Document Accessibility Course

Course Overview

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.

New cohorts start on the first Monday of each month.*

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* Unless there is a U.S. holiday that week.

On-site Document Accessibility Training

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.

Course Format

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.

Learning Activity Previews

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
  • 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.

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

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

Group Enrollments

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 Pricing

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

Service Licenses provide additional benefits to organizations training larger groups (e.g., monthly progress reports and eighteen-month enrollment/completion periods). Service licenses are available for 1000 participants or more.

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