Designing to standards

Our R&D philosophy focuses on developing a common platform and control set for use across our product suite. It ensures our development team designs to accessibility requirements that are researched and tested with accessibility experts and end users.

Learn how Brightspace helped Stephen F. Austin State University (SFASU) support students and faculty who are blind or have low vision.

Read the SFASU case study

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Transparent reporting

We ensure our designs are consistent with international accessibility standards. We openly report our compliance through our VPAT (Voluntary Product Accessibility Template) and WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Checklist) 2.0 AA checklists.

In an April 2016 accessibility report from Knowbility Inc., Brightspace was recognized as providing “exceptional accessibility, an interesting feature set, and effective ways to engage students, instructors and administrators”.

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Working with you

We’ve had an accessibility interest group for the past ten years. We regularly consult with this group, our clients and end users about accessible design. We encourage organizations to sign up for the D2L Accessibility Interest Group mailing list.

We received the Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award from the National Federation for the Blind (NFB) for setting an industry-leading example in adhering to accessibility standards. This award recognizes individuals and organizations who demonstrate exemplary leadership toward achieving societal equality for the blind. Other award winners include Ray Kurzweil and Apple.
 
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Jacob Bolotin Award

Accessibility Resources

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Video

Hear from D2L about the importance of making learning accessible, and how we are incorporating Universal Design for Learning.

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Blog Post

Tips on how teachers can make learning accessible for students with disabilities, online and in the classroom.

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Case Study

Read “Ensuring Digital Accessibility through Process and Policy”, in which D2L is featured for best practices of accessibility in corporations.

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Press Release

D2L partners with National Federation of the Blind to help make learning accessible to all.

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Success Story

The Rochester Institute of Technology’s student base created a unique need for accessible software.

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Webinar

Equal access to education: how Universal Design for Learning can improve learning outcomes.