Our Commitment to Accessibility

At MIND Education, we believe every student has the potential to deeply understand and truly love math, including students with disabilities. Focusing on students and valuing people is just one of our core values, and we strive to deliver our K-8 math education games in a manner that ensures equal access and independence to all students and teachers. ST Math’s patented, evidence-based approach makes it the only math program that delivers equitable impact for all student groups. Whether they are above or below grade level, classified as gifted and talented or special education, emerging bilingual or native English speakers – all thrive when they finally experience math the way every brain learns.

MIND Education's mission is to ensure that all students are mathematically equipped to solve the world’s most challenging problems.

Within that, we aim to ensure that we remove potential barriers to learning for all students, including barriers for students with disabilities, so our products will be easy to use and will have a significant impact on math learning. We are dedicated to making the ST Math product a leader in user experience, and a critical part of that is accessibility. That’s why we’ve adopted the internationally recognized Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 Level AA standard as a beacon for our web pages, applications, PDFs, and multimedia assets. Below you’ll find just some of the ways we are incorporating accessibility into our culture at MIND Education:

  • Providing formal training for our employees on disabilities and how to make our products and services accessible to all.
  • Conducting regular accessibility testing of all products and services to continue to enhance our offerings for all students and teachers.
  • Injecting accessibility practices and testing throughout the solution delivery lifecycle.
  • MIND Education is committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. You can learn more about it by accessing our DEI page.

For years there was a belief that simply improving underserved students’ access to technology would have a tremendous impact on the achievement and equity gap. But it hasn’t.   

According to the 2018-2019 Annual Infrastructure Report by CoSN (in which the largest number of respondents were from small districts), 92% of respondents reported all schools in their districts are meeting the FCC's short-term goal of 100 Mbps per 1,000 students.

Access to technology (internet, devices) has improved dramatically, though as we learned with the recent COVID-19 school closures, there are still many students for which access is still a barrier. And even when students have access to resources, there is another digital divide that schools are facing—how technology is being used. Equal access to technology is not providing equitable learning opportunities for students. 

The Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology defined the digital use divide as separating “students who use technology in ways that transform their learning from those who use the tools to complete the same activities but now with an electronic device (e.g., digital worksheets, online multiple-choice tests).” Multiple studies and reports have provided evidence of the digital use divide between underprivileged students in poorer districts, and students in more affluent ones.

At MIND, we believe challenges like the digital use divide contribute to what we call the Experience Gap.

  • Language-Free Approach
    ST Math is designed with minimal written text, removing language and reading barriers to allow all students to access and learn mathematics.
  • Optimized User Interfaces
    ST Math’s grounding in neuroscience supports students by providing a learning environment withoptimal visual complexity. In doing so, we reduce the cognitive load and working memory required to engage in our program.
  • Visual to Symbolic Progression
    Progressions of topics from visual to symbolic with intentional number choices provide a low floor for broad student access with connections throughout to reach a high ceiling. We never use color as the sole indicator to convey information. Texture, icons, or other visual elements are always included in addition.
  • Keyboard navigation support
    Keyboard navigation support is provided fully through the application along with a focus indicator to navigate.

We aim to make the customer journey through ST Math accessible so that all students can access content without modification. At the same time, we are planning for an accessibility configuration menu for students and teachers that will encompass self-voicing, contrast, and keyboard navigation.

MIND Education is on a continuous journey to promote digital equality. At the heart of our mission and our educational programs is the goal to make math learning more inclusive, accessible and equitable for all students.  We have implemented changes to improve our approach and to better support students of many abilities.  One of our current areas of focus is on improving the program experience for low vision and blind students.  We are working on incorporating a self-voicing option in the ST Math games to better support students. During this transition to improve the experience for more students and WCAG compliance, MIND Education realizes students still need access to educational products to enhance their ability to understand and love math. While the K-8 ST Math product is being enhanced to provide self-voicing capabilities, MIND Education is committed to disability inclusion.

Need Assistance?

As a valued member of our ST Math family, your needs are important to us. We put customer service at the heart of what we do. If the format of any material on this website prohibits your ability to access information, please let us know. Customer service representatives trained to work with students and teachers with disabilities are ready to assist you.
●    Email us at support@mindeducation.org 
●    Give us a call at 1-888-491-6603

We promise to provide personal service, respond quickly and thoroughly, and make it easy to get your needs met.

Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates (VPATs) / Accessibility Conformance Reports (ACRs)
ACR documentation related to our products is available  upon request. This information highlights how our digital applications and software currently conform to disability guidelines and is intended to be used by school districts, educational institutions, and government agencies.
The Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) is a standardized form developed in partnership by the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to document a product’s conformance with key regulations of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

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