Document Accessibility Courses Available

“According to the CDC, one in every four Americans is living with a disability… Add in the disabilities that come from aging—such as vision and hearing loss, or cognitive disabilities like dementia—and what soon becomes clear is that on a long enough timeline, accessibility will be important to everyone.” (from “Why Accessibility is the Future of Tech”)

This is why accessibility for websites, digital documents, and videos is critical to ensure everyone in your target audience can perceive, understand, navigate, and engage with your message—and ultimately, to increase the reach of NCAR science. Accessibility is important for all types of digital documents, including PDFs, Word documents, electronic forms, and ePubs.

The information in this training is not only for web content creators and designers; it’s also beneficial for researchers, administrative assistants, program managers, directors, and human resources staff who work with electronic forms. As you start thinking about your next set of performance goals, consider improving your document accessibility skills. These courses make it easy!


Creating Accessible Documents in Microsoft Office

  • 25 minutes
  • For anyone who creates Microsoft Word Documents, PowerPoints, or Excel Spreadsheets


Creating Accessible PDFs

  • 287 minutes
  • For anyone who creates PDF documents (or basic documents in Word and InDesign that are meant to be turned into PDFs).


Advanced Accessible PDFs

  • 150 minutes
  • For anyone who creates PDF forms (or complex Word and InDesign documents that are meant to be turned into PDFs).


EPUB Accessibility Using InDesign

  • 161 minutes
  • For anyone using InDesign to create EPUB files.


In case you missed it, see the links below for previously posted courses, and stay tuned for details about an additional course related to video accessibility.  


Questions? Contact the Web Accessibility Team at

Announcement Timing: 
Friday, May 29, 2020 to Friday, June 12, 2020

Posted by Web Accessibility Team at ext. 8601,

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