Creating Accessible Content
The following considerations are the most important to keep in mind when creating content designed to be accessible by individuals with disabilities:
Always caption or use Alt Text on images for individuals using screen readers
When creating/presenting video content, always verbally describe or read what is being presented visually on the screen.
It need not be a lengthy explanation, just enough to provide context to anyone who can't see the screen.
Use Headings and lists in written content/resources.
Use styles from the ribbon/menu area, don't simply change type size or font.
Use clean fonts such as Ariel or Verdana and good contrasting colors such as black on white.
Avoid using combinations such as navy blue on black or yellow on white.
Label links appropriately
Good example: ”Click here for more information about Martin Luther King Jr”
Avoid links that say “Click Here” or "More Information"
Add captions to any video content.
Other Sources of Information
Resources from WCBVI:
Making Presentations Accessible to a Blind or VI Audience: A Guide for Presenters (Google Slides)
Making Presentations Accessible to a Blind or VI Audience: A Guide for Presenters (Google Doc)
Making Images Accessible in Word, Google Docs, and Social Media
Resources from UW Madison (Shared by Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction)
Resource Modules from Section508.gov
How to Create an Accessible Document in Microsoft Word (14 Modules)
How to Author and Test Microsoft PowerPoint Presentations for Accessibility (14 Modules)
How to Make an Accessible Spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel (11 Modules)
How to Test and Remediate PDFs for Accessibility Using Adobe Acrobat DC (5 Modules)
From Around the Web:
Wisconsin AT Forward Presentation: AT Community of Practice October 27th, 2020 Accessibility 101 Resources
American Printing House for the Blind: Social Media Accessibility Tips
Axe-Con (the live event has concluded but recorded sessions can be accessed on the schedule pages linked here)
Imagine Being Blind and Trying to Attend a Virtual Event. Try That Next Time You Stage One
What Stevie Wonder can Teach the World about Accessible Design
Audible Image Description in a Pinch (YouTube video)
Checklists and Workflows
Accessibility Compliance Checklists - Department of Health and Human Services
Create and verify PDF Accessibility with Adobe Pro (Workflow)
YouTube and Other Video Content:
Life Changers: How Accessibility Laws, Guidance, and Awareness are changing Lives (APH Webinar)
APH Hive Courses
Note: These courses are free of charge, but require an APH Hive account. To get a Hive account, go to: https://aphhive.org and sign up. Once you have an account, go to: Course Catalog > Foundations > Click on the course > Enroll . Direct links to each course are listed below for your convenience.