Accessibility Tools

There are many websites that have checklists for evaluating the materials you have created for accessibility and step-by-step instructions for ensuring that your materials are accessible.  We offer a couple of them here, but a search will provide many options.  If you have resources that you use and particularly like, we would like to include them.  Please email disabilityservices@gcc.mass.edu with your suggestions.

The following checklist comes from the University of Washington, a leader in accessible and universal design.  Many of the items in the checklist apply to web pages and web-based applications as well as electronic documents in Microsoft Word, Adobe PDF, and other formats, and other products and services that are not specifically web-based:  https://www.washington.edu/accessibility/checklist/

The right sidebar on the checklist page has links to instructions for:

Here’s another link on creating accessible documents from the University of Wisconsin-Madison:  https://it.wisc.edu/accessible-content-tech/create-accessible-documents/

This link for creating accessible documents and slides comes from Middlesex Community College and  seems pretty straight-forward and clear:  https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/accessibility/createacdocs.aspx

Finally, a link to “cheatsheets” from the National Center on Disability and Access to Education: https://ncdae.org/resources/cheatsheets/

These one-page accessibility resources have been developed to assist anyone who is creating accessible content, and are free resources catered to less-technical individuals. Topics include Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel; Adobe PDFs, accessible web content and YouTube captioning.