Qualified individuals with disabilities must be afforded the opportunity to acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same benefits and services within the same timeframe as a person without a disability, with substantially equivalent ease of use.
Under current law and policy, there is a difference between publicly available materials and those accessible in a non-public format (e.g., your class via login).
Academic Affairs and Instructional Technology are pleased to share with you that Blackboard’s accessibility tool, Ally, is being implemented in all courses starting in Summer 2018.
Ally is a tool within Blackboard that reviews uploaded files for accessibility and provides guidance on improving them. You will see the indicators next to scanned documents.
Currently, Ally scans:
Ally will increase the community’s awareness of accessibility practices and improve student access to electronic materials within Blackboard. It will make meeting the requirements of an accommodation easier for faculty as it identifies potential issues and provides step by step instructions for addressing them. It will also help identify areas where the college can support faculty in increasing the accessibility of course materials.
Course materials that meet accessibility guidelines also provide a number of benefits to many students with clear navigation, search options, and additional ways to obtain information. They provide a set of good practices for document design and management.
The Center of Instruction and Technology has links to guides for faculty on:
Workshops on Ally will be offered in Spring 2019.
Register through the Center of Instruction & Technology.