Accessible Design Top 10 List – copy of old version



  • Marcial Contreras, Accessibility Support Team Coordinator , University of Houston - Clear Lake

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: All Levels
  • Type of session: General Conference


Using the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 AA, this presentation will inform the audience of ten tips to consider when creating accessible content. These tips are not only vital to creating an accessible document for students with disabilities, but can also benefit all individuals through incorporating universal design principles.


Using the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 AA guidelines, this presentation will inform the audience of ten tips to consider when creating accessible content. We will address headings, alt text, links, tables, captions and transcripts, font styles, color contrast, input assistance, keyboard functionality, and time-based content.


  1. Universal Design can be expanded to address the design of both the learning and virtual environment.
  2. attendees will become aware of ten accessibility tips recommended by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
  3. The audience will learn about the importance of creating accessible content.

Disability Areas

All Areas, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Vision

Topic Areas

Accessible Educational Materials, Assistive Technology, Faculty Instruction/Accessible Course Design, Including Accessibility in Curriculum, Information Resources, Information Technology, Legal, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Marcial Contreras

I have been exposed to assistive technology for the last nineteen years due to the deterioration of my vision. Since June of 2016, I have been the Accessibility Support Team Coordinator at the University of Houston - Clear Lake, which assists faculty and staff in the production and delivery of accessible electronic material. In the time that I have been at UHCL, I have presented seven times on the benefits and need for accessible electronic information at state and regional conferences. I obtained my Bachelors of Science in Rehabilitation Services on December 19, 2015 from Stephen F. Austin State University. While attending SFA, in 2013, I was hired as an accessibility consultant where I trained students with disabilities how to utilize assistive technology and advocated on the importance of accessible design. In 2006, I volunteered by teaching the visually impaired at the Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center in Austin, TX.