Video Conferencing for Screen Reader Users
Difficulties encountered in physical meetings are often amplified when meeting online. Fortunately, software-based meetings, such as Zoom video conferencing, can be made accessible for screen reader users.
However, there are practical measures that can help provide a more equitable and accessible work environment when online.
Tips for Accessible Online Meetings
Meetings are easier if an agenda and papers are distributed beforehand.
Zoom Meetings and JAWS
Instructions on how to join and navigate Zoom meetings using JAWS.
Zoom Meetings and NVDA
Instructions on how to join and navigate Zoom meetings using NVDA.
Use the decision making flowchart to make images accessible.
Using the Student Portal with JAWS
Blind Students' Guide to using the Student Portal.
Using Discovery with JAWS
Blind Students' Guide to using Discovery Search with JAWS.
Using TurnItIn with JAWS
Accessibility statement regarding TurnItIn.
Blind Students' Guide for Academics
If writing on a whiteboard, read out as much of what you are writing as feasible and practical.
Video Conferencing for Hearing Impaired Staff
Software-based meetings, such as Zoom video conferencing, are particularly difficult for staff members who have hearing impairments.