Introducing Getting Started With Zoom Meetings: A Guide for JAWS, NVDA, and iPhone VoiceOver Users

By Dina Rosenbaum, M.Ed., Chief Program Officer, Carroll Center for the Blind


With so many of us now learning, working and connecting through remote methods, the Zoom video conferencing application has quickly become a household name. Nearly overnight, the Zoom meeting platform has become an indispensable tool for professionals, educators, and simply for staying in touch with family and friends. Whether you want to use Zoom professionally or personally, knowing how to use the platform’s wide variety of functions has never been so important.


Getting Started With Zoom Meetings: A Guide for JAWS, NVDA, and iPhone VoiceOver Users by Heather Thomas, Accessibility Services Associate at The Carroll Center for the Blind, is the first-ever comprehensive step-by-step text-based guide to Zoom for screen reader users. For your convenience, this guide is available in PDF and Word formats. Topics covered include:

  • Initial setup on the PC and iPhone

  • The basics of participating in meetings

  • Scheduling meetings and inviting participants

  • Strategies for hosting meetings and managing participants

  • Other useful features like sharing your screen, chatting, and making recordings.

  • A list of important keyboard shortcuts is also included

Getting Started With Zoom Meetings: A Guide for JAWS, NVDA, and iPhone VoiceOver Users will serve as a valuable reference for blind and visually impaired people wishing to participate in and host Zoom meetings in the workplace, at school, in blindness organizations, and in their local communities.


If you want to take your Zoom training to the next level, The Carroll Center for the Blind is offering remote Zoom instruction. Our team of expert vision professionals are also virtually teaching activities of daily living, computer use and assistive technology, braille, low vision devices, employment readiness, health management, and much more. To view a full list of remote training options, click here or contact our Director of Admissions.