Instructional Content6/27/2013N
Schoolnet

Pearson Education
Not ListedThe underlying framework and
technology for content management abides by the principles of W3C Web
Accessibility Initiative (WAI) and Section 508. - Accessibility Info
Content/Learning

Management
Commercial6/26/2013N
Twitter

Twitter
Not ListedSee
accessibility add-on here -Accessibility Info
Social Networking 6/26/2013Y
WordPress

Wordpress
Not ListedSee accessibility information referenced here - Accessibility Info
and Accessibility Info
Blogs & Hybrid CMS
Systems
6/26/2013N
Academy of Math

School Specialty Inc.
Not Listed Content Area ProductsCommercial6/25/2013Y
Academy of Reading

School Specialty Inc.
Not Listed Content Area ProductsCommercial6/25/2013Y
Achieve3000

Achieve3000¨
Not Listed Instructional ContentCommercial6/25/2013N
Adaptive Curriculum

Adaptive Curriculum
Not Listed Instructional ContentCommercial6/25/2013Y
Apex
Learning

Apex Learning
Not Listed Content/Learning

Management
Commercial6/25/2013N
Brain
Hive

Brainhive.com
Not Listed Instructional ContentCommercial6/25/2013N
BrainHoney

Agilix Labs
Not Listed Content/Learning

Management
Commercial6/25/2013Y
cK-12

cK-12 Foundation
Not Listed Instructional ContentOpen Source6/25/2013Y
Class.com

Cambium Learning
Not Listed Content/Learning

Management
Commercial6/25/2013Y
ClassDojo

ClassTwist, Inc.
Not Listed Progress MonitoringOpen Source6/25/2013N
Connections Academy

Pearson Education
Not Listed Content/Learning

Management
Commercial6/25/2013N
Curriki

Curriki.org
Not Listed Instructional ContentOpen Source6/25/2013Y
CyberLearning

NatÕl Ed Foundation
Not Listed Content/Learning

Management
Commercial6/25/2013N
DiscoveryEducation

Discovery Education
Not Listed Instructional ContentCommercial7/15/2013Y
EdisonLearning

EdisonLearning
Not Listed Content/Learning

Management
Commercial6/25/2013N
Edmodo

Edmodo
Not Listed Blogs & Hybrid CMS
Systems
6/25/2013Y
Evernote

Evernote
Not Listed Organizational/Concept
Mapping
6/25/2013N
GoalBook

GoalBook
Not Listed Progress Monitoring 6/25/2013Y
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/MBS Direct

HMH/MBS Direct
Not Listed Instructional ContentCommercial6/25/2013N
K12 (Aventa Learning)

K12 Inc.
Not Listed Content/Learning

Management
Commercial6/25/2013N
Khan
Academy

Khan Academy
Not Listed Instructional ContentOpen Source6/25/2013N
Learning.com

Learning.com
Not Listed Instructional ContentCommercial6/25/2013Y
Lucidchart

Lucid Software
Not Listed Organizational/Concept
Mapping
6/25/2013Y
Mosaica
Online Education

Mosaica Education, Inc.
Not Listed Content/Learning

Management
Commercial6/28/2013N
My Reading Coach

Mindplay
Not Listed Content Area ProductsCommercial7/10/2013Y
NaMaYa

NaMaYa Education
Not Listed Content/Learning

Management
Commercial6/26/2013N
Odysseyware

Odysseyware
Not Listed Content/Learning

Management
Commercial6/26/2013Y
OER
Commons

ISKME
Not Listed Instructional ContentOpen Source6/26/2013Y
PBS LearningMedia

PBS & WGBH Educational
Foundation
Not Listed Instructional Content6/27/2013N
Pearson Etext

Pearson School
Not Listed Instructional ContentCommercial6/26/2013Y
Pearson Online Learning Exchange

Pearson
Education
Not Listed Instructional Content6/26/2013N
Pinnacle Online High School

Pinnacle
Education
Not Listed Content/Learning

Management
Commercial6/26/2013N
Scratch

MIT Media Lab
Not Listed Multimedia Creation6/26/2013Y
SuccessMaker

Pearson Education, Inc.
Not Listed Content Area Products6/26/2013Y
Symphony
Math

Symphony Learning
Not Listed Content Area ProductsCommercial6/27/2013N
Learning

Triumph Learning, LCC
Not Listed Test PreparationCommercial6/26/2013Y
Unity

Unity Technologies
Not Listed Multimedia Creation6/26/2013Y
Vschoolz

Vschoolz, Inc.
Not ListedVschoolz has an “ADA Statement” link on its homepage, but the associated information provided is unclear - Accessibility InfoContent/Learning

Management
Commercial6/26/2013Y
xLi
Agilix

Agilix, Inc.
Not Listed Application Programming InterfaceCommercial6/27/2013N