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Accessibility Resources for Universal Design

This page provides links to web resources available for faculty to implement in their courses. Our goal is provide faculty with access to resources to that will allow them to proactively create a more universally accessible learning environment that will benefit a broader range of learners.

What is Accessibility?

In laymen’s terms, accessibility means the “ability to access”. We often refer to accessibility when discussing persons with disabilities, whether physical or learning. When preparing course documents, it is important to consider the perspective of your audience to ensures that all learners have access to your course materials.

Helpful Resources to Make Microsoft Office Documents Accessible

Microsoft Office (for PC) has an “Accessibility Checker” tool which allows you to run an accessibility scan of your document and provide you with a report of how you can improve any discovered accessibility issues.  The following resources demonstrate how to use Microsoft Office's Accessibility Checker feature:
NOTE: This Accessibility Checker feature is not yet available for Microsoft Office for the Mac.

Additional Accessibility Tools and Resources:

This page is maintained by the Teaching & Technology Center. Send comments and suggestions to​. Last reviewed 07/03/20.​