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Creating Accessible Content in Microsoft Office 2013

| Proposal No: 1942

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  • Kim Phillips, Manager, Marketing Programs, Level Access
  • Brenda Roukey, Account Manager, SSB BART Group

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Length of Session (in hours): 1-hrFormat: Lecture Expertise Level: BeginnerType of session: Not provided

Summary of Session

This session will guide content authors in creating accessible documents, spreadsheets and presentations using Microsoft Office 2013 Word, Excel and PowerPoint.


Microsoft Office programs have many helpful accessibility features that both make it easier for people with disabilities to use these products, and, for authors to create more accessible content. This talk will cover key topics related to accessible content creation including: •Preparing the native document - When a document will be used in a different format, such as being converted to Adobe PDF, it is best to ensure that the native file is as accessible as possible before conversion. •Creating templates - Master templates are used to define an accessible layout and content of a document/presentation and can be used by people who may not have accessibility training. •Page Structure and Navigation - Navigating and locating content can be a major challenge for users who are blind, have low vision, or have cognitive disabilities. •Visual Elements-Interpreting visual content meaning can present a challenge for users who are blind, have low vision or are those with color deficiencies.


  1. The impact of creating accessible templates for use across multiple formats is significant
  2. The importance of setting the proper reading order, as well as the proper use of headings and list items
  3. The importance of textual alternatives for visual information

Speaker Bio(s)

Kim Phillips

N/A - submitter only

Brenda Roukey

As an Account Manager with over 10 years of experience, Brenda has managed a vast array of clients ranging from software development companies to financial institutions. In her current Account Management role with SSB BART Group, Brenda manages the Education vertical by providing her vast array of accessibility expertise and consulting services. Brenda is dedicated to providing educational institutions relevant information with regard to the latest laws and standards that effect IT Accessibility. She also and brings with her an immense knowledge base in accessible eLearning technologies and processes. Brenda is committed to providing clients with consultative guidance in order to help make websites, including admissions and eLearning processes, and mobile and web applications accessible for persons with disabilities.


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