The Office of Civil Rights provides a functional definition of accessibility in education: Accessibility is providing students the opportunity to acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same services as students without disabilities, with substantially equivalent ease of use fully, equally, and independently.
Introducing Blackboard Ally
- Tool in Blackboard to improve accessibility of course content
- Accessibility Scores
- Guides for improving accessibility
- Course Accessibility Report
- Alternative Formats
- Benefits for students and instructors
- Students have access to alternate formats.
- Instructors see scores, guidance, course reports, and alternative formats to guide accessibility improvements.
Course Accessibility Report
- Meets students’ diverse learning and access needs.
- Requires no additional effort from the instructor.
- Availability depends on source document type.
- Instructor can remove access to alternative formats if necessary.
Ally Usage in Spring 2022
- Top 10 Accessibility Best Practices
- Accessible Word Documents
- Accessible PowerPoint Presentations
- Captioning Overview
- Blackboard Accessibility
- Word Press Accessibility Basics
- Accessible HTML Documents
- Adobe Acrobat Accessibility
Training offerings can be combined and customized to meet the needs of a group or department.