This 20-minute quick learn course was created by AMCHP staff Maura Leahy who completed the CDC E-Learning Institute Fellowship. As a part of this six-month fellowship, Maura created a course on “How to Plan an Accessible Virtual Event” using best practices in e-learning, adult learning theory, and instructional design. The course was designed for people working in the Maternal & Child Health field, but will be of interest to broader public health professionals who want to increase the accessibility of their virtual events. For questions, please email:

Course objectives:

1. Review examples of promotional materials and identify which words need to be changed to plain language (or words that most people understand).

2. Describe three elements to writing good alternative text for images.

3. Outline the steps needed to get a live captioner for a virtual event.