Accessible Meetings & Presentations

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People First Language: The Basics: Information on using respectful language created by the Grassroots Committee of Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE).

Respectful Disability Language: Here’s What’s Up! A guide to respectful words and language by National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN) and Kids As Self Advocates (KASA).

Youth Friendly/Accessible Language A guide to accessible presentations by Kids As Self Advocates (KASA).

Accessibility Checklist: Information for Everyone A checklist to help in preparing an accessible presentation by Kids As Self Advocates (KASA) and National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN).

Accessible Power Point Presentations: A guide to creating accessible Power Point presentations by the Training and Advocacy Support Center (a division of the National Disability Rights Network).

The Guide: NASDDDS Handbook on Inclusive Meetings and Presentations: A guide created by the National Association of State Directors of Developmental DisabilityAccessible Meeting Image Services (NASDDDS) to aid in the facilitation of involvement of persons with developmental disabilities (DD) in NASDDDS activities through provision of necessary resources and supports.

Making Accessibility Real: A Guide for Planning Meetings, Conferences and Gatherings: Published by The Home and Community-Based Services Resource Network, this guide provides approaches to making meetings accessible to all participants.

Getting Your Message Across: Communicating with People with Intellectual Disabilities This manual is a reference book to be used to help local and state self-advocacy groups form meaningful partnerships with advocacy and provider organizations. The manual will help people with and without disabilities to work side-by-side to improve services and support for people with developmental disabilities. This manual includes checklists and guidelines on making information cognitively accessible. It was created by Green Mountain Self-Advocates www.gmsavt.org.

Autistic Access Needs: Notes on Accessibility: This resource from The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) provides helpful information on support and sensory needs, social accommodation, respectful and accessible language for use in groups in which Autistic persons are participants.

Designing Accessible Conferences  for People with Intellectual Disabilities: This resource is from the 2012 User Experience Conference and Workshop. One attendee created sketchnotes of all the sessions they attended. The link above directs you to the sketchnote created from the session on designing for people with cognitive disabilities.

APH Guidelines for Print Document Design: This resources is from the American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) believes guidelines for print documents should be brought to a standard of optimal usability for persons with low vision. The standards should be based on fundamental principles gleaned from research that originated from the study of the impact of print characteristics on readers of print products. This research also includes existing industry standards, where they apply.

Guidelines on How to Write a Report About People with Disabilities: This resources is from the Research and Training Center on Independent Living.  Please use these Guidelines when you write or report about people with disabilities.

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