Why is ICT Accessibility Important in Scientific Applications?
Most universities and organizations have been making their physical buildings more accessible for persons with disabilities. More websites are now built to meet global Information and Communication Technology (ICT) accessibility standards in the digital world, which is commendable.
However, an increasing amount of coursework and research work now requires the ability to manipulate science software and technology. This reliance on virtual platforms in science education and research began before the year 2020 but accelerated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Virtual or blended learning is now par for the course in most educational institutions, especially those dedicated to research.
An encouraging trend has been in the world of library technology and sciences. There have been several vital conversations around embracing disability inclusion, and several top universities have publicly declared their commitment to offering information and access to users with disabilities.
Additionally, educational institutions purchase or subscribe to various tools and technology for students and faculty to collaborate, communicate, learn, and research. Going forward, these technology partners must offer ICT products and services designed with accessibility in mind from the start. Science education equity is a worthy goal that we are happy to support.