Accessibility – Creating a path to success.

As you create materials for your Blackboard course shell, ensure that they are in line with the standards and guidelines of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. In New York, we are also bound by the accessibility guidelines pertaining to technology included within Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Conforming to these standards will benefit students with disabilities, and will help all of your students to access and use the content of either your face-to-face, blended or online course. When making course content accessible, it benefits all learners. We, as educators must create a path, so that all learners can succeed.

Quick Check Lists for:

Audio (Podcasts)/Video

  • Ensure the use of keyboard accessible controls or provide alternate text-based resources. For more information on keyboard accessibility visit the WebAIM’s keyboard information page.
  • Include synchronized closed-captions for video.
  • Provide full descriptive narratives for video with no audio track.
  • Include audio descriptions (also known as video descriptions or audio captioning). Provide narrative vocal description of important aspects of the video during breaks between dialogue.
  • Provide text transcripts for audio


  • Ensure that content is accessible with the keyboard or that there is an alternate resource that covers the same content ( Note: Flash-based is often not accessible.)

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