Document Accessibility for Student Employees

New for 2022-2023! Emphasis on course materials and academic papers.

Word, PowerPoint, and Acrobat icons

In 2021-22, the Universal Design Center (UDC) conducted a pilot with select departments to train their student employees in making documents accessible. The pilot was a success, so for 2022-23 we are pleased to offer this program to all CSUN departments.

Goals for this program include:

  • Increase the availability of accessible documents at CSUN. 
  • Provide a cost-effective, scalable option for departments to get assistance with inaccessible document files. 
  • Introduce student employees to accessibility as an aspect of diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Train student employees in the skills of both evaluating and remediating multiple file formats.  

Upon completion, student employees will be able to create, evaluate and, if needed, fix Word, PowerPoint and PDF documents.

The Spring training will be held mid-February to early March 2023 and takes 20 hours (maximum) to complete. An important component will be WebAIM's Accessible Document Training, offered courtesy of Information Technology. This on-demand (asynchronous) component of the training should take less than 12 hours. In parallel, the cohort will meet — in person — with the UDC team for five Friday afternoons, for a total of 7.5 hours.

34 seats remaining. Minimum cohort size: 10 student employees.

Spring 2023 Schedule

Supervisors' Orientation - January 2023

Training Schedule
1Feb. 10, 2pm to 3:30pmIntroduction1. Document Contentnone
2Feb. 17, 2pm to 3:30pmDescriptive Text2. Document Structurenone
3Feb. 24, 2pm to 3:30pmEvaluating documents (Word)3. Evaluating Accessibility & Creating PDFsEvaluating a document
4March 3, 2pm to 3:30pmEvaluating documents (PDF)4. Optimizing PDFs in AcrobatEvaluating a document OR Fixing a document
5March 10, 2pm to 3:30pmConclusionnoneFixing a document



Available for Windows and Mac

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Windows only


For more information about joining a future cohort, please contact the Universal Design Center at udc@csun.edu.