Delivering remote lectures and webinars can feel complicated and confusing in relation to how to support your students with disabilities and medical conditions. In this section you can find some suggestions for how you might improve the inclusiveness and accessibility of your remote lectures.
National Association of Disability Practitioners Guide on Inclusive Webinars can be found at the bottom of the page.
Key points for accessibility :
Specific Learning Difficulties
For students with dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, ADHD, Tourettes and Autism) there can be too many inputs with video, audio, slides, whiteboard, chat, Q&A etc. etc.
Deaf/Hearing Impaired users.
Many of the platforms used for webinars have some form of automatic captioning available and these can be used with care.
Zoom has recently partnered with Otter.ai for automatic captions in their Pro version but, varied experiences are being reported. The accuracy of the captions can depend on available bandwidth and user-accents, but the main problems appear to be connected with the user’s surroundings. Some people are using small rooms with good acoustics whilst others are using large rooms with external noise and echoes.
Blind/Visually Impaired users
Zoom Accessibility features:
Closed Captioning: Capture what has been said with closed captioning.
Automatic Transcripts: Transcripts are automatically generated and synchronized to make it easy to search and review meetings recordings.
Screen Reader Support : Use Zoom without a screen. Zoom is fully accessible to most screen readers.
Keyboard Accessibility: Use keyboard short cuts to navigate key Zoom features
Zoom Accessibility Guide can be found here: https://zoom.us/accessibility
General Zoom Presentation Etiquette