Supporting Accessibility for Advanced Technological Education

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Making Your ATE Presentations Accessible for Everyone

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Most of us in the ATE community have to do a variety of presentations each year, from informal talks for colleagues at a brown bag lunch or on a Zoom call, to more formal presentations for a webinar or at a conference. And now during the pandemic, we find ourselves needing to give a lot of these presentations online, which adds its own set of technical challenges on top of those we already face when we present. Regardless of the content or platform, it’s important that our efforts be made accessible, in order to reach as many people as possible.

Tip Sheet: Creating Accessible Presentations 

In thinking about the guidance provided in the tip sheet from the National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) and AccessATE, it may good to consider that presentations can be essentially divided into two types: in-person and online. When presenting in person, there are physical accessibility factors to consider that have nothing to do with the content of the presentation itself. Whenever possible, it’s best to scope out the location of in-person events in advance. Consider the lighting and layout of the space; screen projections can be difficult to view if the room is too bright. On the...

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Tools

Screenshot for Accessibility Developer Guide
Based on the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, this toolkit ensures developers are creating accessible online content. This toolkit includes five sections. From the Introduction section, users will learn how to use the guide and find background information on the guide's creators, Access for all and the Accessibility...
Screenshot for The 411 on Disability Disclosure
This workbook, from the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth), is intended for those wanting to learn more about disability disclosure and are interested in supporting youth with disabilities. "Each unit contains a general statement of purpose, useful terminology, a discussion section, and activities to allow you...
Screenshot for Downloadable Disability Access Symbols
This website from the Graphic Artists Guild provides disability access symbols. These symbols are intended for users to advertise "... accessibility to employees, customers, audiences, and anyone else who needs access to [their] building or offices. Examples of places to promote accessibility include advertisements, newsletters, conference and...
Screenshot for Disability Etiquette
This booklet from the United Spinal Association provides tips for interacting more effectively with people who have disabilities. The booklet includes basic, terminology, and disability specific tips. Examples of basic tips include ask before you help, be sensitive about physical contact, and think before you speak. Some examples of terminology...
Screenshot for Creating Accessible Videos
This tip sheet provided by the Internet Scout Research Group, provides guidelines for creating accessible video content. It covers the topics of captioning, writing narrative descriptions, and choosing an accessible media player. The tip sheet also offers links to additional resources for creating captions and audio descriptions. A printable...