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!