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Assistive Technology

Assistive technology refers to any product, device, or equipment that is used to maintain, increase or improve the functional capabilities of persons with disabilities. These tools are designed and developed in accordance with the internationally recognized Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).


Blackboard Ally - Ally works seamlessly with Blackboard to check the accessibility of course content, provides instructors with guidance, and generates alternative formats for documents. 

Accessibility Checkers – The accessibility checking tools can identify many issues in documents that may conflict with accessibility guidelines. These tools provide guidance to fix the issues.

Help, consultation, training

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Intended Audience

  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Students

Using this solution


24/7/365 [*Standard outages]


University-funded: no charge.


Must be a student, staff, or faculty member of North Dakota State University

Getting Started

Chose the tool that fits your needs and follow the KB page for the tool platform.

Best Practices

Assistive technology increases a person’s opportunities for education, social interactions, and potential for meaningful employment. It also supports participation in learning experiences. 
Visit Disability Services Assistive Technology for more information on student support.

Learn More/How To's


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Use Cases

Assistive technology products help people with a wide variety of abilities navigate the digital world in non-traditional ways. People with visual, auditory, mobility and cognitive issues can use these tools to access digital content in ways that best fit their individual needs.

Universal Design/Accessibility

Universal Design for Learning and digital accessibility both seek to increase learning access and reduce barriers for students

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Keywords:service, assistive technology, accessibility, disability services, universal design, vision disorder, hearing disorder   Doc ID:114412
Owner:Sharley K.Group:IT Knowledge Base
Created:2021-10-20 15:08 CSTUpdated:2022-08-23 13:36 CST
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