Deque has worked with Echo360®, the global leader in campus-wide blended learning and lecture capture solutions, to earn a VPAT for federal government section 508 accessibility standard, credentialing technology for students and instructors with disabilities. Deque issued the VPAT after assisting in Echo360's accessibility modification efforts.
"Echo360 has established their role as leaders in lecture capture technology by embracing universal design and providing a product that is accessible to all users," said Preety Kumar, CEO of Deque Systems. "It is clear that accessibility is now a must-have for the educational market and Echo360 has provided a product that allows teachers and students everywhere equal opportunities to enhance education via blended learning tools."
The certification covers the EchoPlayer and the EchoCenter course portal. Screen-reader compatibility with optional lecture transcription is available for blind and low vision learners while closed captions assist the deaf and hard of hearing. The software also offers keyboard-only navigation options for users unable to utilize a mouse. Echo360 has also designed its technology in accordance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG), which were developed to ensure that web content is accessible to a wider range of users with disabilities.