Accessibility

For presenters

Composing Access offers excellent guidance in multiple modes for conference presenters and planners. Tips here are distilled from that site’s detailed advice.

Preparing your presentation

Tara Wood covers preparing a script, designing audio/visual elements, and interacting with sign interpreters or transcriptionists in this 2-page handout, Preparing an Accessible Presentation

For additional suggestions on space, handout design, digital access, and scripts, see Composing Access’s materials on Preparing Your Presentation

During the presentation

The more accessible your presentation, the more likely your ideas are to reach people. So give audience members alternative formats to access your materials and to engage with you during the talk.  Some may not be at the conference, so providing digital materials increases the distribution of your ideas.  Some in-person attendees may appreciate digital or paper text to augment your spoken delivery.  Some may appreciate spoken translation of images.  Some may prefer to write questions instead of voicing them.

  • Provide both large print versions (18 point) and 12 point of handouts
  • Provide both digital and paper versions as well as your in-person delivery.
  • Bring the materials to the audience. Don’t assume all can move easily to get them.
  • Describe presentation visuals. Don’t assume all can see them well.
  • For Q&A, gather questions by index cards. Don’t rely on voice only.

For more detailed suggestions, see Composing Access’s materials on During the Presentation. Thanks to the Composing Access Project, co-sponsored by the Committee on Disability Issues in College Composition (CDICC) and the Computers & Composition Digital Press (CCDP) for developing the Composing Access resource.

 

Access North Carolina, Access Raleigh

The following pages of information are from Access North Carolina: A Vacation and Travel Guide for People with Accessibility Needs.

Access Raleigh excerpts those pages specific to tourist sites in Raleigh, which include information on many parks, museums, and sites of interest. Some specific sites include the CAM Raleigh | Contemporary Art Museum, the North Carolina Museum of Art, Marbles Kids Museum, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, the North Carolina Museum of History, Pullen Amusements at Pullen Park, and the State Farmers Market.

The guide covers parking, types of paths, entrances (if there is a ramp and where it is located), restrooms (including sink and faucet controls), water fountains, elevators, and public telephones (if available). Where applicable, the guide provides how accessible the tourist site is for visitors who are Deaf and hard of hearing, visitors with vision loss, visitors with cognitive/intellectual disabilities, and visitors with other types of disabilities. The guide uses icons for at-a-glance accessibility identification:

Guide icons for at-a-glance accessibility identfication

If you are planning more travels throughout North Carolina before or after the conference, please check out the full edition of the guide.