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.
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
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
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
Ready to learn?
We're ready to prepare a course to fit your needs. Click the link below to start the conversation.