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Russian online educational platforms inaccessible for children with disabilities

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According to experts, up to 80% of state educational online platforms are not accessible for children with disabilities in Russia.

Most of these websites have not followed the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. They also do not meet the requirements of Russian GOSTs regarding the availability of digital information, which entered into force in April 2020. This prevents screen readers users from reading information from these websites.

The ANO Institute for Progressive Education experts surveyed 40 largest public and private educational websites. According to the statement, the results showed that in 80% of cases on state platforms, including the Russian electronic and Moscow electronic schools, there are no accessibility for people with vision disabilities and no audio description.

35 largest private EdTech platforms, only 30% fully or partially meet the requirements of Russian GOSTs. The most common mistakes in designing such platforms are non-observance of color contrast, lack of subtitles, violation of structured content, lack of audio description, inability to use only the keyboard without using a computer mouse.
ANO “Institute of Progressive Education,” asks to strengthen control over the observance of the principles of accessibility in the design of state digital educational products and services.

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