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 accessibility of information communications and technologies

Information Technology Services (ITS) Presents Twin Workshops: Creating Accessible Documents” and “Evaluating Your Website for Accessibility”

  • Syracuse, New York, USA
  • October 29 - December 4, 2015
  • Venue: Syracuse University

Both workshops will help participants understand accessibility, put it into practice on the job and support Syracuse University’s efforts to ensure accessibility of documents, systems and communications across campus. The workshops will be presented by Sharon Trerise and Kara Patten from ITS’s Academic Services team. Each session has space for 12 participants.


“Creating Accessible Documents”

This three-hour workshop provides a fundamental overview of creating accessible documents in Microsoft Office 2013 and Adobe Acrobat DC on Windows or Mac computers. At successful completion, participants will be able to:

  • Explain and demonstrate the importance of creating accessible documents;
  • Understand basic concepts of creating accessible documents;
  • Understand best practices for creating accessible Word and PDF documents;
  • Remediate legacy Word and PDF documents to make them accessible;
  • Utilize the Office accessibility checker;
  • Identify and correct common accessibility errors; and
  • Use Adobe Acrobat DC’s accessibility checker.

Workshop Date – Times – Operating System – Location

Thursday – October 29, 1:00-4:00 p.m. –  Windows – 001 Steele Hall
Tuesday, November 10, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon –  Windows – 001 Steele Hall
Monday, November 23, 8:30-11:30 a.m. – Mac – 1-231 CST
Friday, December 4, 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon – Windows – 001 Steele Hall

“Evaluating Your Website for Accessibility”

To register for a workshop, go to the SU website.

Designed for anyone who manages, creates or maintains web content, this workshop will discuss relevant concepts and coach participants through evaluating their pages against the accessibility checkpoints. The workshop will cover basic techniques for evaluating web content, including:

  • accessibility resources and tools at SU;
  • applicable legislation and compliance;
  • automated accessibility checkers;
  • steps for manually checking the accessibility;
  • a brief introduction to screen readers;
  • design considerations; and
  • captioning vendors and tools.

Workshop Date & Times (all take place in 001 Steele Hall)

Monday, October 19, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 22, 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon
Friday, October 30, 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon
Wednesday, November 11, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 9, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

If you are interested in learning about ensuring the accessibility of online and mobile applications, or other services and communications, send an email to accessibleIT@syr.edu with a description of your interest and with any questions. Your input will guide the development of coming programs.