Document Accessibility Course
WebAIM is pleased to offer an online course to teach key accessibility techniques for Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Adobe Acrobat Professional. This course provides the critical accessibility knowledge and skills needed by many. Web development or design skills are not required.
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If you have a team that needs training, we can come to your location and provide a 1/2 or full-day document accessibility training customized to your needs. Learn more about our on-site training options.
This online, video-based, independent-study course is offered in Canvas Catalog and requires between two and four hours of course activity each week, for four consecutive weeks. Participants who demonstrate their mastery of the course materials through weekly quizzes and exams will receive a Certificate of Completion. These certificates will allow individuals and/or organizations to document training and proficiency in creating accessible web documents in common formats.
Below is the content covered in the course. You can preview the linked Learning Activities.
Module 1: Document Content
Focus: Basic principles and processes for creating accessible document content in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint documents.
- Section 1: Overview of Document Accessibility
- Section 2: Images
- Section 3: Hyperlinks
- Accessible Hyperlinks
- Adding and Editing Hyperlinks
- Section 4: Contrast & Color Reliance
- Section 5: Simple and Clear Writing, Readability, and Legibility
Module Two: Document Structure
Focus: Basic principles and processes to create accessible document structure in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint documents.
- Section 1: Headings in Word
- Section 2: Layouts & Templates in PowerPoint
- Themes, Templates & Layouts
- Reading Order & Principles of Accessible Presentations
- Section 3: Lists & Columns
- Section 4: Data Tables
Module Three: Evaluating Accessibility & Creating PDFs
Focus: Built-in Accessibility Checkers, Manual Accessibility Evaluation, Adobe PDFMaker, and Adobe Acrobat.
- Section 1: Evaluating Accessibility
- Section 2: Practicing Evaluation & Repair
- Section 3: Creating PDFs
- Creating PDFs: Introduction
- Creating PDFs: Windows
- Creating PDFs: Mac
Module Four: Optimizing PDFs in Acrobat
Focus: Acrobat Professional configured to review and optimize a PDF exported from a well-structured Microsoft Word or Microsoft PowerPoint document.
- Section 1: Introduction
- Section 2: Check Accessibility
- Section 3: Reading Order Tool
- Section 4: Content and Tags Reading Order
Course Enrollment and Pricing
The course fee is $125. The Canvas Catalog system allows individual participants to self-enroll in the next available four-week session.
Group Participation Options
Organizations can purchase group enrollments in increments of 100. WebAIM will provide enrollment codes that will allow individual participants to self-enroll over a twelve-month period. Individual participants must complete the course during her or his scheduled four-week session.
|Group Size||Registration Fee||Discount|
|100 to 250||$100 each||20%|
|251 to 500||$75 each||40%|
|501 to 1000||$50 each||60%|
Contact us for pricing for larger groups (e.g., 5000 participants are $25 each).
Service Licenses provide additional benefits to organizations training larger groups (e.g., quarterly reports on course completions and eighteen-month enrollment/completion periods). Service licenses are available for 1000 participants or more.
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