Abbreviated Zoom Accessibility Checklist

This abbreviated guide to accessibility in Zoom can help you prepare your online classes for the next semester. The original Zoom Accessibility Checklist is provided by U-M Academic Innovation and should be referenced for further details and how-tos on each point.

Before the Zoom Session


  • Include a statement about requesting accommodations in the event invitation.
  • Identify an accessibility contact to handle issues before and during the event.
  • Let all attendees know if you will be recording the session.
  • Inform all presenters of accessibility expectations and techniques.


  • Provide a sufficient lead time to address requests, such as alternative formats of materials.
  • Follow good accessibility practices for designing materials.
  • Provide attendees a text version and copies of all materials in advance.
  • Ensure captions are available for any videos that will be shown.


  • Test that video and audio quality is sufficient.
  • Communicate expectations to CART and sign language providers and send them session materials.
  • Activate and test Zoom Live Transcription if CART is not used.
  • Share lists of keyboard commands with attendees who request accommodations.
  • Be aware of accessibility capacities of other services if Zoom is not available.

During the Zoom Session



  • Verbally describe visual components such as images and graphs.
  • Take into account the learning needs and styles of multiple types of users.
  • Ensure everyone can participate during all discussion sessions.
  • Use Zoom annotation tools when appropriate and verbally describe your annotations.

After the Zoom Session

  • Consider adding Asynchronous Transcription to your Zoom recording.
  • Let attendees know how to report accessibility challenges they experience.
  • Reflect on what worked well for accessibility and share your findings.

Additional Resources Created by U-M Accessibility Groups

Zoom Accessibility Checklist (Glossary of Zoom-specific terminology included)

Resources for accessible meetings and events

Resources for using video conferencing tools

Resources for students and faculty with disabilities

Last Updated: 
Monday, February 1, 2021