Strategies for Developing Accessible Documents and Presentations

Focusing on accessibility creates inclusion, giving all individuals opportunities to participate in events or access information. Ensuring accessibility during the planning process of an event or while creating written materials is essential. 20% of people in the US are deaf/hard of hearing—that’s 48 million Americans; more than 1 million people in the US are blind and over 12 million have low vision; and more than 5 million people are Limited English Proficient—all whom benefit from accessibility practices. Many people use assistive technology to help access information, such as screen readers, magnifiers, braille displays, ASL translations, captions, and many more devices. These devices allow people with disabilities to access information and events; however, the creator of the materials and events needs to take steps for these assistive technologies to work best and to ensure inclusion of people with a variety of abilities.

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