Weekly tips to improve accessibility. Thank you for joining us on this journey.
Tip of the Week: Writing Accessible Content Part 2
Last week we discussed using short sentences and an active sentence structure. This improves how quickly and easily readers can understand your content. Below are two more writing strategies that improve the ability of individuals with cognitive disabilities and who listen to text to understand and engage with your content. With practice, you will naturally incorporate these strategies into your writing style. They will not add time to content creation but will increase your organization's reach and impact.
Disclaimer: This is an ongoing process. We are still working on incorporating these strategies as well.
Time: Varies by content length and decreases with practice
Who Benefits: Individuals with cognitive disabilities, screen reader users, text-to-speech users.
Everyone quickly understands your content and if it is relevant
Strategy 3: Create Chunks of Content with Headings
Instructions: Provide a summary section at the beginning of the content for text longer than a single page. Describe the key points of the content in a few sentences or bullet points. The goal of a summary is to provide enough information for the reader to decide whether the content meets his/her need.
Let people know when you proactively provide accommodations.
Signs that encourage people with disabilities to reach out when appropriate are inclusive and send a positive message about your organization's values.