Alt-text as poetry workshop with Shannon Finnegan

At Carleton Disability Awareness Centre, 424 University Centre

February 4, 2020

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

In this workshop, we will reframe alt-text as poetry and practice writing it together.

Alt-text is essential to web accessibility because it makes visual content accessible to people who are blind or have low vision. How can we approach alt-text creatively?

This workshop is free and everyone is welcome. We’ll have snacks!

The workshop uses a slide presentation, which will be read aloud and described. Large-print worksheets are provided. You can bring a laptop or tablet if you prefer to type or dictate.

Three exercises involve describing 8.5” x 11″ images, which will range in contrast and complexity. The exercises involve writing 2-3 sentences in 5-10 minutes, but you don’t need to finish to participate in the discussion. One exercise asks you to use an image from your phone or describe something in the room.

To receive workshop materials in advance, please email Shannon Finnegan.

For accommodation requests, please email Fiona Wright.


Shannon Finnegan is a Brooklyn-based artist and activist who makes work about accessibility and disability culture. Visit her website.

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