101 Designing for Different Abilities

8:15 AM - 9:30 AM Wednesday, February 17

How would you teach someone to read an EKG, if they can’t see?

How would you teach AutoFill in Excel, to someone who can’t use a mouse?

How would you help someone de-escalate a conflict, if they can’t hear the other person’s tone of voice?

A lot of the guidance in the eLearning industry about accessibility for individuals with disabilities is about the technical aspects: have good color contrast, make sure the learner can navigate with a keyboard, use closed captioning. But what about the instruction itself? Accessibility starts with instructional design. Would someone with a disability perform a given task the way you are teaching it? Is the language you are using inclusive? Are you factoring in cognitive differences such as reading and language ability?

In this session, you’ll examine five key changes you can make to your instructional design process so you are baking in accessibility and inclusion from the very beginning.

Diane Elkins


E-Learning Uncovered

Diane Elkins is owner of Artisan E-Learning, a custom eLearning development company, and E-Learning Uncovered, where she helps people build courses they're proud of. She has built a reputation as a national eLearning expert by being a frequent speaker at major industry events for ATD, The Learning Guild, and Training Magazine. Her favorite topics include accessibility, instructional design, and Articulate Storyline. She is co-author of the popular E-Learning Uncovered book series, as well as E-Learning Fundamentals: A Practical Guide, from ATD Press. She is a past board member of the Northeast Florida and Metro DC chapters of ATD.

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