Exploring ADA

I decided to go at creating ‘answery things’ in a different manner than I may have chosen just based on the fact that our content is dealing with ADA. I spent a fair amount of time researching the best practices for creating presentation material that is ADA compliant and there’s quite a lot out there about it. I avoided Prezi because that’s a big no-no for accessibility (who knew?) and ended up deciding on PowerPoint because I didn’t want to get too crazy… Interestingly enough, there are some pretty specific guidelines for creating accessible PowerPoints. Some of you may know this, but I certainly learned a lot. I relied on two sources: A Designer’s Guide to Accessibility and 508 Compliance and California’s Department of Rehabilitation Disability Access Services ‘Seven Steps to Creating an Accessible PowerPoint Slideshow.’ To give you a quick summary of what this meant: I stuck with a clear layout, contrasting colors, avoided text boxes, used the recommended Verdana font (Sorry Sarah, I know you seem adverse to Sans Serif fonts!) and tried to keep the size no smaller than 24. I also avoided any kind of animation or use of transitions. I feel a little bad because it’s so text heavy and looks pretty boring. Maybe it could be done up more if I spent a little more effort on creativity.. I’m worried some might think it looks like an over-simplified version, which could be offensive to the disabled, but if you’ve seen other PowerPoints I’ve done.. you may change your tune! So I created the following (*hopefully*) ADA compliant ppt to provide answers for the first five questions.

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Secondly, I wanted to add something visual to the discussion. So I found a local video on reasonable accommodation from the DC Government Office of Disability Rights. I liked this video because it talked more about reasonable accommodation in the workplace, which is more relevant for me right now than education. I also liked that the video included captioning.

For fear of creating Chris’ nightmare of a long, long, single blog post, I’ll share my deepest, most personal thoughts on ADA on a new page!

2 thoughts on “Exploring ADA

  1. Brooke –
    I enjoy your narrative style – especially ADA & Me. You remind me why I tend to be anti-tech or prone to use paper and markers in my classroom as opposed to slides, etc. In a previous teaching year at a private all boy’s high school (my alma mater) I attempted to use Google Classroom. Every student was able to access the lesson but there wasn’t enough bandwith to support the activity so I had to teach things the old fashioned way. I was losing 1/2 my classtime to the IT guy.

    Re: too-long blog posts. I spent some time trying to figure out if these templates were manipulatable enough for a single column with widgets at the footer, as I was afraid that my posts would be scroll city. Never figured it out. They’re scroll city.

  2. I liked how descriptive you were with ADA and that you added a video as well for people to gain more background information. I felt like I was reading a paper however, did you consider adding pictures to your presentation or any other items to add interest? Maybe next time embed the video into the presentation to break up the information being read? By no means do you have to thought it might help though.

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