How to Create Accessible Learning Content Supporting DEI

April 5, 2023
4 minutes
Susi Miller joins #IDIODC

When you hear about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives, how often do you associate them with accessibility? Probably not immediately, right? But when you see it, your brain says "of course"!  

Accessibility conversations are often discussed as a separate initiative, when in reality, creating accessible learning content is exactly what DEI programs are all about. Perhaps we should add another letter, and begin calling these programs Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility?

For enterprise-wide initiatives, that's probably a little outside of a training department's sphere of influence. However, designing and developing learning content that is accessible is exactly part of our charter, and it's within our control. So, of course, we should be doing everything we can to make the best accessible learning content we can.

Susi Miller returned as our guest to discuss more of her insights and experiences related to creating accessible learning content. We talked about common pitfalls and mistakes organizations are still making with accessibility, and how focusing on accessibility can actually improve your learning designs for everyone.

Our Summer of '21 episode with Susi turned out to be one of our most watched episodes that season. Now's your chance to see why, and level up your accessibility game as part of your latest learning strategy.

Book Link: Designing Accessible Learning Content Best Practices

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About Susi Miller

Susi Miller is an industry leading expert on accessible learning design and the founder and director of eLaHub ( She is the author of Designing Accessible Learning Content - A practical guide to applying best-practice accessibility standards to L&D resources, published by Kogan Page.  

Susi has more than 30 years L&D experience in the public, private and not-for profit sector. She is a skilled instructional designer and online course developer and a passionate advocate for digital accessibility. Her accessible learning content has been shortlisted for the Learning Technologies Awards.


Instructional Designers in Offices Drinking Coffee (affectionately known as IDIODC) is a weekly live videocast and podcast that helps instructional designers with pain points and provides best practices and industry insight.  

Every Wednesday morning at 10am ET hosts Brent Schlenker and Chris Van Wingerden guide us through an upbeat and candid conversation with their guests from the elearning and training world. The live cast session encourages peers to participate in the chat and share their own personal insight! After airing live, you can catch the learning podcast on all major streams such as Spotify, Apple and Google Play podcasts, as well as on YouTube.

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