Digital Accessibility Resources

Case Western Reserve University (“CWRU” or “the university”) is committed to the equal access to information, programs, and activities for everyone. Accessibility—ensuring people of all abilities are provided with substantially similar functionality, experiences and information—is an institution-wide responsibility. The following collection of resources is intended to help academic content creators make their content more accessible. 

Lecture & Video Content

Synchronous Lectures via Zoom

There are multiple accessibility features available within Zoom, including auto-transcription and captioning. Please visit the following links for more information about using Zoom and the available accessibility features.

Echo360 Lecture Capture & Video Management

Echo360 is the lecture capture tool available for use at Case Western Reserve University. Videos published to a course within Echo360 are automatically transcribed, which enhances accessibility of lecture content for all students. Please visit the following links for more information about using Echo360.

General Lecture & Video Accessibility Information

Please note that according to the US Department of Justice, computer-generated captions are not accurate enough to provide equal access for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Defer to any stated preferences from the student who has been approved for a captioning accommodation, and/or contact Disability Resources with any questions regarding the kind of captioning required for your class/event.

Canvas Content

Canvas is the Learning Management System in use at CWRU. Canvas is very accessible and has a built-in accessibility checker for content added in the text editor. Here is an overview of Canvas Accessibility Standards.

Bb Ally For Canvas is a tool that checks the accessibility of documents added to Canvas courses (e.g. PDF files, Microsoft Word and PowerPoint files, uploaded HTML, and image files) and offers guidance to faculty on steps to improve any identified accessibility issues.

When creating content within Canvas, these are the Accessibility Top 5 Considerations to keep in mind:

  • Headings - Use heading styles to provide context and easier navigation within a document.
  • Readability -  Use a legible font and use bold for emphasis. Where possible use sans-serif fonts and avoid underlines and italics.
  • Descriptive Hyperlinks - Ensure that links make sense out of context: every link should make sense if read by itself.
  • Visual Elements - Add descriptive text to images so that it can be understood if the user is unable to see the  image.
  • Communicating with Color - Use multiple means to convey information, not just color. This helps users with vision impairments or color-blindedness to distinguish between information.

For more information and resources, please visit the Canvas course CWRU Introduction to Digital Accessibility.

Additional Digital Accessibility Resources

CWRU Digital Accessibility Resources

LinkedIn Learning Courses

The following courses are available to the Case Western Reserve University community. You must log in with your CWRU ID to gain access.

Accessibility Tools & Training

Websites & Social Media