What is it?

Creating accessible documents helps all learners by ensuring that they are able to read, hear, and see all the information included in a presentation or document. Creating accessible documents includes using colour contrast appropriately, fonts such as Verdana and Arial, clear language principles, alternate formats, and other methods.

What are the benefits?

Accessible documents help make documents easier to read, view, or listen to (using assistive technology). Creating accessible documents help everyone, not just those with vision, hearing or auditory disabilities. They help make your information more clear, readable, and engaging! 

What UDL principle does it meet?

It meets the Principle of Providing Multiple Means of Representation, however, it has the potential to meet all three.

Examples and Resources:

Creating accessible Microsoft Word documents by WebAIM

Accessibility Features in Microsoft 2010 by Microsoft including the Accessibility Checker and add-ins

How to create accessible MS Excel documents by the Accessible Digital Office Document Project

How to create accessible PowerPoint 2007 documents by the Accessible Digital Office Document Project

How to create accessible PowerPoint 2010 documents by the Accessible Digital Office Document Project

How to create accessible Word 2007 documents by the Accessible Digital Office Document Project

How to create accessible Word 2010 documents by the Accessible Digital Office Document Project