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Accessibility at D2L

The World Wide Web consortium released the latest version of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines WCAG 2.2 on October 5, 2023. On the same day, we published D2L’s Brightspace WCAG 2.2 Accessibility Conformance Report showing full conformance with the new criteria on the date of release.  This was possible because our dedicated teams worked zealously to align Brightspace with the new requirements while the draft recommendations evolved over the past 3 years. This report coexists with D2L’s WCAG 2.1 report linked at the end of the page.

We are committed to reporting on the accessibility of D2L Brightspace openly and transparently. We view accessibility as an opportunity to continually improve user experience in our solution. Our Accessibility Conformance Report is based on automated and manual accessibility testing, involving a community of assistive technology users through our accessibility partner, and consultations with our client-led Accessibility Interest Group.

At D2L, we have a mature accessibility program. Our product process is closely guided by the most up-to-date accessibility standards – currently WCAG 2.2. Our accessibility program is cross-functional, which means each team takes ownership for accessibility in their own work. Accessibility exceptions are raised as high priority software defects and are triaged like other high-level defects. We take this approach because, at D2L, accessibility is not merely a checklist; it is a commitment to empower and engage individuals in their learning goals.

We align our product process with accessibility criteria contained in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1. Reporting conformance means that we indicate whether we support or partially support each WCAG criterion (or indicate when a criterion is not applicable to our offering) and we state exceptions against the criteria that we support partially, indicating workarounds where available. We are committed to continually improving the accessibility of D2L’s Brightspace platform.

Our Accessibility Conformance Reports for Brightspace Core and Creator+ linked on this page are based on the VPAT® Version 2.4 INTL template published by the Information Technology Industry Council (ITIC). They cover:

  • conformance with WCAG 2.1 at Levels A, AA, and AAA,
  • compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, 1973 revised in 2017, and
  • compliance with the Harmonised European Standard EN 301 549 V3.2.1 (2021-03).

Brightspace Core Accessibility Conformance Report (International) covering WCAG 2.1, Section 508 and EN 301 549 as of March 31, 2023.

Brightspace Creator+ Accessibility Conformance Report (International) covering WCAG 2.1, Section 508 and EN 301 549 as of June 30, 2023.

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