Create Accessible Documents in Word & PowerPoint (WebAIM Certificate)

Scheduled at 9:00am in Cotton Creek II on Tuesday, November 19 (2019).



  • George Joeckel, Online Training Program Manager, Utah State University / WebAIM

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 5-6-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: Pre-conference


Participants in this full-day workshop will review the fundamentals of creating accessible documents in three ubiquitous applications: Microsoft Word & PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat Professional. Participants will also be enrolled in an online, independent-study, video-based course that will cover the workshop materials in greater detail.


In this full-day workshop participants will learn principles and best practices for creating documents with accessible content and structure in Microsoft Word & PowerPoint, on Windows and Mac operating systems. Participants will also learn how to use built-in checkers and a manual checklist to evaluate the accessibility of documents created in these programs. Finally, participants will learn how to use Adobe Acrobat Professional to optimize PDFs generated from well-structured Word and PowerPoint documents.

Participants will be enrolled in a video-based online course to reinforce and extend the content covered in the workshop. This independent-study course contains four modules, and each module requires between two and four hours of course activity to complete. Participants who demonstrate their mastery of the course materials through quizzes and exams will receive a Certificate of Completion.


  1. Visual, Auditory, Motor, and Cognitive disabilities can impact the use of electronic documents.
  2. Document creators can optimize accessibility by following principles and implementing best practices.
  3. Most PDFs generated from well-structured documents still require optimization in Acrobat Professional.

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Accessible Educational Materials, Assistive Technology, Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

George Joeckel

George is the Online Training Program Manager at WebAIM. He has a master’s degree in instructional psychology and technology, and over 20 years of teaching experience. Since 2008, he has developed online courses at Utah State University, and he joined the WebAIM team at the end of 2015. The Accessible Documents video-based course went online in July 2018. By the close of 2020, more than 2,000 independent-study learners will have participated in the training.