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20NTC Session

Accessibility & Inclusion for Content Producers


As justice-oriented organizations, nonprofits have a responsibility to make their content available to everyone, regardless of identity or ability. Ensuring your digital content is accessible involves stakeholders across your organization—not just developers. Content producers and marketers play a huge role in whether or not content is reaching the largest possible audience. Are you paying enough attention to accessibility in your content creation process?

Improving the universality of your content will also:

  • Improve SEO
  • Increase video engagement
  • Remove jargon and make content more understandable to everyone
  • Provide users with more scannable, structured content
  • Make it easier to implement accessibility improvements in the future

In this session, we will cover the key accessibility topics all content producers should be familiar with, and give you ideas for your own organization, including:

  • Alt-text
  • Video captions and transcripts
  • Plain language
  • Social media best practices
  • Formalizing accessibility guidelines
  • Accessibility and print materials

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand key accessibility concerns as they relate to content creation
  • Take advantage of available tools and resources for creating accessible content, including writing in plain language and captioning videos
  • Develop strategies for implementing accessible content in their organizations

Target Audience

Content producers, marketing staff, or anyone hoping to deepen their understanding of accessibility and content.


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Rachel Crawford


The Constellation Collective

Rachel is a content and digital strategist, project manager, writer, and accessibility advocate with over 13 years’ experience helping nonprofits and companies of all sizes communicate more effectively.

She served as Executive Director of desigNYC — a nonprofit founded by Ed Schlossberg, Wendy Goodman, Deborah Berke, and Michelle Mullineaux — which brought designers and architects together with local nonprofits for pro bono projects focused on improving the lives of New Yorkers.

Previously, Rachel was a Partner at Carbone Smolan Agency, a branding and design firm with a 40-year history of building lasting brands. While there, she led a massive website overhaul for Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, complete brand identity redesigns for companies like Sullivan & Cromwell and Taubman, and a signage and wayfinding project for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles.

Rachel is a Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC).

Michele Lunsford

U.S. Senior Digital Marketing & Communications Officer

Humanity & Inclusion

Michele is the U.S. senior digital marketing and communications officer at Humanity & Inclusion. She works to ensure that HI’s digital footprint reflects the organization’s programmatic and advocacy priorities, and encourages globally minded Americans to add their voices and their donor dollars to fuel the organization’s critical efforts. She develops the digital strategy, and coordinates across the global network to balance American campaigns with the organization’s global message priorities. She manages the daily engagement across Humanity & Inclusion’s website and social media channels, ensuring that all digital content is clear, accurate, accessible, and most of all, compelling—important levers to complement media relations work, and to encourage more Americans to lean in.

Previously, she worked for the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), where she managed media relations and the digital communications around their annual meeting and promotion of publications. Michele serves as a founder and volunteer of the College Park Community Food Bank, and as a board member and web manager of a preschool in a Washington, DC suburb. She received her Master’s in Strategic Communications from American University in 2012. She hails from Pennsylvania, but resides in Silver Spring, MD with her husband and their two children.

Megan Canning


The Constellation Collective

Megan is a communications strategist and visual artist with nearly 15 years’ experience leading external communications and brand strategy for nonprofit art and design organizations.

Before co-founding The Constellation Collective, Megan directed brand strategy, external communications, and special projects for the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, an artist-endowed foundation with a vibrant artist residency, robust philanthropy program, and an active legacy department. While there, she spearheaded a global cause-licensing initiative in partnership with MoMA, Skateroom, Tate Modern, Warby Parker, and West Elm; partnered with the White House and Artsy on a national video competition; and worked with the BBC on a new documentary about the artist, among many other projects.

Prior to joining the Rauschenberg Foundation, Megan was the Deputy Director of the Design Trust for Public Space. There she worked on a diverse range of projects — from urban agriculture and sustainability policy to fashion production and the design of the NYC taxicab — and led all external communications, including the design, strategy, and production of project deliverables such as websites, exhibitions, and print publications. In 2013 she led a complete branding refresh of the organization, including the creation of a new mission, vision, and values statements, a complete overhaul of the design, development, and content for, and an update of the visual identity and marketing materials.





March 26, 2020


10:30am – 11:45am



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