How to design and create accessible documents and contribute to barrier-free education

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Presented at 11:15am in Lakehouse on Wednesday, November 14, 2018.



  • Lars Ballieu Christensen, Senior Advisor, SensusAccess
  • Tanja Stevns, Special Education Teacher, Sensus Aps

Session Details

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


This presentation will present how to design and create accessible documents and explain why this is important if we want to aid the process of providing barrier-free education for all. In addition, accessible documents can be re-purposed! Both presenters have a vast experience in the field of accessibility and will share their tips, tricks and resources.


If documents are designed and created in an accessible way, we can ensure that they can be used by as many people as possible with and without the use of assistive technology. Although doing just that is quite simple, few people do. Another bonus by creating acccessible documents, is that they can be re-purposed for making alternate formats! The presenters would like to share their vast experience and offer tips, tricks and resources to ease the process of creating such accessible educational material. Working as an accessibility expert for the government of Denmark, The European Commission and private companies for more than 30 years, Dr. Lars Christensen has a good understanding of what usually goes wrong and simple ways to remediate non-accessible material. Tanja Stevns, special education teacher, has worked 27 years with students with print impairments, parents, teachers, educators, administrators and knows hands-on the issues related to having to deal with inaccessible teaching material.


  1. Designing accessible education material
  2. Creating accessible documents
  3. Re-purposing accessible documents for alternate formats

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Alternate Format, Teaching about Accessibility in Curriculum, Uncategorized, Web/Media/App Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Lars Ballieu Christensen

Lars Ballieu Christensen (born 1963) works with technology and design for people with special needs. He advises government, organizations, academic institutions and companies on accessibility and inclusive design. Furthermore, he is the inventor of a range of innovative technologies that support inclusion and self-sufficiency amongst people with special needs, including the award-winning RoboBraille service. Lars holds master degrees in computer science and journalism, as well as a Ph.D. degree in computer science, all from the University of Roskilde, Denmark.

Tanja Stevns

Tanja Stevns (born 1967) works with education and technology to support inclusion of people with disabilities. With more than 25 years experience working at the Danish National Center for Blind and Partially Sighted Children and Youth, Tanja is a special education teacher and speech therapist, specializing in visual impairment and general learning disorders.


Creating Accessible Documents - AHG - November 2018 (en)