UNI eLearning Suite

Accessibility at UNI

Accessibility of UNI eLearning Suite Tools

Product VPATs (Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates)

UNI Information Technology requires vendors for each of our products to provide a VPAT (Voluntary Product Accessibility Template). A VPAT is a document that explains how information and communication technology products such as software, hardware, electronic content, and support documentation meet the Revised 508 Standards for IT accessibility. Learn more at the Section508.gov website.

Visit our Accessibility of UNI eLearning Suite Tools webpage for brief details on accessibility features for each product in our suite and links to their VPATs.

Blackboard Ally

UNI licenses Blackboard Ally, a tool that functions within Blackboard Learn, our Learning Management System, to:

  • assist faculty with making their course materials more accessible
  • assist students by automatically generating alternative formats for course materials

​For more information about Bb Ally, please visit our Bb Ally Tools page. Contact the eLearning Suite support team with questions.


Accessible Electronic and Information Technology

At UNI, we are committed to providing equal and effective electronic and information technology access to all individuals. For more information, please visit our IT Accessibility site. The site includes details on closed captioning services; how to create accessible Word, PDF, and PowerPoint files; web accessibility; assistive technology support; and more.


Accessibility Services at UNI

The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) provides that no qualified individual with a disability be denied access to or participation in services, programs, and activities at the University of Northern Iowa. This act applies to virtually all aspects of campus activities, including employment, student programming, and services provided to the community at large. As part of the University's campus-wide ADA compliance program, an accessibility webpage has been developed to link you with the many ADA and disability-related resources on campus.

Student Accessibility Services

UNI Student Accessibility Services works collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff to create an accessible educational environment for students. It is the policy of UNI for students with disabilities to register with Student Accessibility Services to access their rights and to determine eligibility for accommodations. UNI complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act of 2008 (ADAAA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Fair Housing Act, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. 

Learn more on the Student Accessibility Services website.

To assist faculty, Student Accessibility Services provides a recommended syllabus statement.

Faculty and Staff Disability Services

UNI Faculty and Staff Disability Services is committed to insuring faculty, staff, prospective employees, and visitors with disabilities have the best possible experience while at the University of Northern Iowa. The University is committed to being in compliance with the spirit of the Americans with Disability Act of 1990 and the Americans with Disability Amendments Act of 2008.

To learn more about Faculty and Staff Disability Services, policy and additional related resources, please visit the
My Benefits | Disability Services website.