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. 

Accessible Instructional Materials Workshop 

Periodically, CETL runs the Accessible Instructional Materials Workshop. This Workshop is open to all faculty and staff. The Workshop is geared towards participants in the Designing Online Courses online course development program.


An important component of designing and building an online or hybrid course is to ensure that the instructional materials are accessible for students with disabilities. In this workshop, we will demonstrate several things instructors can do to ensure accessibility of their course materials.


We cover:

  • The importance of closed captioning, and who it may benefit
  • How to utilize alt-text descriptions to enhance meaning
  • Considering alternative formats for instructional materials
  • Using Word Styles for clarity and organization

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]