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

When presenting: Don’t assume individuals can read what is presented on the slide. Describe charts/graphs or other graphics, and read content aloud if it’s not incorporated into your speech.  Ensure you are using good color contrast for easy viewing Videos should have captions and captions should be turned on If you are providing handouts: