Electronic documents linked on a Brandeis website must be made accessible before they are uploaded and distributed. This ensures that users of assistive technology can access the information within the document.

Before you get started, ask yourself: can the content be made into a web page instead of uploaded as a document? Documents should be uploaded to the website sparingly. 

Review the steps for each type of file below. For more advanced assistance, please sign up for training.

Microsoft Word

Many of the tools built-in to Word not only help you, they make your document more accessible.


PDFs are a created from a variety of applications, so achieving accessibility often begins with the source document.

Scanned Content

Some scanners on campus can produce more accessible PDFs compared to others.


There are best practices to consider when designing a presentation, even if you don't put the file online.