The Bridge to Understanding: Building Accessibility into Health Literate Materials


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*This is a Communication domain course.

Increasingly, patients receive information on their smartphones, via websites, or through electronic health records. But even expertly-written, well-designed materials might inadvertently include content that is partially or entirely inaccessible to users with disabilities. In this session, we'll cover issues users often face and common practices that lead to digital inaccessibility in Microsoft Work and PowerPoint.  Attendees will learn basic techniques to create meaningful visuals and content that are screenreader-friendly, while still employing health-literate practices.  To augment the session, we'll also provide a resource list and links to accessible templates.

  • Objective 1: Describe digital accessibility issues encountered by people with various disabilities
  • Objective 2: Create awareness of common practices that create inaccessible content
  • Objective 3: Perform simple techniques for adding accessibility into health literate digital content

Kelli Ham, MLIS

Community Engagement Librarian -University of California, Los Angeles

Kelli Ham is currently the Community Engagement Librarian at NNLM PSR, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region, at the UCLA Biomedical Library in Los Angeles. Kelli is responsible for outreach, health literacy education, and community partnerships in the region. To improve access to information for all users, Kelli provides training and assistance on electronic accessibility and usability of digital content. Kelli helps librarians and health providers imagine, develop, and deliver innovative programming and clear messaging about health and wellness, environmental health, and digital health literacy. Kelli will be retiring from UCLA on July 1, 2020. 

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Tuesday, July 21st - The Bridge to Understanding: Building Accessibility into Health Literate Materials
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Select the "View On-Demand Recording" button to begin. Increasingly, patients receive information on their smartphones, via websites, or through electronic health records. But even expertly-written, well-designed materials might inadvertently include content that is partially or entirely inaccessible to users with disabilities. In this session, we’ll cover issues users often face and the common practices that lead to digital inaccessibility in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. Attendees will learn basic techniques to create meaningful visuals and content that are screenreader-friendly, while still employing health-literate practices. To augment the session, we’ll also provide a resource list and links to accessible templates. Objective 1: Describe digital accessibility issues encountered by people with various disabilities. Objective 2: Create awareness of common practices that create inaccessible content. Objective 3: Perform simple techniques for adding accessibility to health-literate digital content
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