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Blackboard Affirms Dedication to Accessibility
Along with Partners, EdTech Company Continues to Showcase Strong Leadership in Critical Area

WASHINGTON, March 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Blackboard Inc., the world's leading education technology company, is participating this week in the 31st annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference in San Diego, Ca., the company announced today.

In partnership with Marlene Zentz and Aaron Page, accessibility specialists at the University of Montana, executives from Blackboard are leading discussions centered around accessibility. Topics will include creating accessible content while enhancing the learning experience, helping companies form strategies to include people with disabilities when doing user testing technology solutions, and building strong accessibility programs.

The company is also showcasing its industry-leading browser-based web conferencing solution Blackboard Collaborate™, which continues to serve as the market standard for accessible virtual collaboration. The company announced new improvements to the solution's accessibility at last year's EDUCAUSE conference.

"Building inclusive educational experiences is a major focus of our work at our institution," said Marlene Zentz, Accessibility Specialist at the University of Montana. "To do this, we need educational technologies that have been designed to be both accessible and usable from the ground up. Working with Blackboard's Moodlerooms and Collaborate teams has provided us with the opportunity to actively participate in the development of technological tools that go beyond compliance and that ultimately provide a better learning experience for everyone."

"We're excited to be joining Marlene, who continues to be a vital partner in Blackboard's accessibility efforts, to participate in these critical conversations," said JoAnna Hunt, Blackboard's accessibility manager. "Of course, it's just as important for us to be actively listening during these discussions. We continue to lean heavily on user feedback to ensure our solutions meet the very real and diverse needs of all of our customers."

For more information about Blackboard, please visit www.blackboard.com or follow @Blackboard on Twitter. 

About Blackboard Inc.
Blackboard is the world's leading education technology company. We challenge conventional thinking and advance new models of learning in order to reimagine education and make it more accessible, engaging and relevant to the modern-day learner and the institutions that serve them. In partnership with our customers and partners in higher education and K-12 as well as corporations and government agencies around the world, our mission is to help every learner achieve their full potential by inspiring a passion for lifelong learning. For more information about Blackboard, follow us on Twitter @Blackboard.

CONTACT:
D'Anthony White, Blackboard Inc.
202.303.9314 or
danthony.white@blackboard.com

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