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Conclusion

Reach Every Learner

One of the great promises of education technology is to reduce inequities in educational opportunity with innovative tools providing anytime, anywhere access to learning. When technology is not accessible however, we are not making good on that promise and even exacerbate the opportunity gap for students with disabilities.

The benefits are not limited to just those students with disabilities. Just as delivery people with carts and parents with strollers benefit from sidewalk curb cuts designed for wheelchair users to navigate cities independently, students without disabilities can benefit in their learning from accessibility features such as closed captioning, text to speech, and adjustable color contrasts.

Elevating accessibility to the front of each procurement and technology decision can take us from serving many to serving all.

D2L and Accessibility

D2L believes that technology should never limit learning opportunities which is why our Brightspace learning management system is born accessible. Basic features, such as built in content templates and an accessibility checker with automatic prompts for things like alternative text for images and color contrast warnings, help to ensure full access to content by every learner.

Conforming to the WCAG 2.0 Level AA guidelines, accessibility features within Brightspace have been reviewed by third-party organizations for verification, including Knowbility and the National Federation for the Blind (NFB). In 2016, Brightspace was selected as the first LMS and second overall partner by the NFB’s Strategic Nonvisual Access Partnership program.

Accessibility is at the heart of D2L as a company. Our online accessibility center is a central repository for all our accessibility documentation, including an extended VPAT and a WCAG 2.0 checklist.

This Guide is for informational purposes only.
Please consult legal and professional advisors for accessibility compliance.

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