Accessibility Features of Campus Platforms
Features enabling accessibility are implemented in different ways in each of our campus-supported online learning technologies. This resource provides a high level overview of the ways in which accessibility is supported by various features of these platforms.
Compliance: WCAG 2.1 (Web Content Accessibility Checklist)
For more on D2L Brightspace accessibility standards and features, please see
- Accessibility Standards | D2L
- D2L Accessibility Lab
- D2L Template for Accessibility
- D2L Brightspace Accessibility Checker
- New Accessibility Checker in Brightspace HTML Editor – YouTube
D2L Use with Assistive Technologies:
Compliance: FERPA; Section 508 Standards
- Auto and human captioning
- Supports multiple caption files in different languages
- Copyright and Accessibility Review
- Accessibility features in Media Player: movable caption bar, keyboard shortcuts
- Downloadable notes, resources and transcripts
- Audio Descriptions for the visually impaired
For more on YuJa accessibility features, please see
Compliance: WCAG 2.1 AA Standards, Revised Section 508 Standards, EN 301 549 Accessibility requirements
- Auto-generated, manual and third-party captions
- Live transcription
- Translation from and into multiple languages
- Ability to pin interpreter
- Keyboard shortcuts for easy navigation
- Multiple video view options
- Screen reader support
- Dark mode
- Chat display size
- Manually create breakout rooms (enabling participants to choose a room to join)
- Meeting recording locally and in cloud
For more on accessibility in Zoom:
Compliance: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 Level AA; Section 508 standards (US).
- Screen Reader Support: Students using assistive technology will be provided with appropriate labelling, as well as skip links, landmarks and headings.
- Magnification Tools: Students with impaired vision can use assistive technologies, such as ZoomText, to navigate through Top Hat and increase readability up to 200 percent.
- Keyboard Navigation: Interactive components such as questions and discussions can be operated entirely using a keyboard by students with mobility impairments.
- Schedule flexibility. Can schedule readings, assignments and tests for specific learners at various times and for different durations
- Can print assessments so students can complete them manually if they are unable to participate within the platform.
- Interactive Textbooks and Assignments: enables adding alternative text for images and headers for easier navigation.
- Various question types accessible to students using assistive technologies.
- Anonymous responses. Questions and discussions can be anonymized to encourage students to participate even when addressing sensitive topics.
- Text-in responses. Students that do not have a device or have a bad connection can text their responses to in-class questions.
- Note! Slides presented in Top Hat and Math questions written in LaTex are not accessible to students using screen readers.
For more on accessibility in Top Hat:
MS Office 365
- Learning Tools in Word for Office 365
- Accessibility Features | Microsoft Accessibility
- MS Office tools like Word and Powerpoint have an Accessibility Checker: Make your content accessible to everyone with the Accessibility Checker – Microsoft Support; Improve accessibility with the Accessibility Checker – Microsoft Support
For more on creating accessible documents:
For more information on accessibility: