Executive Director, Cornerstones of Science Cynthia Randall along with Dr. Laura Bartlett, researcher from the National Institutes of Health, and Lydia Collins, Participant Engagement Lead NNLM All of Us, Training and Education Center, gave a presentation entitled Hear and See Your Audience: Intentional Program and Resource Design and Delivery, on June 12, 2020.
The goal of the presentation was to shift the discourse about accessibility from the way most people think about it—as something that’s done to accommodate people with disabilities—to redefining design itself in a way that intends to accommodate everyone.
The presentation focused on universal strategies for intentionally designing and re-designing library programs and resources for the hearing and visually impaired as well as the general public.
The presentation explored considerations for designing and serving a variety of audiences; ways to refine your design to accommodate a broader number of users; and a tool to help library staff assess the level of accessibility of existing programs and resources. You can download a copy of the presentation’s slide deck right here.
Ultimately, the question is: Why wouldn’t we try and strive to accommodate as many as possible?