Stephanie Douglass
Special Education
Material Type:
Middle School
  • AEM
  • Accessibility
  • Accessible Educational Materials
  • accessibility
  • accessible-educational-materials
  • aem
    Creative Commons Attribution
    Media Formats:
    Downloadable docs

    What is ableism? How can I make more accessible content?


    This PPT goes over how those who are able-bodied need to be more mindful in our actions and sayings to those who have a disablity. Resources on how to make your content more accessible is also provided. 

    Ableism and Accessibility

    Title: Teaching with Accessibility in Mind: Inspiring Faculty to Reach Every Learner


    What does it mean to have something accessible?

    • Disability: not always visible or disclosed
    • Disability Inclusion: Making sure everybody has the same opportunities to participate in every aspect of life to the best of their abilities and desires.
    • Give examples – types of impairment
    • Stats


    • Defined: “Ableism is the discrimination of and social prejudice against people with disabilities based on the belief that typical abilities are superior. At its heart, ableism is rooted in the assumption that disabled people require ‘fixing’ and defines people by their disability. Like racism and sexism, ableism classifies entire groups of people as ‘less than,’ and includes harmful stereotypes, misconceptions, and generalizations of people with disabilities” (Eisenmenger, 2019).
    • Simulations – why not good
    • Provide examples of what ableism looks like

    Content Accessibility

    Screen Reader Demos

    Keyboard navigation

    Color Blindness


    Use of electronic devices & accessibility features

    Chart of format, barrier, accessible alternatives

    Tools & Tricks to make content accessible

    • MS & Google
    • Dictation tool
    • Web captioner
    • Transcripts
    • Accessible templates in MS & Google
    • Mp3 audio files of typed work (
    • Closed captioning on videos
    • PPT Live
    • YouDescribe – YouTube videos with audio description
    • Tools to make websites easier to read