Microsoft Word *
Creating Accessible Documents

Course Overview

In this course, students will learn about accessiblity requirements in document creation and will create Microsoft Word documents accessible to those with vision, motor and cognitive impairments. Various tools will be used in Microsoft Word to establish accessibility items and then a PDF document will be generated from the Word file.
*Note: This course applies to Word 2007/2010/2013/2016


Course InformationRelated Training

Duration: One-Day Course
Platform: Windows
Fee: Call for information

We recommend one to eight people for this course.

Course Content Download PDF (57kb)


Layout and Formatting

Lists and Bullets

Using Styles in Microsoft Word for Tagging

Visual Elements



Sensory Characteristics

Hyperlinks and Bookmarks

Creating Templates with Accessible Elements

Checking for Issues

Conversion to PDF

Making Changes in Acrobat (Optional)

Application Overview: Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word lets you create files are viewed electronically. Governments and industries around the world are implementing policies that require electronic and information technology to be accessible to people with disabilities. Depending on your accessibility requirements, you may use Microsoft Word features to adjust layout and formatting including fonts, colour, lists and bullets, heading styles and paragraph styles. Tables, Charts, hyperlinks and bookmarks also have special considerations with accessibility.

Microsoft Office also has a tool for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint called the Accessibility Checker is available that you can use to check your Word documents for any issues that might make it challenging for a user with a disability.

With Microsoft Word you can convert a document to PDF format, while maintaining some accessibility features and functions.

Users: Admin, Creative, Engineering, Finance, Legal, Marketing and IT Professionals as well as anyone who needs create, edit, assemble, publish and distribute electronic documents with accessible content.