What you'll learn
- Create accessible material
- Understand what accessibility means
- Find and follow accessibility laws
- Understand technical requirements and user needs
- Access your current documents for accessibility
- Create new material that is accessible
- Use checklists for Word, Excel, PDFs, lectures, web pages, and PowerPoint slides
- Test your material with accessibility checkers
- Develop a process you can use in your own work
- Cultivate an accessible mindset
- A desire to create accessible material
- A basic knowledge of Microsoft Office programs like Word, PowerPoint and Excel
- A general understanding of how websites work
- No accessibility knowledge needed
Learn how to create accessible material including Word documents, PowerPoint slides, basic Excel worksheets, and more by assessing your current documents and creating new ones using accessibility tools and guidelines.
Accessible design means designing for everyone and putting your audience first. Start by understanding accessibility laws and technical requirements. Look at common disabilities and learn how small changes allow you to reach many more people. Learn to use a process that includes checklists and accessibility checkers. Following an accessibility process helps you systematically cover all areas of document design and accessibility without the worry of missing something.
Creating material with accessibility in mind gives you an advantage over those who react to user needs and legal requirements after the fact. Why go back and fix documents when you can be proactive and create material for everyone up front? Put user needs first and create accessible documents, slides, worksheets, webpages, and more.
Why this course?
I have designed a process that works. My unique perspective on accessibility stems from my insider knowledge of communication, course design, disabilities, user needs, and education from my work as a course designer, learning disability consultant, and professor.
I know how overwhelming it can be to understand accessibility laws and technical requirements, so I’m able to walk you through the process of creating accessible information quickly and efficiently.
I show you how the legal, technical, and practical pieces of accessibility fit together and take you from understanding the basics to creating your own accessible documents. You'll learn how to evaluate material and fix documents. I share my own process and I provide you with examples, checklists, and free resources to help you get started.
I created this step-by-step course from 20 years of experience in accessibility and communication. Currently, I’m a college professor who teaches both computers and communication online and in face-to-face courses, so I know the barriers that people face and the importance of creating accessible material.
Over the years, I’ve often found a gap between those who create material and those who understand the technical side. This course closes that gap by showing you how accessibility laws, user needs, and technical requirements fit together, how to create accessible material and where to get help when you need it. We’ll look at actual documents, slides, web pages and more to determine if they’re accessible and if not, how to fix them.
You’ll finish the course with a toolbox that you can use in your own work and a proactive design mindset that will give you a competitive edge.
This Course Includes
videos with step-by-step demonstrations
downloadable documents and worksheets
Disclaimer: The information in this course is educational and intended to help people understand accessibility. This course does not give legal advice. You are responsible for checking and complying with the laws of your area.
Who this course is for:
- Educators, designers, and business people who want to create accessible material including documents, charts, slides, and web material
- People who want to create accessible material in print and online
I’m a creative ed tech consultant, writer, professor, and instructional designer with a passion for designing engaging educational experiences. I love turning complex material into clear, professional text, and incorporating technology into my work.
I have a Masters Degree in Educational Technology and I’ve worked with computers for over 20 years. I’ve designed websites, created online courses, and consulted with students, instructors, and business people around the world giving me the ability to analyze material from many perspectives. I’ve worked with schools, colleges, and universities to create accessible content for everyone.
I have international experience consulting with subject matter experts around the globe, 20+ years’ experience working with students with disabilities, and I am an avid follower of future trends in eLearning.
Today, I create accessible material and design courses while working as a part time communication and computer professor. In my spare time, I write short stories and novels. Michele Brannon-Hamilton is my educational technology and writing website where you can find more information about me.
I look forward to meeting you and helping you create material that is accessible to everyone.