Welcome to the Spring Accessibility Challenge!
Registration closes March 30, 2021
In January 2021, the SUNY Oswego community came together for a 10-Day Accessibility Challenge to make the digital content our campus shares more accessible for everyone. We brought together nearly 200 students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Whether you are one of our veterans who participated in January, or you are newly curious about Accessibility, the Spring Accessibility Challenge is for you! This spring, we’re focusing on presentations and this challenge is all about PowerPoint and Google Slides.
This accessibility challenge is presented by the Workgroup on Accessibility Practices. It runs once a week for 4 weeks from March 30 - April 26. You can participate on your own schedule (less than 30 minutes per day) or synchronously with our campus accessibility champions. You’ll receive step-by-step guidance on how making minor changes to your presentations can have a big impact on accessibility. Whether you’re new to learning about digital accessibility, or have more expertise, this effort will have pathways for you to participate. Register today to get ready for this fun and important campus-wide challenge.
Here is a basic outline of the weekly topics:
- Week 1: Consider the Purpose of Your Presentations
- Week 2: Using Slide Masters, Slide Layouts, and Slide Titles
- Week 3: Embedding Descriptive Hyperlinks and Providing Text Equivalents
Week 4: Reading Order, Checking Accessibility, and Converting to a PDF
Interested in learning more?
Fill out this Challenge Interest Form to be placed on the list for upcoming challenges. You'll be among the first to know when a new challenge is starting!
In the meantime, check out our Digital Accessibility website for great tips, training, and resources, including:
- Written and Video Tutorials
- Basic Accessibility Principles
- Deque University, an online digital accessibility training platform that provides comprehensive training on a wide variety of topics including web accessibility, document accessibility, accessibility testing, and more.
- Frequently Asked Questions
Be sure to watch your campus email for announcements of future challenges!
Presenters: Rebecca Mushtare and Amy Fisk (SUNY Geneseo)
This session will introduce the Universal Design for Learning framework and how implementing that framework supports students generally, and students with disabilities specifically. During this session, we’ll share excerpts from interviews conducted with SUNY Oswego and SUNY Geneseo students with disabilities collected during 2020 about the impact remote and online learning has had on their academic experience.
Presenters: Kate Percival and Michele Thornton
This session will explain how to incorporate basic accessibility principles into emails. Learn how to boost your email accessibility quickly and easily by using techniques such as chunking, using lists, embedding links, writing in clear language, and more.
Presenters: Accessibility Fellows and Michele Thornton
SUNY Oswego is in its third cycle of the innovative Faculty Accessibility Fellow program. In this panel discussion, we describe the fellowship application process, expectations, goals, and outcomes to date. Current fellows share their perspectives on the first semester of their fellowship year, experiences in building more accessible course materials, and their goals moving forward.