Accessible Communication for Election Offices (5-hour course)
This course is a professional development program on how to make important civic information more accessible for people with disabilities.
Learning principles of accessible communication benefits everyone in your community -- not just people with disabilities -- and learning to make civic information accessible can make you a more effective, thoughtful communicator and serve your community better.
Our 5-hour course provides an overview of principles of accessible communication and includes a work block in which participants will test their materials for accessibility and create revision plans with one-on-one support from CTCL instructors.
Looking for a more basic overview of accessible communication? Maybe our 90-minute course would do the trick.
After completing this course, you will:
- Recognize why accessible communication is important
- Understand how people with disabilities experience information online and in other media
- Be familiar with principles of accessible communication (POUR)
- Have actionable guidelines for making your materials more accessible
- Know how plain language helps readers with and without disabilities
What you'll need
To participate in this course, you’ll need:
- A computer with internet access
- A pen and paper to take notes and doodle
Part 1: Understanding accessibility
- Exercise in empathy
- What research tells us about disability and accessibility
- Profiles: audience, accessibility, demographics, and assistive technologies
- Breakout: navigating a website using only a keyboard
- How accessible communication and design benefit everyone
Part 2: Accessibility principles and challenges
- Understanding adaptability and POUR principles
- Accessibility and universal design
- How plain language supports accessibility
- Breakout: Hemingway App and plain language translating
Part 2: Accessibility principles and challenges (continued)
- Accessibility concerns for election websites: what research tells us
- Web accessibility challenges: links, headings, form fields, and images
- Breakout: writing good link text and alt text
Part 3: Implementing accessibility
- Media accessibility challenges: video, graphics, PDFs, and social media
- Overview of accessibility resources and next steps
- Introduction to WebAIM Wave and Cynthia Says
- Work block: testing a web page for accessibility and creating a revision plan
Ready to learn?
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