Adobe Connect provides a number of accessibility features for individuals who have hearing, visual, or mobility impairments. However, the nature of a real-time Web conference provides some challenges for individuals with disabilities:
Individuals with hearing impairments may not be able to access spoken presentation content.
Individuals with visual impairments may not be able to see visual content, especially images.
Individuals who use keyboard shortcuts to navigate may not be able to access all content being presented with the Adobe Connect application.
To provide individuals with disabilities the best possible access to content, and to be compliant with the State of Texas accessibility requirements, ITS recommends that presenters take the following steps:
For all users, provide accessible digital copies of the notes, agenda, PowerPoint presentation, and other materials in advance of the Web conference, as well as the list of attendees.
For individuals with hearing impairments, provide captioning for spoken content.
For individuals with visual impairments, provide auditory or textual descriptions of images, graphs, charts, or other non-textual content.
The university provides accommodations for students with disabilities at the Services for Students with Disabilities office. Their services include providing a lab with assistive technology as well as providing accommodations and services. They may also be able to assist meeting presenters with developing accessible material.
The Equal Opportunity Services office at the university also provides accommodations for faculty and staff members with disabilities. The office can assist meeting presenters with providing alternative accommodations if needed.
In addition, Adobe provides the following information to help meeting presenters create accessible Web conferences:
Improving Accessibility for Disabled Users in Connect Pro Meetings. This page provides information about:
The following keyboard shortcuts are available from the meeting room. They can also be viewed by opening the Help menu, then choosing Keyboard Shortcuts.
CTRL + M = Toggle Microphone on (locked) or off.
CTRL + UP ARROW = Toggle Raise Hand Status.
CTRL + . = Toggle Full Screen Mode. Applies to currently selected Share Pod.
CTRL + ' = Promote to Host. Requires selected attendee(s) in the Attendee List.
CTRL + ] = Demote to Participant. Requires selected attendee(s) in the Attendee List.
CTRL + / = Promote to Presenter. Requires selected attendee(s) in the Attendee List.
CTRL + , = Start/Stop Recording (toggle). For Start, brings up the Start Recording Dialog.
CTRL + = End Meeting. Brings up the End Meeting Dialog.
CTRL + [ = Start/Stop Desktop Sharing. Applies to currently selected Share Pod.
CTRL + SPACE = Opens up left most menu for keyboard navigation
Last updated November 16, 2012 @ 4:28 pm