Accessible Documents – Self-Guided Tutorial

Image of a document being signedCreating documents with accessibility in mind helps a variety of learners. Students with visual disabilities may need to use a screen reading device, which needs to have ADA friendly documents to ensure the device can read the content to the student. Other elements, such as tables and links, can help everyone by having greater descriptiveness.

Many tools, like Microsoft Word, have built-in features that help with creating accessible and well-composed documents.

This self-guided tutorial focuses on Microsoft Word for Office 365.


Please review the following eight tasks. Each item will open in a new window/tab, allowing you to review the item’s content without losing this page. Close the item’s tab to return to this page and move on to the next item in the list.

  1. Read What is Accessibility?
  2. Review Making Word Documents Accessible.
  3. View Microsoft’s Word Accessibility resources, comprised of videos and step by step instructions.
  4. Review Tools to Check Color Contrast.
  5. (Optional) Review Accessible Math for Documents and Presentations.
  6. Review Converting Word Documents to Accessible PDFs.
  7. Enroll in the Accessibility Self-Guided Tutorials site.
  8. In the site, complete the activity: Accessible Documents Activity

Alternatively, you can download the Accessible Documents – Self-Guided Tutorial Printable Guide as a PDF. It includes the first six steps listed. The seventh task, Accessible Document Activity, must be completed through its link.