Create Accessible Documents in Word & PowerPoint

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Speaker(s)

  • George Joeckel, Web Accessibility Specialist, Utah State University / WebAIM

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference

Summary

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.

Abstract

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.

Keypoints

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

Speaker Bio(s)

George Joeckel

George has been at Utah State University since 2008, and at WebAIM since 2015. He completed the Masters program in Instructional Psychology & Technology at Brigham Young University in 2007. His current emphases are enterprise-level website evaluations, creating accessible online courses, and creating accessible web documents. He facilitates WebAIM's online course––Accessible Documents: Word, PowerPoint, & Acrobat.