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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.

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Best screen reader experience

For the best Web Community Manager (WCM) experience with your screen reader use ChromeTM and Jaws on a Windows® system. On a Mac® use Safari® and VoiceOver.

Keyboard navigation

Industry standard keyboard interactions are used throughout Web Community Manager. Keyboard navigation patterns differ between browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Chrome), but the interactions within any particular browser are common and consistent.

If you are using a Mac with Firefox or Safari and are having difficulty navigating using your keyboard, review and update your operating system and browser settings. This ensures they are properly configured for keyboard navigation. To learn more, see the following information:

Accessibility in the WCM platform

The Web Community Manager platform approaches accessibility in the following ways:

  • Template-based pages and apps provide consistent interactions and user experience across pages
  • Allows clients to configure their templates while still remaining within the color contrast ratio
  • Provides full support for keyboard navigation
  • Text can be resized 200 percent without loss of content or functionality
  • Contains page titles with the name of the workspace within which the user is working

Blackboard Ally for Web Community Manager

Your school is full of diverse students with unique learning abilities. Providing them with more accessible original content means they can choose formats that work best for them: HTML for improved reading on mobile phones, Electronic Braille for the visually impaired, and Audio for learning on the go. Ally automatically scans your original content, and performs a series of steps to make them more accessible.

  • Provide an institution-wide course content accessibility report
  • Provide accessibility scores
  • Generate alternative formats for students to download

Don't have Blackboard Ally? Talk to your Blackboard representative.

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