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Blackboard - For Students: Ally

Ally and Web Accessibility for Blackboard

Blackboard Ally is a revolutionary product that focuses on making digital course content more accessible. Using inclusivity, sustainability, and automation as its key pillars, Blackboard Ally helps you understand and tackle accessibility in a way that benefits all students.

Ally software is integrated within MMC’s Blackboard to provide students of all abilities with immediate access to content in formats that may be more suited to their specific needs.


What Does the Ally Software Do?

Have you ever accessed a file in your course that was difficult to read, or you wish came in a different format? With Ally, you will have the ability to access a variety of different versions of your instructor’s files.

Ally creates accessible versions of your course files. Accessible files include readable text for screen readers, pictures with captions, and easy-to-navigate content. Ally creates multiple alternatives from the original documents in your course. You can download accessible formats anywhere that files are used. Just choose the version that is best for your needs! 


Files in Blackboard courses can be found throughout the course content pages, and exactly where the files are located depends on where your instructor has uploaded them. Once you find the file you wish to download, locate the file’s dropdown menu and select Accessible versions.

Accessible Versions

Once you click on that drop down menu, you will be given the following options:

Download Accessible Versions

Contacting MMC's Assertive Technology Specialist

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Michael Johnson, the Assistive  Technology Specialist, the Office of Disability Services, or the Academic Access Program in Carson Hall 500.

Providing equality of opportunity to persons with disabilities, including equal access to College programs, services, and activities delivered through electronic or information technology (EIT) is mandated by federal non-discrimination requirements and supports our efforts to maintain a diverse and inclusive academic community.

Blackboard's Ally Help Page

Here’s a link to Blackboard’s Ally help page.