We often tell you about our product innovations, and uses, but we know what really hits home for a deeper understanding of our solutions is to demonstrate how our clients put Blackboard into action.  That’s why we’re so excited about our latest case study that features the success of the private college Center for Advanced Legal Studies, a school that focuses exclusively in paralegal education. The Center uses Blackboard Learn ™ to connect to more students in more places, boost student and faculty engagement, and increase access to educational offerings.  But one of the unexpected benefits of Blackboard that the Center enjoys is that of accessibility for people with disabilities. Did you know that Blackboard Learn 9.1…

  • was awarded the Nonvisual Accessibility Gold Certification by The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), stating the software was the most accessible education application that NFB had tested— making it the first and only learning management system to achieve certification.
  • features accessibility tools, such as navigation and form-control, to help students with disabilities compete in school and beyond.
  •  has functionality to fit varying student needs; for example, an accessible YouTube player in collaboration with users.

Take a look at this case study to learn how visually impaired student Justin Biery went from being a frustrated high school student to a flourishing paralegal thanks to the Center for Advanced Legal Studies’ use of Blackboard Learn, which synchronizes with enhanced imaging and audio features to make coursework more accessible to his visual impairment. Biery was able to use special tools to enlarge text and images posted by professors or other students. He could download audio files that allow him to listen to—rather than read—some of the assigned materials. For the first time since he was 14, Biery was able to learn without limits. This is just one of the many ways that Blackboard helps learning fit into students’ lives.

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