PDF Documents

Accessible Course Materials

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

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. 

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

Testing Accessibility of your content

Web Accessibility Validation Tools

Siteimprove (UA License) WAVE Web Accessibility Tool Complete List of Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools Human testing is crucial. Use multiple screen readers and testing methodologies to ensure accessibility across a wide spectrum.