[Athen] unable to enter WebEx meeting room using screen reader

George Kerscher kerscher at montana.com
Thu Oct 23 07:59:35 PDT 2014

Hello Higher Ed folks,

It would be wonderful if the Higher Ed community in the USA (or the world)
would come out vocally against webinar systems that are not accessible.
There are many systems out there, and I do not know of a cross platform
system that works.

If there is one, I sure would like to know about it; and then we all should
use it.


George Kerscher Ph.D.
-In our Information Age, access to information is a fundamental human right.
Secretary General, DAISY Consortium
Senior Officer, Accessible Technology Learning Ally Together It's Possible
President, International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF)
Member of the National Museum and Library Services Board (IMLS)
Chair Steering Council Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), a division of the
Phone: +1 406/549-4687
Cell:+1 406/544-2466
Email: kerscher at montana.com

From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On
Behalf Of Dimac, Marcie
Sent: Thursday, October 23, 2014 7:42 AM
To: ATHEN mailing list
Subject: Re: [Athen] unable to enter WebEx meeting room using screen reader

Can you have the presenter send over the slides so the student has access to
those? Will Webex launch (so student can listen) but is just not allowing
student to interface with program (i.e. Ask a question in chat or answer a
poll question?)

I did some quick research, seems that no script files have been written for
webex to make it compatible with JAWS (that I could find)

Just my two cents!

Marcie Dimač, M.A. Ed.

*Please note, my email has changed to mdimac at kent.edu

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From: <Brusnighan>, "Dean A." <dabrus at purdue.edu>
Reply-To: ATHEN mailing list <athen-list at u.washington.edu>
Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 9:30 AM
To: ATHEN mailing list <athen-list at u.washington.edu>
Subject: [Athen] unable to enter WebEx meeting room using screen reader


I'm looking for a fix or a workaround.

A student using JAWS is unable to enter a WebEx meeting room. He is using
JAWS 15 and tried both IE and Chrome. I replicated the problem using both
JAWS 15 and NVDA with Firefox.

Our WebEx admin is submitting a ticket. I feel I have a better chance of
getting a resolution from all of you. Thanks for any insights you can share!


Dean Brusnighan
Assistive Technology Specialist
Purdue University, Young Hall
155 S. Grant Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2108
Phone: 765-494-9082
dabrus at purdue.edu

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