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We are pleased to introduce a new tool to help promote inclusive design at Chemeketa. The  Ally Accessibility Tool is now a part of your course shell.

One of the features of the tool is the ability to generate alternative formats for many of your documents. This ability to choose a format not only makes it easier for individuals with disabilities to access with assistive technologies (such as a screen reader or brailler), it also provides support for you, allowing you to “read” materials in a way that best suits your learning preferences and needs. It can even translate the document into different languages.

What formats can it create?

Formats the program can generate include:

  • Tagged PDFs (about tagged pdfs)
  • HTML (web format)
  • ePub (for ebook readers)
  • Electronic Braille
  • Audio MP3s
  • Language Translations

Learn more about the Alternative Format Feature function in Ally

How does it work?

If you would like to try out any of these alternate formats, simply click the “Alternative Format” icon (Alternative Format Icon) next to the file you want to download.

Screenshot of Blackboard pull down icon with and alternative format option with identifying arrows.

The program will then popup a dialogue box with the different options for alternative file types. Select the file type you want to generate and click the download button.

Screenshot of alternative format option menu and download button with identifying arrows for 1) select file format and 2) click download.

Note: The file is generated when you click download so it may take some time depending on the complexity of the original file and the type of file that you want to create. Please be patient while it creates the new format.

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