An increasingly large number of people with disabilities are using software nowadays. However, much of the software created today is inaccessible to people with disabilities. The WorldWideWeb Consortium (W3C) and many other well-known companies have provided the best practices of creating accessible software. Unfortunately, developers either struggle to sympathize with accessibility issues, do not know the best practices of accessibility design, or both. Hence, there is a need to teach developers about accessibility and how to create accessible software. Unfortunately, accessibility is not widely taught in education.

The Accessibility Learning Labs (ALL) were created to address the limitation of readily available, high-quality accessibility educational material. The aim of the labs is to help students understand accessibility issues, increase awareness of the need to create accessible software, and empathize with problems that people with disabilities go through. This research focuses on the first accessibility learning lab utilizing audio cues and teaching students about people with hearing impairments.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

People with disabilities--Services for; Computers and people with disabilities; Assistive computer technology; Hearing impaired--Services for

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Software Engineering (MS)

Department, Program, or Center

Software Engineering (GCCIS)


Daniel Krutz

Advisor/Committee Member

Michael Stinson

Advisor/Committee Member

J. Scott Hawker


RIT – Main Campus

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