Canvas - Accessibility

Last Updated: 10/19/2017

Accessibility Topics

Information for Assistive Technology Users
Information for Instructors
Information for Instructors using Assistive Technology
Service Road Map & Accessibility Documentation
Get Help or Provide Feedback
Additional Resources

What is Accessibility?

‘Accessible’ means a person with a disability is afforded the opportunity to acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same services as a person without a disability in an equally effective and equally inclusive manner, with substantially equivalent ease of use.

Information for Assistive Technology Users

Canvas has not yet been evaluated by CU Boulder’s Accessibility and Usability Lab, and this page will be updated with specific known issues and workarounds as they become known. It has been through preliminary testing, however, and issues surfaced from that testing are listed below. If you encounter issues in using Canvas, please report them to the IT Service Center at help@colorado.edu or 303-735-4357 (5-HELP from an on-campus phone).

Screen Reader / Keyboard-Only Users

The Canvas website provides tips for screen reader and keyboard-only users.

Canvas supports the following screen reader and browser combinations:

  • Macintosh: VoiceOver (latest version for Safari)
  • PC: JAWS (latest version for Internet Explorer 11; they currently do not support the Edge browser for accessibility)
  • PC: NVDA (latest version for Firefox)
  • There is no screen reader support for Canvas in Chrome

Document Viewer

The document viewer has not yet been evaluated for accessibility.

Calendar

Screen reader users are recommended to use the Agenda calendar view.

Assignments

After submitting an assignment, screen reader users may not receive a notification alert indicating the status of their submission. 
Workaround: The notification is located in the complementary region on the assignment submission page.

Low Vision Users

Users can enable high contrast mode under Account > Settings > Feature Options.

Information for Instructors

Canvas has General Accessibility Design Guidelines for making your course content accessible. Additional resources developed by the Accessibility Initiative at CU Boulder are provided below.

Accessible HTML Content

For specific guidelines on accessible content authoring in Canvas, please visit the Canvas Rich Content Editor Accessibility Checklist[tutorial/page link].

Course Documents

Consult the Accessible Technology Resources page for details on how to create accessible Word documents, PowerPoints, Google Docs, and more.

Assessments with Time Limits

You can set different availability dates and times for specific users for assignments and quizzes. To do so, review the Providing Extra Time Accommodations in Canvas[tutorial link] guide.

Information for Instructors using Assistive Technology

Consult the Accessibility Within Canvas guide for keyboard shortcuts and advice on specific tools within Canvas.

Service Road Map & Accessibility Documentation

Canvas has not yet been fully evaluated through accessibility testing at CU Boulder; once that occurs, OIT will work to have Canvas remediate any issues found. In the meantime, OIT is in communication with Canvas around their accessibility processes and efforts.

Canvas Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) and WCAG 2.0 Checklist

Get Help or Provide Feedback

OIT has partnered with Disability Services to provide assistance for accessibility issues related to OIT supported services. If you need assistance, please contact the IT Service Center at: help@colorado.edu or at 303-735-4357 (5-HELP from an on-campus phone).

We want to hear from you about this service. If you’re having problems using this service or you have more information about the accessibility of this service that we should share with others on this webpage, please let us know by contacting the IT Service Center at help@colorado.edu or at 303-735-4357 (5-HELP from an on-campus phone).

Additional Resources