"The goal of accessibility is creating equal access for all."
What is Accessibility?
- It's a word to describe whether people with disabilities have the same access to something (in this case digital information) that is available to people without disabilities.
- The goal of accessibility is creating equal access for all.
- See the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
For instance, you'll want to make sure your content is accessible to someone who is blind by thinking of how the computer screen reader program will identify your content for the reader. Someone who cannot see must rely on the screen reader to describe an image on your page so you always want to include Alt Text in your images. Just like someone who cannot hear needs to be able to read captions on videos.
Tips to ensure that your email signature is accessible
Email signatures are essential, professional, and should definitely be legible. Digital accessibility means that everyone should have access to digital information.
- Avoid using colored text. Low color contrast between text and its background can make it hard to read.
- Avoid using email stationery. Applying stationery to your emails can cause color contrast issues, making content hard to read.
- Always use alternative text. Be sure to include descriptive Alt Text tags in images. Hover over any image on this page to see its Alt Text.
- Stick with an easy-to-read font like Calibri or Times New Roman. Avoid cursive fonts.
Tools to help
- Visit the Plano ISD Hotspot Website's Accessibility channel for an accessibility checklist, how-tos for making images, documents, and videos compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design.
- Install the WAVE Chrome Extension to run accessibility checks easily from the web.
Questions? Need training?
Please contact the Digital Learning Team (Clara, Fern, Leah, and Nancy) with questions and/or to schedule staff or individual accessibility training. We can help make it easy for you! We want to be sure our digital content is accessible considering that we communicate with parents and the community via our pisd.edu staff web pages and via email.