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Accessible Presentations Challenge

Welcome to the Spring Accessible Presentations 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

If you have questions about the challenge, please email [email protected] or contact any members of the Workgroup on Accessibility Practices

Recorded Sessions

Universal Design for Learning & Our Students

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.

Universal Design for Learning & Our Students recording

Accessible Emails

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.

Accessible Emails recording

Accessibility Fellows Program

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.

Accessibility Fellows Program recording

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: 

Be sure to watch your campus email for announcements of future challenges!


If you have questions about the challenge, please email [email protected] or reach out to any members of the Workgroup on Accessibility Practices