Designing for Accessibility
Design can become an afterthought when creating interpretive materials, yet is incredibly important to a visitor's experience. Good design builds trust; for example, we rely on cues from design to determine if an email is legitimate. Special consideration must be given to ensure that interpretive materials are available to the broadest audience, including visitors with sensory, motor, or intellectual disabilities. This is more important than ever due to increased demand for virtual engagement opportunities and the fact that virtual environments lack the flexibility of an interpreter to make on-the-spot accommodations. However, these techniques don't just benefit people with disabilities.
The less time your visitors spend deciphering your materials, the more time they can spend engaging with your content. We will cover types of disabilities, disability ethics, laws and standards related to accessibility, accessibility and universal design principles, and easy-to-use tools for creating quality graphics. This presentation will be appropriate for interpreters from a variety of institutions and backgrounds, but is aimed at smaller institutions without access to a dedicated design team.
Most tools covered will be free; however, Adobe Acrobat Pro is highly recommended, but not required. By the end of this workshop, participants will have created accessible templates that are consistent with their institution's graphic style.
Target Skill Level: Novice
Target Audience: Midcareer interpretive professional
Objective: Participants will understand how to apply knowledge of accessibility principles and standards to non-personal interpretive materials, including both static (documents and websites) and time-based (video and audio) media.
Presenter: Heather Mortimer
Meals Provided: lunch on your own
Minimum Participants: 10
Maximum Participants: 30