accessibility resources

Accessibility & ReadSpeaker

Accessibility & ReadSpeaker

In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and The ADA 1990, the University is required to provide equal access and equal opportunities for individuals with documented disabilities. Faculty and students have several online and on-campus resources available:

Accessibility in Blackboard

Blackboard is fully committed to delivering product experiences that conform to the highest levels of global accessibility standards. We know that a mature digital accessibility program must establish a sustainable organizational culture around accessibility. Bb Accessibility Documentation

Using JAWS with Blackboard

Read Speaker & TextAid

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ReadSpeaker enables users to listen to any text content or online document, providing a fully enhanced learning experience. ReadSpeaker is fully integrated with Blackboard. Features of ReadSpeaker Include:

  • Document Reading: Listen to any online document.
  • Web Reading: Copy text from anywhere on the web and paste it in the Text/Aid window to listen.
  • Text Selection: Select any part of the text and listen to only that section.
  • Text Highlighting: Have the text highlighted as it is being read and choose the colors used for highlighting.
  • Text Settings: Customize the text display and formatting for more comfortable reading. Choose the text color, size, and typeface.
  • Screen-masking: Focus on a part of the screen for easier reading.

TextAid is a powerful tool that is used to listen to any text, on any device.  Watch a video demonstration of TextAid. Features include the following:

  • Translate the text into several languages
  • Set accessibility features, such as text appearance (size/font), highlight color, page masking, page ruler
  • Use a talking calculator
  • Listen to your own written documents
  • Upload documents to the "My Library" and listen to them read out loud, look up definitions, highlight and annotate
  • Convert an image to text and convert to text or PDF
  • Use the TextAid WebReader to bookmark and then read pages you've bookmarked

To activate TextAid, log into Bb and access any course.  Click the Tools/Communication menu area > TextAid.  After you accept the terms of use, you'll be able to use TextAid...just return to the Tools/Communication area of a Bb course to launch the TextAid tool.

Instructions for using ReadSpeaker  || Instructions for using TextAid  || Instructors - learn about TexAid || TextAid & ReadSpeaker Help Center

TextAid How-To Videos
WebReader How-To Videos
TextAid Features Videos
Blackboard Videos
ReadSpeaker DocReader How-To Videos

Create Accessible Documents & Multimedia

These video tutorials and resources are available to help you to easily create accessible course materials. To view you must log in with your Morgan credentials:

Transcription and Captioning: Videos should include captions or a link to a transcript of the video content. It’s a best practice to work from a script or detailed outline when creating video content for your students. This makes it easy to convert to a caption file or add a complete transcript that’s available for your students to download when reviewing your videos. This is useful with:

Panopto | Bb Collaborate | PowerPoint | YouTube and Vimeo streaming video

  • Atomic Learning: video and tutorials contain captions and embedded PDFs are accessible to screen readers, ReadSpeaker, and built-in browser tools. These are ideal accessible resources for inclusion in any Bb course
  • NBC Learn: This service offers over 19,000 video resources with color-enhanced captions and transcripts that can be downloaded and reviewed at the reader’s own pace. From archival video from the pre-television era to today’s current events.
  • Panopto Video || Camtasia Videos:  Both of these products have a voice to text feature that will convert the narrator's voice into captions.  You must edit the captions for accuracy.

Find Accessible Educational Resources

Campus Accessibility Resources

The MSU Office of Student Disability Support Services provides both digital and physical resources for students, as well as education for employees.

Accessibility Statements

  1. Adobe Reader
  2. Blackboard
  3. Blackboard Collaborate
  4. Google
  5. NBC Learn Videos
  6. Panopto
  7. YouTube
  8. Microsoft Office
  9. ReadSpeaker
  10. Smarthinking (Pearson)