Accessibility in Video Conferencing and Remote Meetings

BY BECKY MORRIS KNIGHT: For More Info, Go Here…

We have been researching and learning about accessibility in video conferencing/online meetings/remote music sessions.

Here are some of the things we have learned from our experience of delivering webinars and working remotely.

We welcome any additional info and will update this article as we learn more.

PACE

A group conversation can move rapidly. This can be inaccessible to some people. In video calls there can also be an overwhelming amount of information to process (audio, visual, chat text etc). Check in with your group as to their requirements.

Some suggestions to support accessible conversations would be:

AUDIO

A large meeting may be noisy and hard to follow. This will make it more inaccessible.

Suggestions for improvements:

VISUAL

Bringing together a group of people is a nice way to feel connected, or to offer training or learning remotely. However, it will be inaccessible if visual cues or slides are not explained verbally in some way.

Suggestions to make it more accessible:

No Online Access

Poor rural connections, expense and access barriers mean that online meetings are not possible for everyone. How can video-conferencing be made more accessible if that is the case?

Offer an option for people to join the call via phone. This is possible in a number of the platforms above. It will allow people to join in the conversation, but think through how you will try to offer as full participation as possible, without the visual element.

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