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Designing for Inclusion: Creating Accessible Documents and Slides for Face-to-Face and Online Instruction

Your Name and Title:

Melissa A. Wong, Adjunct Instructor

Library, School, or Organization Name:

School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Co-Presenter Name(s): n/a

Area of the World from Which You Will Present:

Los Angeles, California, USA

Language in Which You Will Present:


Target Audience(s):

Librarians, Instructors, Instructional Designers

Short Session Description (one line):

Participants will learn to create accessible documents and slide presentations and to integrate accessible design practices into their regular workflow.

Full Session Description (as long as you would like):

Librarians and instructors routinely use a wide variety of documents, images, and slide presentations in their teaching. They create brochures, handouts, and text-based lessons as well as slide decks for use in the classroom and as part of online instruction. It is essential that these materials be accessible to all learners, including those with visual and learning disabilities. Following accessible design practices as materials are created negates the need for time consuming and sometimes costly revisions at a later date and creates a more inclusive classroom environment for all leaners.

In this presentation, participants will learn to create visually attractive, accessible documents and slide decks by following simple design practices and using tools built into standard word processing and presentation software. Participants will also learn strategies for integrating accessible design practices into institutional workflow processes so that all materials are made accessible at the time of creation.

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