Last updated September 3rd, 2020

Creating Accessible Poster PDFs

With a little bit of attention and minimal extra effort, you can make sure that vision-impaired visitors can still access and learn all of the important work in your poster!

Some high-level items to keep in mind:

  • Make sure text has sufficient contrast against the background.
  • Add brief text alternatives to pictures and charts.
  • Use column groups for text, instead of tabs to align content
  • Many more detailed considerations can be found through the National Center on Disability and Access to Education

NCDAE has handy one-page guides to creating accessible documents:

Accessibility Support Services

The Virtual Poster Session Support team is available to support users from the disability community with our products. Support includes accessibility features, functionalities, and assistive technology. We have the following support options available:

If you don't have an urgent need, but wish to make suggestions or comments on our accessibility features, please do not hesitate to share your feedback with us!

Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT)

This Voluntary Product Accessibility Template, or VPAT, is a tool that administrators and decision-makers can use to evaluate for conformance with the accessibility standards under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and WCAG 2.0 AA.

We have compiled a Voluntary Product Accessibility conformance report (372kb PDF) using the VPAT standards. As of this writing, the report is applicable to the visitor- and presenter-facing portions of the site only, and not to the organizer-facing administrative pages.

We are continuing to test against section 508 and WCAG for the organizer-facing pages, and hope to compile an updated VPAT when complete. If you would like to be informed of these updates, please contact us to receive a copy.