Creating Accessible Content

Program Description

Cloud with accessibility words in it

Recorded: March 27, 2024 – Creating accessible content is important for many reasons beyond the possible legal requirements, the information you are sharing can reach more people and it ensures readers do not miss critical information. When content is fully accessible, it benefits people with vision impairments, learning disabilities, color blindness, and many others. Accessibility is important for individuals, businesses, and society.

This webinar will discuss the principles of creating accessible content that can be applied to print or digital material, including video, audio, and social media. The presenter will walk you through the steps of creating accessible content using Microsoft Word and PowerPoint on a MacBook Pro. The concepts presented will also carry over to other platforms.

The areas addressed in the training include the following:

  • Visual presentation: Participants will learn about font size, type, color contrast, and slide layout.
  • 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.
  • Built-in tools: Participants will learn how to create accessible tables, lists and columns.
  • Hyperlinks: Participants will learn how to create hyperlinks in an accessible manner, not just a visual format.
  •  Alt-text: Participants will learn about alt-text and why it is needed, as well as step-by-step instructions for creating alt-text in presentations.
  •  Accessibility checkers: Participants will learn about built-in accessibility checkers, and additional manual checking to be considered.
  • Video Captioning and Audio Descriptions: Participants will learn about options for hard-of-hearing and blind communities to experience digital media.  


Leilani Carlson, Maine CITE Assistive Technology Specialist – Leilani joined the state assistive technology program, Maine CITE, in July 2022. For ten years, she provided education, resource information, and direct assistance to agricultural workers with disabilities or chronic illnesses as the Maine AgrAbility Project Coordinator. Before working in disability services, she worked in the environmental engineering and consulting industry for more than 15 years.


Resources discussed in webinar:
Creating Accessible Content Handout – PDF
Creating Accessible Content PowerPoint – PDF

Rev: 4/29/2024