Digital Literacy and Accessibility

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Organization Name: 
Nonprofit Technology Network

Digital literacy programs are designed to help participants overcome barriers to actively participate in a digital society. But what about participants with physical or cognitive disabilities?

To address the needs of all digital literacy participants, practitioners need to ensure that their programs and spaces include people of all abilities. This is possible when practitioners know the fundamentals of accessible communication, assistive technologies (both hardware and software), and adaptive spaces. And focusing on accessibility improves usability for all participants.

During this course, we’ll cover three key elements

  • The fundamentals of accessibility within the context of digital literacy programs

  • How to identify and implement new strategies for including people with disabilities

  • Important considerations for evaluating and modifying the physical space for program delivery

You’ll leave this course with the key skills to make accessibility and inclusion a more central part of your new or existing digital literacy programs.


Melissa Helquist

SLCC Community Writing Center
Dr. Melissa Helquist is Director of the SLCC Community Writing Center and Associate Professor of English at Salt Lake Community College. Melissa is a community educator and a passionate accessibility advocate. She has helped to develop accessible publishing guidelines adopted by the Society for Disability Studies and University of Michigan Press. She is an accessibility trainer for higher education and is a founding participant of Utah Communities Connect, a digital inclusion initiative.

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