Course material documents (such as syllabi, readings and rubrics) should be made accessible before they are distributed electronically to students. This ensures that users of assistive technology can access the information within the document.

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

Scanned readings

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

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.