A little over thirty years ago, my life—and the lives of tens of millions of Americans—was changed in immeasurable ways by the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Coming of age in a world where ADA was the law, I was free to imagine and pursue opportunities that were previously impossible for people with disabilities, including visually impaired people like me.
I’m honored to share that VitalSource recently earned a maximum ASPIREscore of 100% for high-quality accessibility standards, and our company now sits at the top of the ASPIRElist of platforms. While we’re proud we have achieved this goal, we’re even more motivated to explore the next frontier in accessibility.
Around the world, more students than ever before are reliant upon digital learning tools and eTexts in order to continue their education under these exceptional circumstances.
As colleges and universities near the end of a truly remarkable spring semester, institution leaders around the world are preparing for the possibility that students may not be able to return to traditional, in-person learning experiences anytime soon due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
I’m proud of VitalSource’s commitment to excellence in accessibility and the recognition our team has recently received. In September 2019, we were awarded the DAISY Consortium Award for Accessibility in Publishing. In January 2020, we were ranked the #1 publishing platform by ASPIRE with an incredible score of 97%. I’m proud of this recognition because it highlights our team’s continuous commitment to providing tools with industry-leading accessibility features.