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Desire2Learn, the software that powers Pilot, was the first learning management system to receive gold-level certification from the National Federation of the Blind. Although Pilot is accessible to students with disabilities, the content you put into it may not be.
Web accessibility refers to how easily people with disabilities can navigate and interact with websites. Disabilities may be physical (such as blindness, low vision, deafness, or fine motor skills difficulty), or cognitive (such as dyslexia or attention deficit disorder). People with disabilities often use assistive technologies to help them navigate the web. An assistive technology is any device that helps a person with a disability. Common web assistive technologies include modified mice and keyboards, screen readers and screen magnifiers.
Web accessibility occurs when websites support web accessibility standards, are compatible with assistive technologies, and are easy for people to navigate and understand.
Accessibility topics for learning
Many features in Pilot can be adjusted to improve access for individuals with disabilities. We recommend that individuals who use screen readers, screen magnifiers, or navigate primarily by keyboard, read the accessibility topics to help ensure that the features and settings they use best support their needs.
How do I use assistive technology in Pilot?
- Screen reader accessibility features
- Screen reader tips
- Keyboard-only navigation accessibility features
- Keyboard-only navigation tips
- Screen magnifiers, zooming, and color contrast accessibility features
- Screen magnifiers, zooming, and color contrast tips
- Getting additional support
Accessibility topics for course design
As a course designer you hold a pivotal role in ensuring that Pilot is accessible to all users, regardless of their learning needs. It is your content that students must access, assess, and respond to. We strongly encourage you to follow accessibility best practices to ensure you meet the learning needs of all your students.
How do I design an accessible course?
- Quick Guide to Making Online Content Accessible
- Organizing your course accessibly
- Setting release conditions and special access to support students with different needs
- Meeting web content accessibility standards
- Referring students to accessibility resources
- Accessible HTML templates
Accessibility Standards Compliance
- Desire2Learn Section 508 VPAT
- Desire2Learn WCAG 2.0 Checklist
- Desire2Learn’s accessibility statement and resources
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