Accessible Instructional Materials


Instructional Materials (IM) are considered to be forms of communication and must therefore be delivered in a manner that is equally effective for persons with disabilities.
Equally effective means:
  • Comparable in quality to those received by students without disabilities
  • Comparable in timeliness of delivery and availability
  • Provided in a manner and medium appropriate to the significance of the message and the abilities of the person receiving the material
  • Providing universal design access
This section provides step-by-step guides for designing and creating accessible materials. Covered topics include:
  • Creating Accessible Word documents and PowerPoint presentations
  • Reconfiguring PDFs to maximize accessibility
  • Creating or uploading accessible content to Moodle/Canvas
  • Using Youtube to host and caption video
Please remember, CETL does not provide services to convert instructional materials to accessible versions. 
For training on Microsoft Office, including Word and PowerPoint, please contact the ITS Training Staff at For more information on meeting the specific needs and accomodations of students with a disability, please contact the Office for Students with Disabilities at