Accessibility of software tools and course materials

In any mode of instruction, it's important to keep in mind the accessibility of software tools and course materials for students with disabilities. The following are suggestions to keep in mind:

Understanding general accommodations for students with disabilities

The Student Disability Center (SDC) is available to assist you in a range of assessment environments.

  • If you have questions about how to manage an accommodation, please contact the SDC Specialist listed on the student’s Letter of Accommodation or send questions to
  • Resources for you: Visit the Faculty Tab for general information about accommodations. If you have received notification that a student has been approved for services, check the Faculty Portal to review their accommodations. If a TA will be delivering services, ensure that they are aware of the student’s accommodations. 
  • Canvas: If providing an exam through Canvas, you may adjust testing times for exam accommodations. Follow this link for detailed instructions.
  • Zoom: Ensure that the proctor is fully aware of all accommodations such as breaks, standing, speaking aloud, etc.
  • SDC Faculty Forum video and PowerPoint: On March 26, 2020, the Student Disability Center (SDC) hosted a faculty forum where we shared general information, answered questions, and connected you with SDC resources ready to assist you in remote learning environments. Click this link for the video and access slides from the Faculty Forum below.

Online Exam Accommodations

Need a proctoring service for online exams? Extended times are not the only accommodations students request for online exams. Here is a list of proctoring services available at UC Davis with recommendations on how to ensure your exams are accessible and inclusive to all.

  • ZoomZoom is used by some faculty as a proctoring service for exams. To ensure privacy of student accommodations, the Student Disability Center can assist with additional Zoom rooms and proctors. Please reach out to or join the Monday - Friday 12-1 Zoom session for Faculty.
  • CanvasAccommodations can be setup within Canvas, per student. Instructors can set dates and times to restrict when students can take an exam. You can only set extended times for student accommodations within Canvas (here are the Steps for setting extended times within Canvas). When setting extended times for students within Canvas, please ensure that you take the extended time into consideration when setting exam schedules. Extending the exam schedule to include extended accommodation timelines will prevent the exam from shutting down early. This is the second bullet point on the linked page above. Please reach out with any questions to or join the Monday - Friday 12-1 Zoom session for Faculty.
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser. The Respondus Lockdown Browser is a tool that restricts the functions of what the student can do on their computer during an exam. It does not require the use of a webcam and is available for use to secure Canvas exams on PC, Mac, and iPads. This tool does not work with personally-owned Chromebooks. Please note that accommodations, such as extended times, would still need to be entered into Canvas.
  • Respondus MonitorThe Respondus Monitor is an add on to Respondus Lockdown and includes video monitoring features requiring that the student have a webcam. This tool does not interfere with assistive technologies, but not all students have cameras available. Use of Respondus Monitor may result in false positives as it is an automated service flagging video for instructors to review.
    • Mac Accessibility Requirements for RespondusVersion of the Respondus Lockdown Browser is accessible to the Mac VoiceOver screen reader.
    • Windows Accessibility Requirements for Respondus. Version of the Respondus Lockdown Browser is accessible to Windows screen readers such as: NVDA, JAWS, MS-Windows Narrator, ReadSpeaker webReader, and Windows-Eyes. It is not accessible to ClaroRead, but NVDA could be used as an alternative. ZoomText can resize fonts, but the reader is not functioning. NVDA could be used as an alternative readerDragon can be used within Respondus by disabling the Dragon pad.
  • Additional questions or concerns? Drop-in Zoom support for faculty is available Monday through Friday, from 12-1 p.m. Staff is ready to assist with questions related to accommodations, accessibility, proctors, and exams (Zoom Faculty Drop-in Support).