Accessibility and Ally for Blackboard

Ally for Students in Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Ally works within your Original courses to provide accessible course content in a format that works best for you. Accessible files include readable text for screen readers, pictures with captions, and easy-to-navigate content. Learn more: Transcript: If your school uses Blackboard Ally, you can download alternative formats directly from your course in a format that works best for you.

Are you curious to know more about the ‘A’ icon next to the content in your Blackboard Courses? Ally for Blackboard is an accessibility tool integrated directly into your courses that provides alternative formats to documents to help you learn in the way that best suits your needs. Just click the Ally icon to access a list of available formats for the content.

What resources are available for students needing accommodations at UA Little Rock?

UA Little Rock Disability Resource Center provides information and support for students with disabilities. Visit their site to find more information about the services they provide to our campus community.

Alternative Formats

Below you’ll find a quick summary of the alternative formats available through Ally for Blackboard, and you can find more details on the Blackboard website.

Immersive Reader

Immersive Reader is an online alternative format that enhances the reading experience, increasing the readability of the content.


The audio alternative reads aloud the text in the original content. This also includes alternative descriptions for images, if they are provided.

Electronic braille

The electronic braille alternative creates a BRF file that can be read on a refreshable Braille display (RBD), other Braille reading devices, or within a Braille software.


The ePub alternative creates a digital publishing file that can be viewed on mobile devices. ePub files are reflowable, meaning content displayed automatically adapts to the device it is viewed on.

Semantic HTML

What is Semantic HTML? Tags and elements—such as blockquote, paragraph, and headings—are added to add meaning to a page. These tag and elements aid screen reader users with good content structure.


OCR stands for Optical Character Recognition. The OCR PDF alternatives are created when the original content is a PDF of an image. OCR technology analyses the content and converts the image into searchable text.

Tagged PDF

A Tagged PDF alternative uses tags and elements—such as blockquote, paragraph, and headings—to add meaning to a page. It aids screen reader users with good content structure.

BeeLine Reader

BeeLine Reader makes reading on screen easier and faster. Instead of using plain black text, BeeLine Reader displays text using a subtle color gradient that helps pull your eye through your readings.