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12 Online Accessibility Tools For an Immersive EdTech

  • Published on: June 20, 2024
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  • Updated on: June 21, 2024
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Authored By:

Anjali Lalwani

Accessibility Specialist

Accessible immersive learning technologies in education give educators the freedom they need for knowledge transfer while catering to the needs of students with different abilities. This underscores the need for edtech to integrate online accessibility tools that respect and reflect learners’ complexities.

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We have rounded up the top 12 online accessibility tools for accessible XR in education. By understanding which tool integrations are right for the product, edtech leaders can meet the needs of the target audience while boosting overall brand reputation and goodwill. Further, the right tools can create products, usable by every learner, maximizing positive experiences, and avoiding costly retrofits.


Top 12 Online Accessibility Tools

Below are the top 12 types of online accessibility evaluators that target prominent accessibility concerns in immersive edtech.

1. User Experience Simulators

User experience simulators are tools designed to simulate conditions based on real-time user perspectives. It can replicate user experience with different abilities to help developers understand and address accessibility barriers.

It can simulate conditions like color blindness, dyslexia, and motor disabilities in Virtual Reality (VR) environments. Similarly, simulators for visual disabilities can show developers how users with macular degeneration or tunnel vision experience VR.

Such simulators are integrated directly into development environments or are available as browser extensions to test Extended Reality (XR) applications. In this way, XR can help us better understand the experience of specific disabilities and foster greater empathy.

2. Accessibility Compliance Validators

Accessibility compliance validators are online accessibility testing tools that check XR products and applications against Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), providing detailed reports for legal and ethical compliance. By ensuring that XR applications meet accessibility requirements, they prevent potential lawsuits and improve user inclusivity.

These validators can be directly included in the development pipeline, providing automated accessibility checks during the XR content creation. Automatic adjustments are done directly for specific errors, while others are highlighted in reports for manual upgrades.

3. Haptic Feedback Evaluators

Haptic feedback evaluators can assess whether users with visual and auditory disabilities are provided with alternate ways of receiving information and alerts. They evaluate the effectiveness of feedback through vibrations or other tactile signals. Developers can then use this feedback to fine-tune the intensity and vibration patterns. In case of minor notifications, for instance, gentle vibrations would do. On the contrary, stronger feedback is created for more critical alerts.

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Developers can integrate these evaluators during the prototyping phase for iterative testing. This allows early identification and correction of potential issues. Haptic feedback evaluators can also be integrated with software or hardware like VR headsets, AR glasses, or haptic gloves to ensure effectiveness regardless of the device. 

4. Keyboard Accessibility Tester

Keyboard accessibility testers check whether XR environments can be navigated and interacted with the help of keyboards. They ensure that users with motor disabilities can effectively access the XR device.

Keyboard accessibility testers collaborate with developers and UX designers early in the development, evaluating the application and testing each element to ensure it can be navigated and operated using a keyboard. They can check for issues like missing focus indicators, inaccessible interactive components, and improper tab order to enable real-time code and design adjustments.

5. Gesture Control Accessibility Tools

Gesture control accessibility tools are useful for ensuring accessibility to people with varying degrees of dexterity and motor skills. They test the responsiveness and intuitiveness of gestures such as swipes, pinches, and taps on touchscreens or motion-sensitive devices.

Developers can integrate gesture control and accessibility testing tools into their development environment or testing frameworks. These tools may come as standalone software or as plugins/extensions for existing development tools, developers using testing frameworks, PIs, and utilities for defining test cases, executing tests, and analyzing results provided by the framework.

6. Speech-to-text tools

Speech-to-text tools are essential online accessibility tools to enable real-time communication. Through their natural language processing capabilities, they can convert spoken language into written text and facilitate voice-controlled navigation.

By integrating speech-to-text APIs, developers can enhance their applications with voice input capabilities, improving accessibility for users who prefer or require voice commands.

7. Color Contrast and Color Spectrum Validators

Color validators analyze color combinations and recommend color adjustments that ensure readability for users with color vision deficiency and low vision.  They help in designing visually accessible interfaces that support adequate color contrast and differentiation between elements.

These tools can be directly integrated into the design software to automatically flag and suggest corrections during the designing phase.

8. Screen Reader Compatibility Tools

Screen reader compatibility ensures that users with visual disabilities can access the application. Screen reader tools check for proper use of HTML, ARIA roles, and other elements that enhance screen reader functionality. They can perform an accessibility audit of the web application’s markup, structure, and content.

Available as standalone software, browser extensions, or built-in features of accessibility testing platforms, developers can integrate them into the development environment or the browser developer tool.

9. Compatibility Checkers

Compatibility checkers can test whether the product is device-agnostic and can function well across operating systems and browsers. They perform feature-specific tests to verify compatibility with specific hardware components, APIs, or system configurations.

After conducting compatibility tests, these tools generate comprehensive reports detailing the evaluation results. This ensures that the user is having a consistent experience regardless of the device or platform. They can be integrated with automated testing suites, ensuring compatibility checks are performed regularly.

10. Educational Content Adaptation Tools

These tools offer features like word predictors, digital highlighters, braille formats, and text spacing adjustments for users with dyslexia and other audio-visual disabilities. It can modify content as per the diverse needs, preferences, and abilities of learners.

They use natural language processing and computer vision techniques to understand the content’s structure, context, and complexity. Further, their adaptive learning algorithms also adjust educational materials based on the learner’s profiles and objectives.

11. Focus Management Tools

Focus management tools help developers ensure that keyboard and screen reader users can navigate web content efficiently. They manage the focus state of interactive elements on a web page and apply appropriate ARIA roles to them to enhance the accessibility of screen readers. They also allow developers to customize the tab order of elements on the page for logical navigation.

Many focus management tools integrate with popular front-end frameworks and libraries to facilitate focus management in complex web applications. They provide APIs and components that developers can use to implement accessible focus management patterns within their chosen framework.

12. Interactive Environment Customization Tools

Interactive environment customization tools offer a range of features to tailor interfaces, input methods, and color schemes to improve user-friendliness. For instance, users can create 3D models in VR environments and even customize layouts depending on the setting.

They can integrate with third-party APIs and extensions to extend functionality and offer additional customization options. Developers can also create plugins, extensions, or API endpoints that extend the capabilities of the customization tool and integrate with other software systems.

The application of VR and AR hinges on the user’s ability and environment including gestures, spatial considerations, and surrounding sounds among others. Without a thoughtful and balanced approach that prioritizes different disabilities like visual, motor, auditory, and cognitive, the experience can be intimidating for a majority of students. Edtech leaders should take a targeted approach to immersive technology development to ensure inclusive learning. By prioritizing the use of online accessibility tools in AR and VR products, institutions can truly redefine the learning experience for all.

MagicEdtech can help you realize your accessibility goals better. Our accessibility tool, MagicA11y can drive exceptional results in AR and VR accessibility compliance. Further, our team of expert accessibility professionals conducts several tests from a user’s perspective to ensure your product is always at the forefront of accessibility compliance.

Contact us today!


Written By:

Anjali Lalwani

Accessibility Specialist

With a focus on developing and improving platforms and products, Anjali is a fervent supporter of digital accessibility solutions at Magic EdTech. Anjali understands the challenges that come with balancing accessibility, time, and financial constraints. That's why she's not only passionate about creating solutions that promote accessibility but also ensures that they are practical and feasible for clients. Her approach is not just about meeting regulatory requirements; it's about making a real difference in people's lives by breaking down barriers to learning and digital inclusion.


Online accessibility tools in immersive edtech refer to software solutions designed to enhance the accessibility of educational experiences in virtual and augmented reality environments. These tools aim to cater to the diverse needs of learners, including those with disabilities, by providing features that facilitate easier access to educational content.

Online accessibility tools enhance the learning experience for students with different abilities by removing barriers to access. They ensure that educational content in immersive environments is perceivable, operable, understandable, and robust for all users, regardless of their disabilities. This inclusivity fosters equal participation and engagement in learning activities.

Yes, there are legal requirements for implementing accessibility tools in edtech products, particularly in context of educational institutions receiving federal funding. Compliance with accessibility standards such as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) is often mandated to ensure equal access to educational resources for students with disabilities.

Online accessibility tools use simulators to replicate various user experiences, such as color blindness, dyslexia, and motor disabilities within immersive environments. These simulations help developers understand the challenges faced by users with different abilities and guide the design of accessible features.

Common challenges in making XR environments accessible include ensuring compatibility with assistive technologies, designing intuitive user interfaces, providing alternative modes of interaction, and addressing diverse user needs while maintaining engagement and educational efficacy.

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