For learners who have visual, auditory or motor impairments, participating fully in an online course can present challenges. Educational institutions are working to remove the barriers to accessibility through assistive technologies and course development.

Increasing pressure to comply with Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act and other state accessibility mandates is making it even more essential for both public and private institutions to implement educational tools that support the needs of students with disabilities.

In this recorded webinar, members of Blackboard’s team outline the design components and functionality a learning management system must have to ensure accessibility compliance, including navigation, testing, and content creation.


JoAnna Hunt is a Product Designer at Blackboard and has more than 10 years experience in education, software support, design and development.  In her role as lead designer for one of Blackboard Learn’s flagship products she is responsible for the interaction design and user experience and works closely with clients, stakeholders and developers to ensure a delightful experience for all users.

Liam Ferris is the Operations Manager for the North America Higher Ed Solutions Engineering team at Blackboard. He has been with Blackboard for two and a half years, and prior to that served as Accessibility Coordinator and Webmaster for the College of Liberal Arts at a major California State University.
Ensuring Your Online Curriculum Meets Accessibility Standards