Word Accessibility


Word IconThis page is an overview of creating accessible documents using Microsoft Word. Accessible documents allow information to be readily available for assistive technology. Consider accessibility in the design process so screen readers can easily navigate the content. Accessibility design will not only benefit people with disabilities, but overall usability will improve for all users.

 Video Presentation in Panopto

 Video presentation in Panopto

 Presentation Slides

Accessibility Presentation


 Video Tutorials

Video Credit: The University of Alabama, Technology Accessibility - Creating Accessible Word Documents (total length 54:42 mins)

Creating Accessible Word Documents Segmented Videos

Video Credit: Georgia Tech, Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation - Creating Accessible Word Documents (total length 10:23 mins)

  Best Practices

  • Create accessible documents during the design/creation process
  • Use the Accessibility Checker to scan your documents
  • Convert Word document to a PDF for mobility and accessibility
  • Save the file name with dashes or underscores between words such as Word-Document-Accessibility.docx or Word_Document_Accessibility.docx
  • Consider Readability for content development
  • Information about accessibility and academic styles such as APA (American Psychological Association) or MLA (Modern Language Association)


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