Creating Accessible Content – June 5, 2024

Cloud with accessibility words in it

Recorded: June 5, 2024 – Creating accessible content is important for many reasons beyond the possible legal requirements. It helps you reach more people and 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 for print or digital material, including video, audio, and social media. The presenter will walk you through creating accessible content using Microsoft Word and PowerPoint on a PC. The concepts presented can also be applied 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.


Jessi Wright, Maine CITE Director – Jessi is an assistive technology professional 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. 


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

Rev: 6/25/2024