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 tips on ensuring the accessibility of your course files, please see Ally’s Accessibility Checklist.

Accessible Instructional Materials Workshop 

CETL runs the Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) Workshop several times a semester for all faculty as a part of the TEACH program. To complete the workshop, (1) instructors attend a live webinar and then (2) submit a deliverable, namely a Syllabus with Heading Styles.

Please check our latest workshops and register for the Accessible Instructional Materials Workshop if available.


An important component of designing a course, either online, hybrid, or in-person, is to ensure that the instructional materials are accessible for students with disabilities. In this workshop, we will demonstrate several practices instructors can implement to ensure accessibility of their course materials.


By the end of this workshop you will have accomplished the following objectives:

  • Explain the importance of accessible materials​.
  • Structure text documents with Heading Styles​.
  • Add a text-based description to an image (alt text)​.
  • Assess closed captioning quality in online video.

More Resources

For training on Microsoft Office, including Word and PowerPoint, please contact the ITS Training Staff at [email protected]
For more information on meeting the specific needs and accommodations of students with a disability, please contact the Office for Students with Disabilities at [email protected]