Accessible Materials Made Right (AMMR)
Everyone benefits from accessible design. You know this if you have ever appreciated the curb cuts at an intersection while pushing a stroller or taken advantage of automatic doors when your hands are full.
Although accessible design has become prevalent in the physical world, accessibility in the digital world is less common. Too often, electronic materials are accessible only to those who can read and interact with them visually. This leaves many of our students, parents, and community members unable to gain access to resources intended for their use.
If you work in education, chances are you are a content creator. With a few changes to the way you design and create your content, you can make your resources much more accessible to everyone.
Accessible Materials Made Right is designed to help you shift your practice. You will learn how to create accessible documents, presentations, and PDFs. You can access all seven courses on the EduPaths website at no cost.
SCECHs are available upon completion of each course.
Code and Foundations
Have you ever used the cut-outs in curbs at crosswalks? What about pushing the buttons to automatically open doors because your hands were full? These are accessibility features that have been developed for individuals needing these access features, but all benefit from the innovations. The same holds true when we make digital content available to all users. This first course addresses the code, or the law, and reasons why accessibility is important.
Structure and Appearance, Part 1
This course addresses text considerations for documents you and/or your school or organization create. In particular, the focus for this course is on fonts, font size, headers, underlined text and hyperlinks, and other layout structures added to documents to communicate information.
Structure and Appearance, Part 2
This course addresses text considerations for documents you and/or your school or organization create. The particular focus for this course is alternative text for images, tables and charts, and closed captioning for video.
This course walks you through the basics of using Microsoft Word to create accessible documents.You will learn how to use styles to make documents searchable, place bookmarks inside of tables, use the accessibility checker, and export documents to PDF.
Adobe Acrobat Pro
This course focuses on using Adobe Acrobat Pro to create accessible documents. Topics addressed include document set up, the importance of tags, accessible tables, bookmarks, and the accessibility checker.
This course focuses on using Microsoft PowerPoint to create accessible presentations. Some foundational aspects of accessibility are reviewed as well as slide set up, reading order, the accessibility checker, creating handouts, and more. This course is not intended to stand alone from the first three courses in the AMMR series. Foundational and essential knowledge communicated in those courses will not be found in this course.
Developing Your Plan
This course presents a series of questions to consider as you or your district or organization plan for digital accessibility. The approach to assembling a team, reviewing resources, revising resources, and clarifying future resource development needs to include defined goals and timelines that are reasonable to achieve and move you forward. If you work as part of a team or organization, those goals and timelines should also reflect input from the group. This increases shared ownership and accountability.
The purpose of the AMMR series is to increase awareness of what makes digital content accessible and why it really matters. The series will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to begin creating accessible documents. This course focuses on using intentional planning and design to help people who would not otherwise be able to access electronic content.
Resources for Creating Accessible Content
AMMR training materials and resources created by Alt+Shift can be found in the Accessible Materials Made Right: Workshop Files folder. Additional resources that have been provided by past AMMR participants are located in the Shared Resources folder. Please consider uploading any of your own resources to this folder so that others can benefit from your shared knowledge and experience.
Still need help after going through the AMMR modules?
We can provide technical assistance for creating accessible digital materials. Alt+Shift has designated time to respond to requests in the order in which they are received.