Q: To what extent is ohyay presently accessible for people with disabilities?

A: We have been hard at work on accessibility, and have worked with many different organizations to help them design their ohyay sites in an accessible manner.

Given ohyay is a platform, much of the work in making the site accessible falls on the creator of the space, but we are always happy to help support, and have made many changes to the platform itself from feedback from accessibility-minded clients. We have helped clients produce events where attendees were using screen readers or had other needs.

Here are some highlights:

  • We allow the creator to specify ARIA labels, custom tabindex, and custom access keys for any elements in each room.
  • We provide ARIA labels and tabindex for the system level icons (things like settings, etc), so users can navigate everything with the keyboard.
  • We have a few options for captions. Typically, we have a closed caption icon that users can use to toggle captions on/off. The captions can come from: a live scribe who is typing into a special ohyay interface (typical for bigger events), a third party site like, or an automated caption solution like
  • We are working on extending our API to allow other software to send in captions via HTTP POST.
  • We have support for providing a space for a sign language video feed and an icon to let users toggle this on/off. Here's a screenshot from a conference that has both captions and ASL (Notice the icons at lower right).

Q: How do I set up closed captions in ohyay?

A: If you have a live scribe doing the captioning:

  • Click on “Element” in the menu bar and select “Insert Element” > “Closed Captioning Input.” The scribe will write into this box.
  • Click on “Element” in the menu bar and select “Insert Element” > “Closed Captioning Display.”

There is no automated solution for captions built into ohyay. If you want automated captions, we have two suggestions:

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