Conference Light Resources

Welcome to WIDs Conference Accessibility ‘Light’ resources page.

On this page, you will find conference accessibility resources to assist organizers and participants in having a conference that is accessible and welcoming to the disability community.

Due to the 2020 pandemic, many conferences went virtual, and this page reflects that with promising practices that are specific to the virtual environment, with simple tips for big accessibility impact.

General Accessibility and Etiquette Guides

Below are some general strategies and tips that will help assure the environment and speakers are accessible to an audience inclusive of people with disabilities.

Check out our video “5 Steps for Accessible Presentations”, a great resource to share with speakers, facilitators, and partners.

Every event needs a web presence – and an accessible one makes it possible for people with disabilities to register and attend. To learn about our top 10 web accessibility tips, watch our new video:

Select the photos below to see a preview of the guide, and select the links to download an accessible PDF of the document.

Links to download: General Accessibility

Plain Language Guidelines

Below are some resources about the importance of plain language. Plain language is typically targeted at the cognitive disability categories. However, it has been found that these guidelines help a variety of disability categories as well as non-disabled individuals.

Select the photos below to see a preview of the guide, and select the links to download an accessible PDF of the document.

Accessible conferences must-haves and tips

Links to Download: Plain Language Guidelines

Platform-Specific Accessibility Information

A very important first step in hosting a virtual event is choosing the platform that your event will be held on. Platforms have varying levels of accessibility innately, as well as integration capabilities. In this portion of the resources, we offer guidance and information about each system and curated links to accessibility-specific information about these capabilities. 

Select the photos below to see a preview of the guide, and select the links to download an accessible PDF of the document.

Links to download: Platform-Specific Accessibility


External Resource List

To learn more about any of the above topics, we have curated this list of links to general resources for hosting accessible virtual events.

Virtual Conference Best Practices

Zoom

Webex

Adobe Connect

Microsoft Teams

Google Meet

Windows

macOS