Web Accessibility

Skidmore is proud to employ a Coordinator for Students with Disabilities who works as a member of the Student Academic Services (SAS) team to ensure eligible students are provided accommodations necessary to obtain full access to all Skidmore programs and activities. For information about these programs, you should consult with Student Academic Services.

What exactly is web accessibility? One way to think about web accessibility is as a way to allow everyone, including but not limited to those with a disability, access to web content. There are many types of disabilities that might make certain content more difficult to consume, and not everyone with a disability is comfortable disclosing that information to the college. As such, it is in our best interest to consider how accessible the content we create on the college website, in Blackboard, and elsewhere, is to those who will be attempting to access it. To that aim, this page covers the resources available for those wanting to ensure the content they place on the Web is fully accessible.



Blackboard 9.1 Accessibility Statement
Blackboard was recently awarded a Nonvisual Accessibility Gold Certification from The National Federation of the Blind (NFB).

Blackboard Ally is a plugin that helps instructors make their digital content more accessible to students. This tool makes it easier for instructors to understand potential accessibility issues with uploaded documents and images, as well as provide solutions to make them more accessible. It also generates alternative formats for students.

In many cases, improving the accessibility of course content benefits all students, including those without a disability. Accessibility is often closely connected to the quality and usability of the course materials.

For more information about Ally, see the links below. We will be offering informational and training sessions soon.
Quick Start for Instructors – https://help.blackboard.com/Ally/Ally_for_LMS/Instructor/Quick_Start
Accessibility Scores – https://help.blackboard.com/Ally/Ally_for_LMS/Instructor/Accessiblity_Scores
View File Accessibility – https://help.blackboard.com/Ally/Ally_for_LMS/Instructor/View_File_Accessibility
Improve File Accessibility – https://help.blackboard.com/Ally/Ally_for_LMS/Instructor/Improve_File_Accessibility
(For students) Accessing Alternative Formats – https://help.blackboard.com/Ally/Ally_for_LMS/Student/Alternative_Formats


WordPress and Accessibility

WordPress is the supported web publishing platform at Skidmore. Although WordPress provides tools to make a blog or site accessible, not all WordPress themes follow the recommended accessibility standards. Here you can find information on making your blog accessible and for testing accessibility.


iClicker provides options to address a variety of student needs. Refer to this Voluntary Product Evaluation Template (VPAT) from iClicker for more detailed information on their efforts to meet the needs of all students.


RefWorks and Accessibility

RefWorks provides a screen-reader compliant interface for Windows users and works with JAWS or MS Narrator. For additional information go to the Help section within RefWorks and search for Accessibility.

Articles and Policies of Interest

The Section 508 Refresh and What It Means for Higher Education – Find out the implications of the most recently updated requirements for information and communication technology (ICT), which went into effect January 18, 2018. (EDUCAUSE Review, Martin LaGrow, 2017)

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)

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