Digital Accessibility Resources

Improve the accessibility of your digital content—such as websites, multimedia, and classroom materials—with these best practices and resources.

  • Digital Accessibility Tipslearn more about digital best practices, such as adding alt text to images, converting image text to usable text, and more
  • Improving User Experience & Accessibility on Zoombest practices for increasing accessibility in virtual meetings and class sessions
  • WAVE (Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool): suite of free evaluation tools that helps authors make their web content more accessible to individuals with disabilities
  • Web AIM Color Contrast Checker: Using the correct color contrast ratio makes text legible for users with low vision, vision impairments, and different types of color blindness.
  • Web Accessibility Easy Checkssimple steps to see whether website accessibility is addressed in the most basic ways, such as text size, color contrast, and more. For a more comprehensive approach, please refer to Techniques for WCAG 2.1
  • Web Development and Content Resourcesresources and support for creating accessible websites and web-based software developed or utilized by the University; multimedia, such as infographics and videos; electronic documents, such as presentations and forms; electronic instructional materials; and more

Create Accessible Documents with Microsoft Word

The best way to make content accessible is to create it with accessibility in mind. Use these tips as a basic guide for creating accessible documents in Microsoft Word.

Creating Accessible PDF Documents

PDF files are created in various programs (Word, Excel, InDesign, etc.) and the best way to create an accessible PDF is to make the document accessibly from the beginning in the original application. However, Adobe Acrobat Pro allows us to evaluate, repair, and enhance the accessibility of existing PDF files and can be a great tool to learn what steps were missing when the initial document was created.

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