Creating accessible Office documents

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin
Inclusive Design Research Centre

Every school in Australia has legal obligations and responsibilities under Federal legislation such as the Disability Standards for Education (2005) to ensure that all learners with or without a disability are able to participate in learning on the same basis. To ensure that all learners are able to participate in learning on the same basis may involve the school taking reasonable steps to ensure that any adjustment required are made within a reasonable time. Outlined below are links to simple strategies to follow for creating accessibile digital resources including using Microsoft Office and Office  equivalent applications.

Resource list


Accessible Digital Office Document (ADOD) Project.

The links are part of the Accessible Digital Office Document (ADOD) Project. This project was developed by the Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University as part of an EnAbling Change Partnership project with the Government of Ontario and UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).

Word Processing Applications

Spreadsheets Applications

Presentation Applications

PDF Production Applications

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George Mason University

The Assistive Technology Initiative (ATI) at George Mason University designed the Accessibility@Mason user manual to provide information and guidance for the creation and testing of e-learning materials (i.e., documents, websites, and videos), including step-by-step procedures for access and use.

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Microsoft’s Creating accessible Word documents

This article written by the team at Microsoft offers guidance on ways to create Microsoft Word documents to make them more accessible to users with disabilities.


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