Accessibility means access for everyone and this principle is at the centre of the Rebooting the Greek Language project. Developers and designers working in the Stavros Niarchos Foundation New Media Lab at Simon Fraser University are committed to helping as many people as possible to navigate, understand, and interact with their apps.
The learning process – and this is especially true for a language – is a highly individualized process, that differs from person to person. And so the project team has committed to researching and anticipating user needs. The app will feature significant flexibility to customize the user interface and change the way information and lessons are experienced. People with visual and perceptual challenges – such as colour blindness or those with low visual acuity – as well as those with learning difficulties – such as autism, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – need and deserve accessibility.
The Rebooting the Greek Language project therefore supports the principles of Universal Design. Users will have the ability to engage with the app audibly; audio descriptions will give access to the lesson content, images, and text. Features such as zoom, and the ability to invert colours and increase contrast will provide users with the flexibility they need, while the appearance of shapes and labels with be designed with accessibility in mind. Subtle features, such as the typographic variables like text size, font weight will also be customizable. Lastly, users who need assistance focusing will be able to enable guided access features, which limits the use of a single application.
– Myrto Lazaridou