Recorded: February 14, 2023 – While accessibility is very important and can be legally required in many situations, it is often the last thing considered when creating content, if it is considered at all. Accessibility is important for many reasons beyond legal requirements. By making your content fully accessible the information you are sharing can reach more people and it ensures critical information is not missed by readers. When content is fully accessible, it is beneficial to people with vision impairments, learning disabilities, color blindness, and many others.
This training walks participants through the steps of creating accessible content in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. Many of these tools and techniques carry over to other platforms, such as Google Docs. The areas addressed in the training include the following: utilizing tools to increase ease of document navigation, creating accessible lists and tables, alt-text/tags for images, and visual presentation.
- Document navigation: Participants will learn how to use built-in features to create accessible headings, making the document easier to navigate for individuals using screen readers.
- Lists and tables: Participants will learn how to make lists and tables in an accessible manner, not just a visual format.
- Visual presentation: Participants will learn about font size, type, color contrast, and slide layout.
- Alt-text/tags: Participants will learn about alt-text/tags and why they are needed. They will then receive step-by-step instruction for creating alt-text/tags for presentations.
Jessi Wright, Maine CITE Director – Jessi is an assistive technology professional (ATP) overseeing Maine CITE, the state assistive technology program in Maine. She has worked in the disability field for over 15 years in various capacities around the country including residential programs, providing autism services, teaching in special education, university disability services, and working closely with vocational rehabilitation.