Accessibility Features in Blackboard Learn

University of Reading Blackboard VLE Accessibility Statement

For information on the accessibility features within Blackboard, please see https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Student/Accessibility/Accessibility_Features

This page includes specific information for users with a hearing impairment, visual impairment, mobility impairment, or learning disability.

Accessibility features on the login page

On the Blackboard login page you can choose to enable a high contrast setting i.e. to increase the contrast between the text and background on pages in Blackboard. This is particularly useful if you have a visual impairment, as it allows you to preserve any specific contrast settings you have defined in your operating system to provide a more comfortable experience when browsing the web.

image showing the accessibility tool buttons at the top of the login page

1. To enable high contrast settings

  • Click on the High Contrast icon top right.
  • A pop-up window will open. In the pop-up select “Yes, I will use Operating System style to overwrite Blackboard styles”.
  • Click Submit.

2. Change Text Size

Click on this icon to open a pop-up window in which you’ll find instructions on using the controls built in to your internet browser to increase or decrease text size.

Enabling accessibility features once logged on to Blackboard

You can enable high contrast settings from within Blackboard

  • Click on your name, top right of the screen (the ‘Global Navigation’ panel).
  • Click on Settings at the bottom of the menu.
    Expanded global navigation menu with settings button selected.
  • Click on High Contrast Setting.
    Global navigation menu Settings view and accessibility options selected
  • A pop-up window will open. In the pop-up select “Yes, I will use Operating System style to overwrite Blackboard styles.”
  • Click Submit

You can also access the instructions to Change Text Size from the Global Navigation panel: click on Settings, then Change Text Size.