Accessibility by Design
Grounded in the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) approach, accessibility is at our core.
Accessible Learning
Alchemie’s interactive learning tools are designed as accessible-first to create a more inclusive learning experience for all users.
Each digital interactive is accompanied by our Kasi and Epiphany systems which allow for users to interact with our web-based apps in different ways.

The Alchemie Epiphany logo with a gradient on the letters from red to yellow and rays coming from the "i" in "Epiphany".
Epiphany is Alchemie's new AI-powered system that is used to make all of our digitial interactives fully accessible. Through it, users can receive automatic alt text of the current state of the interactive, and interact with our AI learning assistant, Piph.
A student on a computer with headphones on working on building the Lewis structure for ammonia with the Piph chat open, asking for guidance.
Keyboard Accessible Control Panel:
An alternate interface for our digital interactives, through which screen reader users can create their own diagrams.
Alt Text:
The Epiphany system automatically converts configuration data from our interactives into clear, consistent alternative text as diagrams are built. Paired with Piph, users can interact with alt text in an all-new way.
An AI-powered learning assistant that helps students by providing guiding questions, positive encouragement throughout the process, and instant feedback without giving away the answer.
Pillars of Design
Designing Kasi and Epiphany have been guided by our pillars of creating accessible learning tools:
1. Accessibility First:

Rather than trying to add in an accessibility feature to a digital interactive as an after-thought, accessibility is at the forefront during the entire design process.

2. Focus on Abilities:

Consider users having differing abilities, as opposed to “disabilities.” Cognition is enhanced through multiple representations, be it through sight, sound, or touch or a combination of senses.

3. Believe All Students Can be Successful:

One of our favorite quotes is “impaired vision does not necessarily preclude our faculties to visualize.”* Once you embrace this quote you see that all students have the potential to succeed and our job as educators is to give them the tools necessary to make it possible.

4. Think Inclusively:

Embrace the quote above a little bit more. You can shift your mindset from making “special tools” for “special education” to making tools that are inclusive and truly allow for equal treatment of all students.

5. Be Inclusive During the Design Process

You can’t close your eyes, pretend to be blind and think you’ll make a truly accessible product. Bring in differently abled users early on to test the product as it is being created and refine iteratively with additional feedback.