The Status of Digital Document Accessibility – Are We Any Closer To Inclusive Education


Scheduled at 2:15pm in Cotton Creek II on Wednesday, November 20 (2019).



  • Karen McCall, Senior Advisor, Accessible Document Design, Open Access Technologies

Session Details

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


It has been four years since the UN adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, among which is goal 4.5 Inclusive Education. This session provides an overview of the progress made toward the inclusion of people with disabilities in learning opportunities.


It has been four years since the UN adopted the Sustainable Development Goals which included goal 4.5 Inclusive Education. Since then there has been a concerted focus on inclusion in higher education and what that means. This session looks at some of the emerging models of inclusive education and how access to digital content is being moved forward through legislation and international treaties. There are still barriers to learning that are common among people with disabilities around the globe. However, within the past four to eight years, new models of document remediation and training have evolved. It is relatively easy to find information and video instruction on how to make digital content accessible. This session looks at what has been done and what has to be done to move us closer to the 2030 goal of inclusive education.


  1. Separating inclusion from accommodation - the implications of "inclusion"
  2. The effect of the Marakesh Treaty and other legislation on textbook accessibility
  3. Creating a student/academic institution collaboration toward inclusion

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Accessible Educational Materials, Administrative/Campus Policy, Assistive Technology, Research, Teaching about Accessibility in Curriculum, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Karen McCall

Karen has over 19 years experience in accessible document design beginning with accessible instructional design and moving to accessible PDF, Word and PowerPoint content in 2005. She is a former Canadian delegate to the PDF/UA committee and has been a Microsoft MVP for Word since 2009 and a Microsoft Accessibility MVP since the category was created in 2014. Her book on creating and working with accessible PDF documents, first published in 2005, is now in its fourth edition.