The Importance of Accessibility: 5 Simple Steps

By Rachel Karch, Instructional Design and Accessibility Manager, Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Accessibility is crucial for creating an inclusive environment where everyone, regardless of ability, can access and benefit from information and resources. Here’s why accessibility matters:

  • Everyone feels included and valued.
  • It benefits all users, including those with temporary disabilities and non-native English speakers.
  • It helps meet legal requirements and avoid issues.
  • Accessible content reaches a wider audience.
  • It shows commitment to equity and social responsibility.

Here are five ways to make your content more accessible:

  1. Use Clear and Simple Language

Avoid jargon and technical terms. Use plain language that is easy to understand for everyone.

  1. Provide Alternative Text for Images

Always add descriptive alt text to images. This helps individuals using screen readers to understand what the images represent.

  1. Ensure Text is Readable

Use high-contrast colors and easy-to-read fonts. Make sure the text is large enough for those with visual impairments.

  1. Caption Videos and Provide Transcripts

Include captions in videos for the deaf or hard of hearing. Provide transcripts for all video and audio content to ensure everyone can access the information.

  1. Make Documents Accessible

Organize content with headings, bullet points, and lists. Use accessible formats like tagged PDFs, which are easier for assistive technologies to read.

By following these simple steps, you can make your content more accessible and inclusive

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