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Accessibility 101: How to Write Alt Text and Map Participant Journeys - The Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard

July 9, 2024 @ 11:00 am 12:00 pm


Please join the MRCT Center and the Research Ethics Action Collaborative for HRPPs (REACH) for the first webinar in the Accessibility 101 series. People with disabilities are the largest minority population in the United States, yet they are often excluded from clinical trials, both as participants and as researchers. Federal regulations, such as the recently updated Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, prohibit discrimination based on disability. Many accommodations are easy and low or no cost. It is incumbent upon all of us to build accessibility into our everyday thinking, meetings, presentations, and planning.

This webinar will feature two interactive exercises in which participants will learn:

  • Basic information about disability statistics and disability rights, and, as shown through the Accessibility by Design in Clinical Research Toolkit, different types of support that you can readily implement.
  • How to find the Check Accessibility and Alt Text features in PowerPoint and write appropriate Alt Text.
  • How to map out the participant’s (and family caregiver’s or supporter’s) journey from different disability perspectives, from getting to/into the site location, navigating within the site to the different areas they must access, and interacting with different forms of medical equipment and technology.

More Information about REACH

Research Ethics Action Collaborative for HRPPs (REACH) is an initiative spearheaded by the MRCT Center, AAHRPP, PRIM&R, and Mass General Brigham to curate, align, and disseminate tools to advance access to and inclusion in research—for all potential participants–tailored for Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), Human Research Protection Programs (HRPPs), and the broader community. Click here to learn more.