Creating Accessible PowerPoint Presentations 101

This training focuses on some basic steps to make PowerPoint presentations accessible for people with visual impairments and other disabilities. Basic rules for developing accessible PowerPoint presentations will be covered. These same rules can be applied to other applications like Microsoft Word and when creating content for websites. Accessibility means that people with disabilities can access the same things as those without a disability, whether it is a physical, cognitive, hearing, or visual impairment.

After completing this training, you will be able to:

  1. Describe why accessibility is important
  2. List six basic steps to making PowerPoint presentations accessible
  3. Use the PowerPoint Accessibility Checker to identify and fix accessibility issues

This workshop is suitable for anyone producing a presentation using PowerPoint.

Creating Accessible Word Documents 101 (1 hour)

Pre-requisites: Basic knowledge and experience using a current version of Microsoft Word for Windows

This foundational training is appropriate for anyone interested in learning basic Word document accessibility. This training will include a discussion of why document accessibility matters. Participants will learn about Word styles including heading and list styles, making thoughtful decisions around using color and other text formatting, ensuring that images are accessible, and utilizing Word’s built-in Accessibility Checker. The rationale for including these important accessibility features will be explained and the steps necessary to apply these formatting attributes will be shown. Practices that document authors should avoid and features that are preserved when converting from Word to PDF format will also be addressed. A screen reader demonstration will provide participants with a better understanding of how document accessibility can impact an end user’s experience. Attendees will receive a detailed electronic resource with step-by-step instructions for future reference.

After completing this training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe why document accessibility matters and how it contributes to more inclusive communications
  • Explain the importance of headings, lists, color and text formatting considerations, and accessible images
  • Apply heading and list styles, describe important color and text formatting considerations, and insert accessible images in Word documents
  • Locate and use Word’s built-in Accessibility Checker

Taking care of your mental health during challenging times (1 Hour)

It has been two long years and few of us could have imagined how our world would change – a global pandemic, social justice and humanitarian tensions, and even a war is added to the list. After a transformative and difficult time, we are moving cautiously forward. However, there are and have been ramifications which are proving to be lasting at work, at home and with our mental health and physical health. Many of us feel worn down, even burned out by the continued stress. During this webinar, a range of key actions and best practices leaders and staff can take to practice wellness & resiliency during these challenges to best perform and thrive will be discussed.

After completing this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the psychological context that can empower collective understanding and personal actions to build wellness and resiliency
  2. Identify at least 3 emotional, cognitive, physical, social, spiritual and caretaking tips and strategies for staying well and resilient
  3. Find personal meaning and opportunities for growth during this unprecedented and collective experience

COMMENTS

“The presenter was very knowledgeable and had a very calming voice and way of presenting which I found very helpful.”

“I liked that it felt personal and genuine. I appreciated the reflective questions the most. The polls were great too.”

“The presenter gave effective tips for creating boundaries between work and life.”

Key Takeaways

“My company wants me to be healthy so I can be a better person and employee.”

“The explanations about the good relaxing effect of breathing through the mouth with a sound on the brain and the connections between stress and negative effects on the body, the production of toxic and non-toxic hormones.”

“Remember to get out every day. Calm is a superpower.”

Supporting Employees with Mental Health Challenges (1 hour)

Supporting employees with mental health challenges is a return on investment as mental health disorders cost the global economy $1 trillion each year in lost productivity. Despite this fact, workplaces and supervisors struggle on how to balance support and success for their employees who are dealing with mental health conditions.

A detailed range of key actions and best practices leaders can take to assist employees with mental health conditions to perform and thrive will be discussed.

After attending this workshop, supervisors and staff will be able to:

  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of a mental health condition in the workplace
  • Utilize key conversation strategies to assist employees to seek assistance
  • Collaborate on potential workplace reasonable accommodations
  • Identify key messaging and language to promote the mental health of all employees and create a work culture that is inclusive and supportive

This workshop is suitable for human resources staff and general supervisors/leadership.

Evaluation Comments

“Practical information about how mental health issues manifest in observable behavior, and how to respond in a way that is supportive and helpful. The speaker was excellent.”

“I loved that the training gave ways for Leaders/HR to assist employees, however it also shed light that it’s up to the individual to open up as well.”

“I think everybody can relate to what was presented in one way or another.”

“Good mixture of content with both current research ideas + employment law considerations intermingled; very knowledgeable and trusted presenter.”

Key Takeaways:

“We can do more to actively communicate that mental health is health (and that we’ll treat it that way as employers).”

“I had an aha! moment and realized how the continued stress, isolation from family/friends and separation from my church is impacting me and that I need to take self-care more seriously.”

“The eight dimensions of wellness. Never occurred to me there were so many other forms of wellness other than just mental. They all affect the mental.”

“That mental health is a serious thing and we shouldn’t be afraid of talking about it.”

Neurodiversity in the Workplace

When we typically think about diversity, we usually consider race, gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. Disabilities like autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, and learning disabilities are also part of what makes our workplaces diverse. This workshop expands upon the conventional understanding of these “hidden disabilities” by applying the strength-based perspective of Neurodiversity (valuing differences in how people think and learn). In this training, you will gain an understanding of the autism spectrum and ADHD through a strength-based lens. Throughout interactive group exercises and discussion, you will learn how to recognize and address systemic barriers to employment and access this unique talent pipeline. You will also learn how to build a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace culture that is supportive of Neurodiversity.

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the Neurodiversity strength-based philosophy and how it distinguishes itself from disability-centered models and accurately define core terms of this approach.
  • Recognize and identify barriers within the workplace that limit the success of neurodiverse individuals.
  • Identify 3 practical tools to use within the workplace to address barriers and promote inclusive practices.

Evaluation Comments

“I loved the strengths-based lens of switching the deficit medical-model viewpoint to an asset-based viewpoint. So valuable for the organizational culture!”

“I was able to view neurodiversity in a different way. I appreciated the brainstorming that we did.”

“Very knowledgeable, appreciated the level of the discussion. Lot of information in a short time!”

“I really liked the reframing of neurodiversity as a strength vs. liability, the slides that showed the shifting paradigms.”

“Such an amazing session! This information can be used by everyone to help everyone.”

Supporting the Career Development of College Students with Mental Health Conditions (2 hours)

Today’s college students, also known as the iGeneration, are accomplished, tech natives and driven. Yet as many as 30% live with mental health conditions that can challenge their career path through college and beyond. This 2 hour workshop will provide employment service providers and college staff an overview of how mental health conditions can impact the educational and employment skill development of college students as well as key strategies for providers to help students achieve their main goals. Reasonable accommodations, wellness management and supervisory strategies will be discussed.

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the interconnection of academics, employment and mental health in college students
  • Gain a toolbox of strategies to help college students achieve their career goals
  • Feel empowered to communicate with students about wellness management strategies to support their career development
  • Present their personal dilemmas with students and receive consultation on best practices to support that person

This training has been approved for 2.0 Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) hours!

Disability Etiquette (1 hour)

This highly requested workshop has attendees explore and exercise best practices and tips for engaging people with all types of disabilities in both personal and professional settings. Through the use of mini-lectures, videos, and case studies, participants will be able to:

  • articulate the importance of ‘person-first’ language and demonstrate related language do’s and don’ts
  • describe basic norms for interacting with co-workers with specific types of disabilities including apparent disabilities such as vision, hearing and mobility impairments as well as mental health, learning and other non-apparent disabilities
  • practice positive and effective strategies for handling diverse situations, offering to help and avoiding offending someone

 

EVALUATION COMMENTS

“I liked the interactive nature through use of the chat box, case studies, and polling questions. Bonnie also took clear steps to make it an inclusive and safe space for learning and asking questions. It also didn’t feel rushed, which also helped make it feel like a safe space.” – Newton-Wellesley Hospital employee

“On behalf of the disAbilities Awareness Network and Wellington Management, we want to sincerely thank and express our gratitude to you for taking time to speak with us this morning about disability etiquette. We all benefitted from the engaging session and your deep expertise and took away many lessons about disabilities in the workplace, how we can have an impact by being person-first (#ATP!), and best practices for hiring. We wish you all the best in the coming months, and look forward to connecting again soon!”

“I liked the questions being asked which provokes thought and best actions. She talked a lot about proper terms to use and not use when speaking to or about a disabled person.” – Newton-Wellesley Hospital employee

“Power-packed hour. Extremely effective use of time. Fit a lot of excellent content into a narrow window.” – State Street employee

“I like that we got the opportunity to test our knowledge with the case studies.” – Boston University employee

“I think this is something that everyone, everywhere should take as a course on personal/professional growth.” – State Street employee

“That session was truly awesome and super helpful in terms of providing education and awareness for employees.  Loved all the scenarios and it’s a great way to really help folks understand etiquette around this topic.” – Shauna Thompson,  Assistant Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion- Human Resources @ Brown Brothers Harriman

 

Conducting Performance Discussions with Employees with Disabilities (1 hour)

Disability Etiquette training is recommended as a prerequisite

This targeted workshop gives clarity and confidence to supervising professionals in preparation for and during performance reviews with employees with disabilities. Participants will receive a concise review of the essentials of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), including key terms and considerations such as essential job functions and the interactive process for determining reasonable accommodations. Through the use of mini-lectures and case studies, participants will be able to:

  • address conduct issues and performance improvement plans with confidence
  • navigate the disclosure of a disability during a performance discussion and engage internal and/or external resources at appropriate times
  • manage what to do when performance does not improve

Interviewing Candidates with Disabilities (1 hour)

Disability Etiquette training is required as a prerequisite.

This targeted workshop gives clarity and confidence to hiring professionals in preparation for and during interviews with candidates with disabilities. Through the use of mini-lecture, large and small group exercises and impactful videos, participants will be able to:

  • implement a disability inclusive interview environment, mindset, and techniques
  • recognize and differentiate between interview skills and the skills to do the job
  • identify questions you can and cannot ask
  • practice when and how to discuss accommodations and the interactive process

 

EVALUATION COMMENTS

“As an HR practitioner with decades of experience, I found the training to be wonderful.” – Museum of Science employee

“The real life scenarios helped open my eyes as to the perspective of candidates with disabilities.” – State Street employee

“This should be mandatory for hiring managers and talent acquisition teams everywhere. Thank you for making us better!”

Disability Awareness: What is Disability & Why it Matters to Business (1 hour)

This highly informative module examines current disability statistics, ADA definitions, and the value proposition for employing individuals with disabilities. Together, participants collaborate and document the positive impact including individuals with disabilities in your specific organization’s recruitment and workforce development strategies has on your staff, customers, and suppliers/community. Through the use of mini-lecture, a small group interactive exercise and videos, participants will be able to:

  • challenge a personal misconception that surrounds persons with disabilities and employment
  • define disability and identify at least 3 benefits to including persons with disabilities in the workplace
  • share at least 1 disability statistic and 1 promising practice of leading employers

EVALUATION COMMENTS

 

“As a parent of a child with disabilities, I am proud to work for a company that is promoting this information and embracing this topic.” 

“You are a resource that has curated excellent content to help us. Thank you!!”

“Great start to the conversation. I wish we had more time to cover even more. We should have more of these!” – Elastic employee