The Division of Information Technology at UMBC offers several resources to faculty and students in support of accessibility.


Instructors can use Ally to gauge the accessibility of course content.

  • Receive feedback on the accessibility of your content
  • Improve content accessibility with Ally’s step-by-step instructions

In addition to providing faculty with insight to the accessibility of their course content, Ally automatically creates alternative versions of those files. This allows students to choose the type of file they want that best suits their needs. While faculty are in the process of improving files, students still access alternative copies.

Learn more about Ally.


UMBC supports transcription and closed captioning to assure equal access to the screencast resources faculty develop. DoIT will only provide captions/transcriptions for videos that are 15 minutes or shorter.

Submit your request here.

Please be aware that DoIT is unable to support transcription or closed captioning for materials that are not the intellectual property of the faculty requesting the service.

Assistive Technologies

AV Services offers a variety of assistive technologies including touch-enabled interactive displays, portable document cameras, and more.

Additional Accessibility Support

Microsoft Office provides a native accessibility checker in Word and PowerPoint. View these video & how-to tutorialsto learn more about reviewing accessibility tools and creating accessible documents.


If you have a documented disability and would like to request academic accommodations, please register with the Office of Student Disability Services through their website at or contact the office by phone at 410-455-2459, via email at, or in person in Math/Psychology Room 212. Once you are approved for accommodations, please make an appointment with your instructor to discuss implementation of your accommodations.

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