Vulcan Academy
The place where knowledge has no barriers
“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” - Benjamin Franklin
Apart from the fact that Vulcan has provided career opportunities through the AI trainer position, our other ambitious vision is also to equip essential skills, both for working and living, to all PWDs across the country so that they will be able to advance their professional growth and to ensure that they will not be excluded from the labor market during this digital transformation century. In order to do so, Vulcan requires an educational platform consisting of not only a wide range of suitable courses but also an accessible Learning Management System (LMS) for all types of disabilities. Unfortunately, such innovation hasn’t been prioritized much due to a lack of disability awareness and understanding. Vulcan Academy is, therefore, designed to be the first online learning platform in Thailand totally accessible for PWDs.
At Vulcan, we believe that one who understands PWDs the most is certainly PWDs themselves. This is the reason why our 2 disabled software developers, one has a visual impairment, the other has Asperger's syndrome, are included in the team in order to ensure all accessibilities in every aspect. Effectively, the concept of accessibility features will be designed based on the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) which recommend the four principles of accessibility as follows:
  1. 1.
    Perceivable - information and user interface components must be presented to users in ways they can perceive;
  2. 2.
    Operable - user interface components and navigation must work with input methods other than a mouse or trackpad;
  3. 3.
    Understandable - Information and the operation of the user interface must be clear and concise;
  4. 4.
    Robust - content must be robust enough that it can be interpreted reliably by a wide variety of assistive technologies.
In addition, we will make sure that every essential assistive technology (AT) would be attentively implemented to support the learning of students with disabilities. For example, screen reader applications that let blind students navigate this platform, take courses, and understand all provided learning text materials; adjustable typography that allows low-vision users to customize texts (size, color, and font) to maximize legibility according to their own visual needs; and sign language videos including captions that enable students with hearing impairments to comprehend course content. Furthermore, once students complete a course, they will receive a certification of completion as proof of their success (which is indeed readable for visually impaired students).
Although Vulcan Academy is initially designed to be an accessible learning platform with an objective to assist PWDs in improving themselves, all interested non-disabled users are also welcome to join the journey as it is expected to be a leading platform that connects disabled and non-disabled people in terms of education and social skills. This linking relationship will not only enhance the integration of PWDs but also raise disability awareness among the public.
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