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Create Accessible Environments (Digital or Physical)

We all want to help in creating an environment that promotes equal access. If you are looking for some resources, you have come the right spot. Explore these resources, and please do not hesitate to reach out if you have additional questions.

Most of us create our materials in Microsoft products such as Word, Excel and Power Point to name a few.

Check your content for accessibility by using this simple tool.

MS Accessibility Checker

Please be aware that there are many versions of Adobe out there. You will only be able to use full features when using the paid version. Check with your Department to see if you have access to the full license of Adobe.

    Recognize Text in this file/OCR This allows our students who have reading disabilities and vision loss to be able to access your content. It also allows your document to be indexed in search results.

Accessibility Checker allows you to identify elements that need some extra attention to make your PDF fully accessible to all. 

Acrobat DC: Creating Accessible PDF's: Training modules on You can log in with your AU credentials to access all types of training videos.

In the movement towards inclusiveness, it has recently been brought to many's attention that providing closed captions helps many different learners and their styles along with our students and community members who may have a hearing impairment. To learn how to caption your materials please check out the following resources:

How to add in Captions to a Power Point that you did voice over on.

Quickly add Captions to a video you created by using Youtube. This will allow you to also go in an edit the captions so that they are accurate.

When planning an event the ASAC has developed two resources to help guide in making sure it is accessible to all. 

Accessible Events

Accessible Event Flow Chart

Don't forget to appoint someone in your department as the point person for and requested accommodations.

Submit any CART/Interpreting needs at least 2 weeks in advance.