Accessibility Ambassadors: Accessibility and Typography

Many people with dyslexia, ADHD, or low vision benefit from accessible typography. John O'Neill, a faculty member in the UMD Department of Art & Design, will cover what typography is and the basics of how people read. You will learn some best practices and principles of typography that will make your documents more accessible and inclusive. This presentation is for anyone who wants to know how to format text for the best reading experience possible, whether for a web page or a Google document.

John’s design practice consists of communication design, researching design processes and methods to best achieve accessibility, and photography that explores urban and rural environments. He has exhibited his award-winning design and photography work nationally and internationally. He is also a published author and has presented nationally and internationally regarding graphic design, user experience, sensory design, and accessibility.

In his presentation, John will draw on 15 years of teaching experience. Before coming to UMD, he taught graphic design at Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia State University, and Chowan University. He earned a BFA in graphic design from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts and an MFA in graphic design from the Rochester Institute of Technology College of Design.

November session: Accessibility and Typography Thursday, November 16, noon-1 p.m.

Registration for this session is required. Let us know if you are attending. By default, we enable auto-captioning in the webinar. Please let us know what additional accommodations we can provide. Two weeks notice (November 2) will help us to better fulfill requests. This session will be recorded, captioned, and shared with the Google Group.

About Accessibility Ambassadors

Accessibility Ambassadors is a group of University employees from across all campuses who are passionate about making U of M digital resources more accessible online. They bring different skills, strengths, and backgrounds, but all want to create an inclusive and accessible community at the U of M.

They host events to teach, advocate, and discuss digital accessibility topics and strive to be resources for the University community.

To learn about more accessibility-related events at the University of Minnesota, please visit Accessible U.

For more information about the Ambassadors, join the Google Group or send an email to: