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Presentations & Workshops

LSA All Staff Forum Presentations

All Staff Forum presentation recordings are located in the LSA Gateway, which is only accessible to LSA staff. To view, please login to Gateway with your U-M Credentials.

Available recordings include:

  • Introduction to the LSA Disability Navigators, the ADA, and Accommodations (March 2022)
  • Disability and You (May 2022)
  • LSA Disability Navigator Update: New Services & Resources (September 2022)

Individuals who do not have access to LSA Gateway may request access to a recording by emailing LSA.Disability.Navigators@umich.edu.

Disability Navigator Workshops

Any LSA employee is eligible to register for a workshop (knowledge/skill levels are indicated). LSA students and other U-M community members may request to participate in a workshop by emailing LSA.Disability.Navigators@umich.edu, but please note that LSA employees receive priority access.

Captioned recordings of past Disability Navigator workshops are forthcoming. Register for future Disability Navigator workshops by visiting the LSA DEI Office Events listing.

Learn more about existing Disability Navigator workshops below. 

Disability 101 & Identity Development

Knowledge/Skill Level: Beginner

Explore the world of identity development and how it is impacted by disability. We unpack what a social construct is and consider whether disability meets that definition. We also examine how social constructs such as race and class interact with disability and discuss concepts such as Intersectionality and Simultaneity in relation to the individuals' daily experience living with disability.

Create Accessible Digital Documents

Knowledge/Skill Level: Beginner

As we shift from print to digital documents in the workplace, it's important to ensure readers and contributors can actually access the content. If document users include individuals who are color blind, use assistive technologies, or process information differently, will they be able to effectively engage with the content? This workshop will focus on best practices for creating digital documents that are more user-friendly and accessible. In addition to demonstrations, there will be opportunities to apply what you are learning in real time. 

Participants learn about:

  1. The benefit of accessible documents and how specific features support diverse users.
  2. How to build more accessible documents in Microsoft Word and Google Documents. 
    • Specific components discussed include: Color, Font, Paragraph Styles, Lists, Images, Tables, Hyperlinks, Headers & Footers, Spacing, Emojis & Symbols, and Document Settings.
  3. Tools to assist with document accessibility.
  4. Resources to deepen knowledge on document accessibility.

A recording of this workshop is available through the LSA Gateway. If you are unable to access Gateway, please email LSA.Disability.Navigators@umich.edu to request access. 

Inclusive & Effective Alt Text for Images

Knowledge/Skill Level: Beginner

Images and graphics can be powerful tools to communicate information and enhance text content. But some individuals—such as those who are Blind, low vision, or use read aloud technologies—may miss out on important details if our visuals are not accessible.  

This workshop will teach you how to craft effective "alternative text" (alt text) and how to add alt text to images to make them more accessible. We'll also discuss how to describe image content, including diverse humans, in a way that is inclusive and context appropriate.

Participants learn:

  1. What alt text is, why it is important, and who benefits from it.
  2. Image types that are not accessible and workarounds.
  3. How to craft effective alt text for images based upon the image type and function.
  4. Best practices for describing diverse people and situations depicted in images in an inclusive way.
  5. How to add alt text to images in Word, Google Docs, PowerPoint, and Google Slides.

A recording of this workshop is available through the LSA Gateway. If you are unable to access Gateway, please email LSA.Disability.Navigators@umich.edu to request access. 

Digital Accessibility Office Hours

Join Jessica on certain Wednesdays from 12 to 1 pm ET on Zoom for digital accessibility office hours. These office hours are an opportunity for LSA employees and past workshop attendees to consult with Jessica on the accessibility of online materials such as documents, videos, audio recordings, and images. 

Zoom link: https://umich.zoom.us/j/91505103964 (Join via your U-M Zoom account. No registration required.)

Winter 2023 office hours will be held on:

  • January 18
  • February 1 (CANCELLED)
  • February 8
  • February 22
  • March 8
  • March 22
  • April 5

Cancellation of office hours will be noted on this website. Individuals interested in website accessibility should sign up for a Web Accessibility Consultation with LSA Technology Services.