Tuesday, February 13, 2018

AMMR: Accessible Materials Made Right

In October 2017 I attended the Alt+Shift AMMR 2-day conference with Peter Schaafsma. I left the conference with an increased awareness of the need for making documents accessible for the visually impaired as well as some cursory knowledge on how to begin making documents accessible.

What have I done to help promote this need since the conference you ask?
The true answer is, not as much as I had hoped.
I have started by working to create my correspondence and my presentations accessible, based on a few simple to follow standards. This has not gone as smoothly or quickly as I would have liked but I am still plugging along.

How does this apply to you? How can you help?
The Washtenaw Intermediate School district has posted a PDF document on their website "Making Accessible Word Documents" (https://goo.gl/x93NxC). This PDF walks you through some of the steps that need to be taken in order to create an accessible Microsoft Word document for individuals with vision impairments.

Many of the steps listed are the same for Google Office Suite as they are for Microsoft, but not all. If we can all start consistently following the steps in the "Before Beginning Your Document, Keep the Basics in Mind" section we will be one step closer to having accessible documents.

I will continue to work towards making all of my materials accessible and I hope you will work on this journey with me.

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