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Zoom: An accessible video/web conference service

Do your students have experience with video conferencing?

Video conferences and online meetings are mainstream ways to collaborate with colleagues.  There are numerous options, such as WebEx and Go To Meeting; however, these options require sighted assistance for people who use screen readers.  Zoom is an mainstream video conferencing app that is accessible.

Do you need to teach content remotely, including interacting with students, fielding questions, using on-screen handouts, etc.?  The Zoom video conferencing is compatible with standard screen readers such as VoiceOver on iOS and OSX, Talkback on Android devices, and JAWS and NVDA for Windows platforms.  For more information, go to  Zoom Accessibility.

Having the ability to video conference can impact employability.  Accessible Insights shares a blog about the need for professionals to be able to independently use a video conference platform and his experiences with Zoom, in the blog, At long last, an accessible screen sharing solution: Zoom.

Teacher Hint: Video conference is often integrated into online college classes and is a major part of most professional jobs. Have you exposed your students to video conferencing?

By Diane Brauner

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