Accessible Communication for Election Offices (90-minute 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 90-minute course provides an overview of challenges and principles associated with making civic information accessible.

Looking for a more in-depth, tailored curriculum on accessible communication? Our 5-hour course might be just what you need. 

Course objectives

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

Course outline

Part 1: Why accessibility matters

  • Exercise in empathy
  • Overview of demographics, disabilities, and assistive technologies

Part 2: Introduction to accessibility principles

  • Understanding adaptability and POUR principles
  • Accessibility and universal design
  • Accessibility challenges for web design, social media, images, and videos
  • Breakout: writing in plain language/writing good alt text

10-minute break

Part 3: Making content more accessible

  • Making accessibility revisions: plain language, alt text, captions, descriptive links, heading navigation, field navigation, and PDFs
  • Demonstration: using Cynthia Says to test accessibility of a page on your election website

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