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External Application, My Virtual Child

Cannot evaluate; institution should perform due diligence to ensure accessibility of product and content. Software application used outside of LMS (Learning Management System) cannot be evaluated for accessibility. Institution needs to evaluate any program used for online coursework to be usable by people with disabilities.

Example of Issue

An instructor is using an online application titled “My Virtual Child.” This is a web-based simulation program that allows the student to raise a child from birth to age 18. Students with visual impairments are not able to view certain images used in the application.

Virtual Child


Example of Standard in Action

Instructor is using Cengage Learning Education materials. The instructor and institution have confirmed that materials used by the instructor are accessible by students with disabilities. Instructor also offers to provide any student with alternative formats in case they are not able to access any course materials while using Cengage Learning Education resources.

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Locating the Issue in Your Course

Check your course for any use of My Virtual Child application. Contact the vendor and confirm if application is accessible or provide an accessible alternative.

Resources to Align With Standard

  • @ONE provides training and online resources to faculty and staff to learn technology for free or low cost thanks to funding from the California Community College Chancellor’s Office and Technology Infrastructure Program (TTIP). Link provided will take you to webinar that will help you to understand how to make your web content accessible.
  • WebAIM (Web Accessibility in Mind) provides web accessibility solutions to individuals with disabilities. Links provided will introduce you to web accessibility and how to certify that your website is web accessible.

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