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20NTC Session

Everyday Accessibility: How Everyone Can Make Digital Products More Accessible


When was the last time you thought about the colors of a graph you created in Microsoft Word? Have you ever taken a look at the item order on your Google Slides besides if it blocks another element?Digital accessibility is about more than just adding code for screen readers on your website. It is about ensuring that every product eliminates barriers for people with disabilities. And that includes documents, presentations, and other media besides your website. You don’t need to be a web developer to make digital accessible! Learn tricks to make documents and presentations made with Microsoft and Google more accessible. We’ll cover data visualization, color choices, alternative text, and other formatting

Target Audience

Marketing and communications staff, Non-developers,


AccessibilityDigital InclusionHands-On


Laura Patch

Digital Product Manager

Sierra Club

Laura is a digital product manager at the Sierra Club, where she helps implement tools for grassroots activists to engage their communities on a breadth of environmental issues. At the Sierra Club, she works with digital content producers, developers, and organizers to improve the accessibility of those tools so everyone can participate in the movement.

With a Master’s in Communication, Culture, and Technology and a Bachelor’s in Political Science, Laura has been working in the political power of digital space and on the importance of diverse voices in that arena for most of her career. She previously worked at (formerly Anita Borg Institute), which hosts the Grace Hopper Celebration and the Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement. She consults for ChIPs Network, Leadhership1, and SocioFabrica. Laura is a Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies, a certificate available from the International Association of Accessible Professionals.





March 26, 2020


1:00pm – 1:30pm



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