Introduction to Accessibility
The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (University), is committed to a policy of ensuring that no otherwise qualified individual with a disability is excluded from participation in University programs or activities due to his or her disability. The University is fully committed to complying with all requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) and to providing equal educational opportunities to otherwise qualified students with disabilities.
Use the links in the Accessibility menu to learn how to create accessible course content. Below, you will find information about how some of the primary tools used for online course delivery meet accessibility guidelines.
Blackboard Learn is the current learning management system for the university and conforms to web content accessibility guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Priority AA. Additionally, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) awarded Blackboard gold level certification for non-visual access. Read about Blackboard’s commitment to accessibility.
Blackboard Collaborate is the web conferencing tool provided in the learning management system. Read about how Collaborate removes barriers to universal access. Topics are arranged by type of disability.
While the learning management system is considered to be accessible, faculty must take care to ensure that content placed in Blackboard conforms to accessibility standards and does not present barriers for students. Proper formatting of content must be used by the faculty or course builder since the learning management has no way to know, for example, that the faculty intended for certain text to be a heading or a list item unless it is properly coded. Also, faculty and instructors might choose to use third-party resources from publishers and other sources. Many of these sources will include an accessibility statement, but contact your instructional designer if you have questions about whether or not your selected resources might present a barrier to learners.
Please browse the items in the Accessibility menu in TIPS for specific information about creating accessible course content.