Canvas from Home


With things changing and students transitioning to online classes from home, we want to ensure that they have the resources to learn and access content in Canvas.  The following offers alternative technologies users can utilize if they do not have access to the same technologies available through their institution. 

The following are free accessibility tools that users can download which have been thoroughly tested within Canvas by our Accessibility team.

NVDA is a great screen reader for Windows platform and is free to use.  We suggest pairing NVDA with Firefox when navigating Canvas. You can download them through the following links:

NVDA Download

Firefox Download

Below is a user guide that has many of the keyboard commands and features that you can access through NVDA.

If you’re a Mac user at home but use a Windows machine in class, you can use VoiceOver paired with Safari which is already available on your Mac computer, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.  There is no need to download or setup anything.  

Below is a getting started guide with the basic commands for VoiceOver.

We also have Android and iOS apps available that you can download through their respected app stores.  Both apps have been tested in Canvas with iOS VoiceOver and Android’s TalkBack.



For additional information on Accessibility within Canvas or our apps, please visit our community guides which have a lot of useful information: 

Accessibility within Canvas

Canvas Student App

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to our customer support department and we’re more than happy to further assist you.