Blackboard is invested in the usability and accessibility of all our products and services. In keeping with our strong tradition of leadership around accessibility, our products are generally designed and developed with internationally recognized Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), as well as Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, in mind. Blackboard strives to meet the globally recognized WCAG 2.1 Level AA success criteria and conducts regular third-party accessibility testing of its products to assess conformance with industry standards.
The Blackboard Mobile Communications App is natively designed, so it works with the accessibility features built into iOS and Android devices. These features help make mobile content available for people with physical, visual, and/or hearing impairments.
Apple iOS Accessibility Features
VoiceOver: A screen reader that allows users to navigate their phone with gestures and touch the screen to hear what they’re selecting.
Zoom: A magnifying tool used to enlarge any item on the screen from 100–1,500 percent.
Color filters: Display accommodations that allow the fine-tuning of colors, hues, and tints to support vision impairments and color blindness.
Switch Control: A navigation tool that enables actions through Bluetooth switch hardware for users with physical disabilities and limited motor skills.
AssistiveTouch: An on-screen menu for navigation and functionality instead of more complex actions such as pushing the Home button or tapping two places on the screen simultaneously.
Android Accessibility Features
TalkBack: A screen reader that uses both touch and spoken feedback to help with navigation, alerts, and notifications.
Visual settings: This group of settings allows for adjustments to be made to display and font sizes, colors and contrast, and magnification.
Switch Access: A switch used to control actions in place of using the touchscreen. Switch Access uses external switch devices, keyboards, and alternative buttons built into the device.