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The following sessions will help participants understand accessibility, put it into practice on the job, and support the University’s efforts to ensure accessibility of documents, systems, and communications across campus. Importantly, the skills learned in these workshops will help you realize in your work the University’s commitment to creating a more accessible, inclusive campus

Session TitleDescriptionDate
Adobe InDesign: Creating Accessible PDFs from Adobe InDesignLearn what features are required for a PDF to be considered accessible, and how to ensure that your Adobe InDesign document has these features built-in and mapped correctly for export to an accessible PDF. Note: It is expected that participants are already familiar with InDesign.

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Blackboard Ally

Learn how Blackboard Ally can help ensure that course content is accessible. Topics include how to interpret your accessibility score, how to fix accessibility issues, and how students can take advantage of the alternative formats provided by Ally.

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Mobile Accessibility: Applying WCAG Standards to Mobile Apps

In this session we will look at how WCAG guidelines are applied to mobile applications, and explore testing techniques for iOS and Android devices.

Note: It is expected that participants have already attended one of our Web Accessibility Testing sessions or are already familiar with WCAG guidelines and web accessibility testing techniques.


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PDFs: Evaluating and Repairing with Adobe Acrobat DC

This session will cover the basics of PDF remediation in Adobe Acrobat DC including:

  • Using the accessibility checker
  • Fixing missing titles,
  • Creating headings,
  • Adding alternative text to graphics
  • Adding table headers
  • Checking and correcting reading order
  • Strategies for working with scanned PDFs
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PowerPoint: Creating and Delivering
Accessible Presentations in PowerPoint 2016

This workshop is designed for anyone who creates presentation materials using Microsoft PowerPoint. It covers not only making the PowerPoint slide set accessible, but also accessibility considerations when presenting and distributing or posting presentation materials.

Major topics covered include:

  • Using slide layouts
  • Adding meaningful descriptions to images
  • Creating handouts in multiple accessible formats
  • Tips for presenting to inclusive audiences
  • Creating alternate formats of PowerPoint files for posting on the web or distributing via email
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Screen Reader Essential Training for Web Accessibility Testers

The WCAG 2.x A and AA Manual Evaluation form used by Syracuse University staff for testing web sites and web applications includes a number of checkpoints that are best tested using a screen reader. These lessons cover the relevant checkpoints as well as a recommended testing technique with the corresponding JAWS/NVDA/VoiceOver keystrokes.

Note: These lessons are not intended to be a comprehensive introduction to the JAWS, NVDA, or VoiceOver screen readers.

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JAWS Basics for Web Accessibility Testers

NVDA Basics for Web Accessibility Testers

VoiceOver Basics for Web Accessibility Testers

Social Media and Email Accessibility

This session will cover the accessibility issues encountered by users of social media and strategies for creating social media content that is as accessible as possible to people with disabilities. We will touch on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other popular platforms. We will also discuss email accessibility and techniques for optimizing your email for maximum accessibility.


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Video Captioning

This session will cover captioning basics including:

  • Audience considerations,
  • Caption types,
  • Caption rules and formats,
  • DIY vs. captioning vendors
  • Demonstration of captioning tools in YouTube and Ensemble

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Web Accessibility Testing

This session will cover techniques for testing websites for accessibility.  Topics include:

  • How people with disabilities use the web
  • Interpreting Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1 A and AA)
  • Accessibility testing tools and techniques

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Word: Creating Accessible Documents in Microsoft Word

This session will cover the process of creating accessible documents in Microsoft Word. Topics include:

  • Use of styles to add structure to your document
  • Adding alternative text to images
  • Using descriptive hyperlinks
  • Creating accessible charts and tables
  • Using the MS Word Accessibility checker
  • Exporting to an accessible PDF

Note: Although MS Word 2016 is used for demonstration in this session, the concepts can be applied to any version of Word.

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