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Promoting Accessible Document Creation

Class Details

This is the second of the four part webinar series: Universal Design for Learning: Accessibility at the Library. Attend one or all the sessions. Missed one? Each session is recorded for viewing at your convenience.

In this webinar, we will go over what it is like for someone who uses AT to interact with a document that is not accessible. We will cover the basics of creating accessible MS Word documents and PowerPoint presentations, how to use the built-in accessibility checker, and how to export these documents to create accessible PDF documents.

Course Objectives:
• Participants will gain an understanding of the challenges of what it is like for an individual with a disability to use Assistive Technology to access electronic information.
• Participants will learn simple solutions for making Microsoft documents accessible and how to export them to make accessible PDFs.
• Participants will gain an understanding of what is required in order to remediate an inaccessible PDF document.

Presenter: Gaby de Jongh’s experience with Accessible Information Technology in Education has spanned over 15 years and has afforded her a solid understanding of Web Content Accessibility, document authoring tools, and how Operating Systems, hardware, software, and Assistive Technology work in tandem. She leads efforts across the University of Washington tri-campus area to increase awareness of Accessible Technology; she also provides training and expertise on creating accessible electronic documents and how to remediate legacy documents. Gaby holds a certificate as an Adobe PDF Accessibility Trainer and is a partner on the Microsoft 365 Inclusive Workplace Council.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
10:00am - 11:00am
Region/Office: National
Jul 18, 2018
10:00AM - 11:00AM PT
Carolyn Martin, MLS, AHIP, Consumer Health Coordinator

More and more libraries and educational institutions provide online content whether databases, archival collections, videos, and documents. But how much of this information is accessible by those who are blind, have low vision, or are hard of hearing? Libraries and other institutions are legally required to provide accessible content. This webinar series will provide some basic steps librarians can take to make their content accessible to all. 

This webinar series will comprise of 4 separate sessions addressing specific accessibility topics. Attend one or all of the sessions to increase your library's online digital access. Each session is eligible for 1 Medical Library Association (MLA) CE.

  • July 11 session: Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to Promote Framework Principles Adoption, Student Engagement and Active Learning
  • July 18 session: Promoting Accessible Document Creation
  • July 25 session: Building Accessible Websites
  • August 1 session: Accessibility in Procurement

Registration is encouraged but not required.

  • Attendees will recognize the need for accessible online content and the benefits of universal design.
  • Attendees will be able to apply tips for creating accessible documents.
  • Attendees will be able to practice a basic step towards website accessibility.
  • Attendees will discover resources and tools to develop accessible online information.

How to Connect:

It is recommended to review this Webex help document prior to joining WebEx or if you are having trouble joining the webinar.

Shortly before the session begins, follow this link to the current session of Universal Design for Learning: Accessibility at the Library (this link stays the same for each session)
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