Matt Gervais is a Project Coordinator at MRCC. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Westfield State University and is an experienced editor, writer, reporter, and blogger. Outside of work, Matt enjoys cooking, craft beer, and listening to music.
Emily Labrie is a Project Coordinator at MRCC. Emily holds a Bachelor’s in English, which was perpetuated by her insatiable love of reading. In addition, Emily has a unnatural knack for creating spreadsheets and enjoys seeing Broadway musicals, watching movies and TV shows, and doting on her cats Poe, Ella, and Watson — named as result of being a mega bookworm.
Over 55 million Americans have some type of disability that affects their ability to use software. This number is increasing as need, as well as the population, increase.
The recent lawsuit filed by the National Association of the Deaf against MIT and Harvard has brought attention back to the issue of accessibility of educational software for disabled individuals. The risk of lawsuit, along with the alienation of customers, is bringing this topic to top-of-mind for many companies. Despite best efforts to build products that accommodate disabled individuals, businesses and organizations are still trying to make sense of what makes software accessible. This confusion typically stems from a lack of guidelines and expertise around accessibility. Continue reading “Add accessibility and enable eLearning opportunities”→
Imagine your boss just issued a memo stating you can no longer use the Internet—for anything work related. Safe to say, your immediate reaction would probably range anywhere between frustration and utter confusion; however, one thing is certain: you need access to the Internet to do your job. Not to mention, your entire office is probably baffled as to how they are going to stop using something so integrated into their everyday lives. Now, consider how you would react to this situation if your boss was a teacher and you were a student.Continue reading “Plugging into Classroom Technology”→