Is LockDown Browser accessible to those with disabilities?
Posted by Respondus Support

The Mac version of LockDown Browser works with VoiceOver (the standard screen reader that comes with the Mac OS). LockDown Browser's functions and security remain the same when VoiceOver is used. 

Accessibility is enabled automatically for all users of LockDown Browser for Windows.  The Windows version of LockDown Browser allows a student to use some screen reader accessibility programs, such as NVDA, JAWS, MS-Windows Narrator, ReadSpeaker webReader, and Windows-Eyes. In our experience, NVDA works the best. It is free and available to download here:

Please keep in mind that not all readers are compatible with LockDown Browser. For example:

* Zoom Text is compatible in regards to increasing the text size, but the reader is not currently compatible.

* Most "literacy" programs have a number incompatibilities and potential exploits that cannot be addressed in LockDown Browser. These programs are standalone Windows programs which cannot be brought on top of an active LockDown Browser exam. Also, for use with a browser, these programs require a custom browser plug-in that is not compatible with LockDown Browser.

* For "speech to text" with Dragon Naturally Speaking, users have reported adjusting the settings to "not use the dictation box" in Dragon Naturally Speaking, will allow it to work with LockDown Browser.

It's important to remember that the security level of LockDown Browser is lowered when screen readers are used.