We share these materials as part of our presentation Accessibility Allies at the University of Southampton. The content may contain errors or omissions. We share this on a best-efforts basis.
PowerPoint presentation: Accessibility Allies at the University of Southampton. [162MB, PDF]
What is Blackboard Ally?
Watch these videos for an overview of Blackboard Ally from both the student and staff perspective:
- Blackboard Ally – Alternative formats [2 minutes / YouTube]
- Using the Accessibility Indicators [2.5 minutes / YouTube]
- Using the Accessibility Summary [2.75 minutes / YouTube]
Artefacts and assets
Advertising and interviewing
- Job advert.
- Job specification.
- Interview questions.
- Example document with accessibility issues. We asked applicants to identify how they would remediate the document.
- Eleven-week plan. This was our original plan which we deviated from quite quickly.
- “How to Ally” document. The guide we created for our interns to understand the process, the issues that Ally identifies, and how to remediate these issues.
- We used a course based on the Accessibility and Me materials from AbilityNet.
- Microsoft Accessibility fundamentals.
- Creating accessible documents in Word and Adobe Acrobat (LinkedIn Learning).
- Giving a damn about accessibility.
- The Bootcamper’s Guide to Web Accessibility.
Debriefing module leads
Other links and assets
- The Teaching and Scholarship Podcast: “Blackboard Ally – How to provide accessible content – a discussion with Digital Learning Interns, Charlotte and Emily”
- Blog posts
- Instagram Takeover Resources
An institutional approach
Remediation of module content is only one aspect of digital accessibility within a University. An institution-wide approach means that we consider digital accessibility in everything a University does, from IT services, through procurement, communications, teaching and so on. It requires policies and processes so that accessibility is not an “add-on” or “extra” but just part of what we do.
What would an IT accessibility policy look like?
Together with UCISA we are running a session about implementing accessibility within the policies and processes of a University IT department. Find out more about this event on the UCISA website.