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Accessibility at Blackboard


Blackboard is fully committed to delivering product experiences that conform to the highest levels of global accessibility standards. We know that a mature digital accessibility program must establish a sustainable organizational culture around accessibility.


Core Beliefs

Blackboard’s Accessibility program is built on the following core beliefs, which provide guidance for achieving program goals and objectives:

  • Fingers on a braille book.

    Accessibility is an imperative, not an afterthought.

    As we work to reimagine education on a global scale, we have a unique opportunity to positively impact the learning lives of people with disabilities. To do so we must deeply integrate accessibility thinking into all aspects of our organizational culture.

  • Person in a wheelchair.

    Understand, empathize, and act.

    Teachers and students’ fundamental goals remain the same, regardless of their physical or cognitive abilities. We must endeavor to fully understand the needs of people with disabilities. However, awareness is not enough. We must act.

  • Woman gesturing in sign language

    Deliver the promise.

    The edu-tech industry’s accessibility focus is rapidly increasing due to the tremendous promise technology offers to people with disabilities. We must focus on providing tools and services that deliver on this promise and inspire people of all abilities to learn.


Product Accessibility


Our products are designed and developed in accordance with the internationally recognized Web Content Accessibility (WCAG) Guidelines 2.0 Level AA as well as the Section 508 standards in the United States. A third party conducts regular audits of our software to ensure quality expectations are met and maintained.

Woman wearing glasses looking at a laptop

Accessibility Details: Blackboard Learn

An accessible learning management system that provides tools to help you organize online courses and training programs. Blackboard Learn promotes student collaboration and enhanced teaching tasks like grading and creating assignments. Institutions can choose the look and feel of the Original experience or adopt the new design of the Ultra experience.

Accessibility Details: Blackboard Collaborate

An accessible real-time video conferencing tool that lets you add files, share applications, and use a virtual whiteboard to interact. Collaborate with the Ultra experience opens right in your browser, so you don’t have to install any software to join a session. The Original version of Blackboard Collaborate requires a download to launch the application.