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Canvas Accessibility

The University of North Florida is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all. UNF's Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) policy (6.0240P) requires that we ensure that no individual with a disability is excluded, denied services, segregated, or otherwise treated differently than other individuals. The current standard for measuring accessibility is the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1, Level AA.


Instructional materials distributed to students must be accessible to those who require adaptive technologies. This is essential for people with disabilities and useful for all.


CIRT recognizes the importance of supporting instructors in this work and has developed resources and training specific to these needs. Please see a summary of the services we offer below, and visit the Best Practices page.

Accommodating Extra Time on Assessments in Canvas

If you have a SAS student that requires extra time on assessments, please review the following guide for Adding Extra Assessment Time in Canvas.

Course Checklist

To help assure your course content is accessible, refer to the Canvas Course Content Accessibility Checklist.

Canvas Native Content

Content created in Canvas can be made accessible utilizing the Rich Content Editor and Canvas Studio (formerly Arc). The default settings in Canvas already meet the minimum accessibility standards. As accessibility exists on a spectrum, there is always room to improve. For more information, refer to the Canvas Content and Training pages.

Captions and Transcripts for Media


  1. Upload the media to your Global Canvas Studio
  2. Click on the video and select the captions tab
  3. Select the language spoken and request the auto-generated captions
  4. Edit the captions for accuracy and then publish them to the video

View the step-by step instructions here: How do I add captions to media in Canvas Studio?

The video can now be embedded anywhere in Canvas, and the closed captions are part of the video. Closed captions can be turned on or off by the user.

CIRT Captioning

Complete the Caption/Transcription Request Form. Standard turnaround time for captions is two business days. You will receive an email when work is completed.

Zoom Live Transcription

Live transcription is available in Zoom Meetings and Zoom Webinars. Visit our Zoom live transcription page for detailed instructions on enabling and using this feature.


Document Accessibility

Electronic documents can pose a barrier to students. There are ways to create documents with accessibility in mind and tools available to improve every user's experience, like built-in accessibility checkers and Ally.

Accessibility Checker

Ally is an accessibility checker integrated into Canvas that automatically reviews electronic files. For more information on how to optimize use of this tool, view the Ally page.


CIRT can provide one-on-one consultations for Document Accessibility Reviews, Course Reviews, and individualized training. Schedule a meeting with Wendy Poag, the Coordinator of Accessibility Training, for in-depth information.


We offer training on accessibility in Canvas and on creating accessible documents. Register for sessions on CIRT’s Event page.


For further questions, please contact CIRT at or (904) 620-3927.