Accessibility

Ensuring all learners succeed

Our mission is simple: to help people make progress in their lives through learning. We will only be successful when our educational materials are accessible to all users.

We’re committed to providing access to students with disabilities. Our commitment is woven into the fabric of our learning materials, development processes, innovation efforts, employee culture, and partnerships.

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Our guidelines for accessible educational web media

We gratefully acknowledge and endorse the work of the Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web consortium on the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, as well as the work of United States Access Board and the Information Technology Advisory Committee (TEITAC) on their Section 508 Refresh Drafts.

We strive to provide equal access for all students. To achieve this goal, we’ve created the Pearson Accessibility Guidelines for eLearning. These guidelines provide developers standards for creating the most effective educational content.

Our involvement in the accessibility community

Pearson works closely with key members of the disability and advocacy community who are committed to accessible instructional materials. We work with organizations such as W3C, the DIAGRAM Center, Book Industry Study Group, the Center for Accessible Materials Innovation, and the EDUPUB Alliance (EPUB for Education). Pearson is pleased to announce our collaboration with the Book Industry Study Group to promote the launch of Quick Start Guide to Accessible Publishing.

Pearson staff contribute time, expertise, and creativity to moving accessibility forward. We conduct user studies and a variety of research and usability studies on important topics, such as assistive technology use, and on product prototypes. We collaborate with advocacy groups, such as the National Federation of the Blind, and share advances and insights through conference presentations.

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Alternate format text

Alternate Text Files are available for qualified students and instructors upon request and at no added cost, provided the student has purchased or is renting the print or digital textbook. Files may be ordered directly from Pearson’s disability request form or via Access Text Network, a clearinghouse for files from all major higher education publishers.

Accessible Learning Resources

eBooks

Deployed in 2015, Pearson’s new eTextbook platform meets most WCAG 2.0 Level AA standards. As titles revise, they flow into the new platform.

PowerPoint® presentations

Beginning in 2014, accessible PowerPoints are created for most new and revised products.

Audio-video content

Since 2012, the majority of our educational videos have been closed captioned. Transcripts are available for most new audio-video content. If unavailable, transcripts will be created as needed.

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Accessibility eBook

Created in collaboration with the BISG Accessible Publishing Working Group, Pearson is pleased to announce the publication of the new Pearson-branded BISG Quick Start Guide to Accessible Publishing!

This guide serves as the model for best practices in creating accessible digital content. This eBook offers a succinct introduction to the basics of accessibility, legal requirements, top tips, very practical advice on producing accessible content, and much more.
Please download your free copy from VitalSource

Accessibility support

We have a team of accessibility specialists to assist customers.

Email your accessibility issue to disability.support@pearson.com.