Making Your Blackboard Course Accessible to Students with Disabilities


Mission and Policy

Rhode Island College is one of the region's leading comprehensive public colleges. Our mission is to offer accessible higher education of the finest quality to traditional and non-traditional students from around the state, the region, and beyond. Rhode Island College is committed to providing accommodations for students with disabilities and supporting them in an accessible academic environment. As required by state and federal law, it is the policy of Rhode Island College that "no otherwise qualified person with a disability…shall, solely by reason of …disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity."


The term 'disability' means, with respect to an individual -

  • a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of such individual;
  • a record of such an impairment; or
  • being regarded as having such an impairment.


  • Major Life Activities include, but are not limited to, caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working. A Major Life Activity also includes the operation of a major bodily function, including but not limited to, functions of the immune system, normal cell growth, digestive, bowel, bladder, neurological, brain, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, and reproductive functions. (ADA AMENDMENTS ACT OF 2008, 2008)

Accessibility Strategies for Immediate Use

Accommodation Strategies

For the Future...

The College is working on developing long-range strategies for ensuring ADA compliance and Universal Design. Watch this space for further details!

Getting Technical Help & Advice

Works Cited

ADA AMENDMENTS ACT OF 2008. (2008, September 25). Retrieved January 15, 2013, from U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission:

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