May 19 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day. The day recognizes the importance of inclusion for people with disabilities and reinforces Princeton’s core values of equity and inclusion. As a campus community, we are committed to supporting accessibility in digital environments.
Where you come in
To celebrate the day, we are challenging staff to increase the accessibility of virtual meetings on May 19 — you’ll see how little it takes to make your meetings accessible to all.
Tips for accessible meetings
- Include an agenda with your meeting invitation
- Provide meeting materials in advance, if possible
- If using Zoom, turn on Zoom transcripts (closed captioning) for the meeting (make sure Zoom captions are enabled)
- If using Microsoft Teams, turn on Microsoft Teams live captions
- Avoid virtual or blurred backgrounds; don’t use virtual backgrounds with motion
- Identify yourself before speaking
- Keep slides simple
- Verbally describe any visual content on your screen like pictures, charts, or infographics.
- If using ASL interpreters on Zoom, use Zoom’s spotlight feature and record locally to ensure ASL interpreters remain on screen
Up for the challenge? Spread the word and encourage others to follow suit.