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 Office of Institutional Equity 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. For more information please see Adobe's Accessibility features at help.adobe.com.
Shortcuts for attendee management
Shortcuts for navigating pods, menus, and windows
Shortcuts for audio and recordings
Shortcuts for Adobe Presenter content in the Share pod
Shortcuts for the whiteboard
Shortcuts for the Chat pod
Shortcuts for the Notes pod
Shortcuts for dialog boxes
Last updated August 22, 2014 @ 3:58 pm