EduPaths + ADA Compliance

Through our partnership with Alt+Shift

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Creating Accessible Materials (Documents, Presentations, Web Sites)

EduPaths and Alt+Shift Education have partnered to create courses that will help organizations and school districts navigate the process of creating documents that users with disabilities can access. This is a seven (7) course series intended to be completed in order, as it lays out ADA Compliance basics in the first three courses, and addresses specific tools after that.


The purpose of the Accessible Materials Made Right series is to increase awareness of what makes digital content accessible and why it really matters, and to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to begin creating accessible documents.

Create an EduPaths account for free - just click Register. You can access courses already published. See the offerings below.

Accessible Materials Made Right #1: Code and Foundations (30 minutes)

This first course will address the code, or the law, and the reasons why accessibility is important.
  • Understand the law and the codes behind accessibility
  • Understand why accessibility matters and who accessibility impacts
  • Become familiar with other resources that are available in this series

To go to this course, click AMMR: Code and Foundations

Accessible Materials Made Right #2: Structure and Appearance, Part 1 (45 minutes)

This course will address text considerations for documents you and/or your school or organization creates.
  • Know how to address text and other features that make documents accessible.
  • Use document styles to make documents navigable.
  • Approach the use of columns and tables in documents with an accessibility mindset.
  • Understand the use of color in accessible documents.

To go to this course, click AMMR: Structure and Appearance 1

Accessible Materials Made Right #3: Structure and Appearance, Part 2 (30 minutes)

This course will address text considerations for documents you and/or your school or organization creates.
  • Understand what alternative text is.
  • Generate appropriate alternative text for images, tables, charts and graphs.
  • Create closed-captioning for video.

To go to this course, click AMMR: Structure and Appearance 2

Accessibile Materials Made Right #4: Microsoft Office (45 minutes)

This course will walk you through using Microsoft Word to create accessible documents. The focus will be on specific features within Word that must be used in order to make Word docs accessible.
  • Use and modify styles to make documents navigable
  • Create accessible tables
  • Use the accessibility checker within Word to correct errors in a document
  • Correctly export documents to PDF
To go to this course, click AMMR: Microsoft Word

Accessible Materials Made Right#5: Adobe Acrobat Pro (45 minutes)

This course will focus on using Adobe Acrobat Pro to create accessible documents. We will be addressing: document set up, the importance of tags, accessible tables, bookmarks, and the accessibility checker.
  • Create accessible PDF documents.
  • Modify and fix issues within the tag tree.
  • Add and create bookmarks and fix broken bookmarks.
  • Make tables accessible by using the table editor.
  • Use the accessibility checker within Acrobat Pro.

Go to this course, click AMMR: Adobe Acrobat Pro

Accessible Materials Made Right #6: Microsoft PowerPoint (45 minutes)

This course will focus on using Microsoft PowerPoint to create accessible presentations. We will be reviewing some foundational aspects of accessibility as well as addressing slide set up, reading order, the accessibility checker, creating handouts, and more.

  • Edit the slide master and insert content placeholders.
  • Check the reading order of your slides.
  • Place captions in video embedded into PowerPoint.
  • Use the accessibility checker within PowerPoint.
  • Create accessible handouts of your presentation.

Go to this course, click AMMR: Microsoft PowerPoint

Accessible Materials Made Right #7: Develop Your Plan (15 minutes)

This course will walk you through a series of questions to consider as you, your district, or organization plan for digital accessibility. If you are working as part of a team or organization, those goals and timelines should also reflect input from the group to increase shared ownership and accountability.

  • Clarify and identify roles and responsibilities for moving Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Compliance forward
  • Identify preliminary resources for ADA Compliance Review
  • Consider updates to or the development of a style guide. Do you have one? Does it address ADA Compliance?
  • Develop your plan with well-defined goals, timelines, outcomes, objectives, action items, and people responsible

Go to this course, click AMMR: Develop Your Plan