Document Creators

Accessible web content is usable by all people, regardless of physical or developmental abilities or impairments.

At Brandeis, we have a responsibility to make sure everything we put online — from videos to photos to how we organize content and create links — is as accessible as possible. In these classes, you will learn why accessibility is important and how to make various types of content accessible.

Recommended for anyone who creates and publicly shares digital Word or PDF documents via web or email, but does not use the CMS.

Training options

Trainings are held in accessible rooms when available. If there currently isn't a session available in an accessible room, please contact us and we can request alternate locations to hold the training or set up more sessions.

Document creators workshop: MS Word & PDF

Recommended for those who do not use the CMS.
2 hours

Requires access to Microsoft Word 2016 and Acrobat Pro DC. Software is available for use in the Goldfarb and Farber computer labs and can be downloaded to any Brandeis-owned computer free of charge. See ITS for details.

You will learn
  • basic concepts and best practices for digital accessibility
  • how to implement best practices for content creation in MS Word

  • how to properly export a PDF from MS Word while preserving accessibility features

  • how to fix most common accessibility errors in PDFs using Acrobat DC Pro

Sessions will be scheduled based on demand.

I am interested in MS Word & PDF for Document Creators

Advanced accessibility training

Pre-requisite for all advanced topics: Document creators workshop or knowledge of basic digital accessibility best practices

Appropriate for those who
  • need to learn about accessibility for media/file types not covered in standard training
  • already attended Document creators workshop, but want to learn advanced skills
    Topics offered include:
    • Advanced PDFs (tables, lists and forms) 
    • Implementing DIY captions
    • PowerPoint
    • Writing effective descriptions (alt text, captions, transcripts)
Sessions will be scheduled based on demand.

I am interested in advanced training