Accessible Content

Academic Technologies and Accessibility

Many classes at the University of Arizona employ academic technologies in the classroom. These technologies are used in all class instances including face-to-face, hybrid, and fully online instances. Listed below are academic technologies used at the UA with information specific to the accessibility of the product.

Accessible Course Materials

The world of education is changing rapidly with the advent of online, hybrid, and flipped courses.

Captioning Resources and Tutorials

Disability Resources is your first resource when using or developing audio/video materials: or 520.621.3268.

Email Accessibility

The University is committed, and in some instances, required to ensure accessibility of electronic and information technology, including electronic communication (email). Since the University relies on email as a significant vehicle for communicating important information, accessible email is essential for the inclusion and participation of all students, employees, and other members of the University community.

MS Office Accessibility - PowerPoint and Word

Techniques for Word and PowerPoint:

Add alternate text (alt text) to images and objects, this includes SmartArt graphics Hyperlink text should be easy to understand Edit the hyperlink so that it contains a title for the link along with the link's location. Consider including the link for those who are viewing a printed version of the document

PDF Accessibility

Creating an Accessible PDF

PDF files are typically created in Word, PowerPoint, or another program and converted to PDF, rather than being created with Acrobat. Therefore, the accessibility of the PDF will depend on the accessibility of the original document. Before you save your file as a PDF, ensure that your original document is designed accessibly. You can access step-by-step instructions through WebAIM. 

Website Accessibility

There are key elements to ensuring an accessible Web experience for all users. Below are tips for design your site accessibly.

Accessible Presentation Techniques

Below are some techniques to ensure your presentation is accessible to as many participants as possible. Using the concept of Universal Design, we have created a short list of items to consider as you are planning your presentation. View more information about Universal Design at the UA.

Web Accessibility validation tool available

The IT Accessibility team has been hard at work providing presentations around the campus to faculty, staff and students centered around web accessibility. The goal of these presentations are to introduce the need and importance of web accessibility around the campus and to introduce everyone to the  website accessibility validation tool we now have available for everyone’s use. The name of the product is Siteimprove.