Accessibility Support

This service is available for faculty, staff, students, student clubs, and visitors

Assistive technologies can help make resources more available to individuals on campus.  

​ITS supports accessibility by following ADA guidelines and providing appropriate technologies to individuals through the Office of Disability Resources. Using accessible practices benefits everyone in your course, not just those who experience disabilities. 

Creating accessible classrooms is all a part of St. Thomas's core value, "All for the Common Good." The following resources can help you make your materials accessible:

For individual accommodations, please contact the Office of Disability Resources.

Our consultations and accessibility support includes topics such as: courses, websites, video and streaming content, physical spaces (classrooms, meetings, etc.), documentation, training/advocacy, Zoom video closed captioning, best practices, and more. 

Need your video content to be captioned?

Captioning video and multimedia is essential to meet ADA/Section508 requirements and is beneficial for all learners. Including captioning with video or audio course materials creates an inclusive, equal learning environment for learners with disabilities, and proactively addresses a diverse range of abilities and learning needs including students for whom English is a second language whose reading skills are often better than their spoken English skills, students with learning disabilities (some students with learning disabilities comprehend material better when they both see text and hear it spoken aloud) and students watching/listening in a noisy environment.

Use the request service form to get started. 

Ally by Blackboard

Your class is full of diverse students with unique learning abilities. Providing them with more accessible original content means they can choose formats that work best for them: HTML for improved reading on mobile phones, Electronic Braille for the visually impaired, and Audio for learning on the go.

Ally automatically scans your original content, and performs a series of steps to make them more accessible.

Ally offers two features described below- Alternative Formats and Course Content Accessibility Checker. The Alternative Formats features is automatically enabled and you can choose to have the Course Content Accessibility Checker enabled as part of a Spring pilot program.

See Related Articles to the right for more information about Ally by Blackboard.

Getting Started

Faculty interested in developing accessible course content are encouraged to contact Faculty Development to discuss their individual needs.

ITS and STELAR also serve as consulting resources for departments. Use the request service form to get started.

Request Service

Our request service form will allow you to:

  • Request video captioning
  • Request a consulatation
  • Troubleshoot or report a problem
Click to Request Service


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