Zoom in Apple Mac for Blind/Low Vision Users

Zoom Meeting is an on-line platform to communicate over distances. Zoom allows anyone to join a meeting from their computer, mobile phone or home phone line.  

Getting an Invitation

Meetings are created by a host who will invite members to a meeting by sharing a link. This link can be sent via an email message, text message or posted at a website for open access.  

Once you receive an invitation you can open the link. You will have an option to join by computer, mobile app or by calling the number listed below and adding the meeting ID and any participant codes that were applied by the host. 

Voice Over Reader  

 When you open the link, VoiceOver will prompt you to open the Zoom Meeting. 

  •  You will then hear “launch meeting” followed with a prompt to use video. 

This is so that others in the meeting can see you through your web camera or laptop camera. You can join a meeting without video and use just audio. 

 Your Wi-Fi connection may affect the quality of the audio and video. If the quality of the audio is poor, turn off the computer audio and dial in by phone.  Dial in with the number provided in the invitation. Make sure you disconnect the computer audio in the meeting before calling in. This will prevent an echo effect.   

Voice Over Keyboard Commands

Join the meeting Use Command + J 

Mute or Unmute:  Use () +Shift+A 

Start/Stop Video: Use () +Shift+V 

Raise your hand: Use Option+Y 

End or Leave: Use  Command +W

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Kim Singleton

Kim is the Senior Director of TechOWL @ the Institute on Disabilities. In her previous life, Kim was a speech-language pathologist specializing in children and adults with complex communication needs, creatively enhancing lives with emerging technology. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, she received her Master's Degree in Speech Pathology from Miami University. She loves to sing and play.

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