Technology Accessibility Workshops

We offer workshops to faculty and staff interested in improving the accessibility of their digital media. Topics covered and training dates are listed below.

We also offer personalized consulting services tailored to the accessibility needs of your unit. Contact us to discuss your needs.


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Workshops Offered

Spring 2018 Schedule


Evaluating Your Website for Accessibility

In this hands-on workshop participants will step through the process of manually evaluating their current website for accessibility.  Topics include:

  • Interpreting the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0 AA)
  • Steps for manually checking accessibility
  • Brief introduction to screen readers
  • Page design considerations
  • Automated accessibility checkers
  • Captioning resources

Workshop dates:

  • January 22     1:00-3:00 p.m.

All of the sessions will be held in 001 Steele Hall.

Register for Evaluating Your Website for Accessibility

To request disability-related accommodations for this workshop, please contact the IT Accessibility Team by phone at 315-443-2143 or email accessibleIT@syr.edu.  Requests should be made at least a week prior to the workshop.

Creating Accessible Documents in Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat DC

This hands-on workshop covers the process of creating accessible documents in Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat DC. At successful course completion participants will be able to:

Explain the importance of creating accessible documents.

Perform the steps necessary to create accessible Word and PDF documents including:

  • Utilize styles and alt text, descriptive links and simple tables when creating new documents
  • Add accessibility features to legacy Office and Acrobat documents to make them accessible
  • Utilize the Office accessibility checker
  • Convert Word documents to accessible PDFs
  • Utilize Adobe Acrobat DC’s accessibility checker

Please note: Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac now has the same accessibility features as the Windows version so we are no longer offering a separate workshop for Mac users.  All are welcome.

Dates and times: (all held in 001 Steele Hall):

  • January 24   1:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Friday February 9  9:00-12:00 – session is full
  • Wednesday February 21  9:00-12:00

Register for Creating Accessible Documents in Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat DC

To request disability-related accommodations for this workshop, please contact the IT Accessibility Team by phone at 315-443-2143 or email accessibleIT@syr.edu.  Requests should be made at least a week prior to the workshop.

Building Accessibility into Existing PDFs

This workshop will focus on incorporating accessibility features into existing PDF documents.  It is always better to build as much accessibility into the source document (.docx, .pptx or .indd) as possible before converting to PDF.  In situations where you don’t have the source document, you can build accessibility into an existing PDF using Adobe Acrobat DC.  Techniques include:

  • Converting an image/scanned PDF to real text
  • Tagging
  • Adding alt text to images
  • Creating headings and bookmarks
  • Adding table headers
  • Checking and correcting read order

Dates and times: (held in 001 Steele)

  • January 17  9:00 – noon
  • January 31  9:00 – noon – session is full
  • February 5   1:00-4:00 – session is full
  • February 19  1:00-4:00 – session is full
  • February 28  9:00 – noon – session is full

All PDF workshops are held in Steele 001.

Register for Building Accessibility into Existing PDFs

To request disability-related accommodations for this workshop, please contact the IT Accessibility Team by phone at 315-443-2143 or email accessibleIT@syr.edu.  Requests should be made at least a week prior to the workshop.

Video Captioning

This workshop is designed for anyone who manages, creates or maintains video content and is offered in two parts.

Part 1: Captioning basics and third party services

  • Audience considerations
  • Caption types and terminology
  • Cost and resource considerations for DIY vs. captioning vendors
  • Vendor comparisons

Part 2. DIY captioning (optional)

  • Hands-on experience with captioning tools (please bring ear buds or headphones)
  • Caption file formats
  • Captioning rules and quality control
  • Costs and resources

Dates and times: (held in 001 Steele)

  • February 12   1:00-4:00

All captioning workshops are held in Steele 001.

Register for Video Captioning

To request disability-related accommodations for this workshop, please contact the IT Accessibility Team by phone at 315-443-2143 or email accessibleIT@syr.edu.  Requests should be made at least a week prior to the workshop.

Creating and Delivering Accessible PowerPoint Presentations

This hands-on 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
  • Designing accessible PowerPoint templates
  • 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

Dates and times: (held in 001 Steele)

Register for Creating Accessible PowerPoint Presentations

To request disability-related accommodations for this workshop, please contact the IT Accessibility Team by phone at 315-443-2143 or email accessibleIT@syr.edu.  Requests should be made at least a week prior to the workshop.

Creating Accessible Forms

Creating accessible forms takes some inside knowledge about how to properly label form fields. This hands-on workshop will cover the ins and outs of creating accessible PDF forms.  In addition, we will look at other forms options and create sample forms using Frevvo and with a WordPress plugin.

Topics include:

  • Form layout for accessibility and readability
  • Setting Tab order
  • Error messages
  • Use of captchas in online forms

Dates and times: (held in 001 Steele)

Register for Creating Accessible Forms

To request disability-related accommodations for this workshop, please contact the IT Accessibility Team by phone at 315-443-2143 or email accessibleIT@syr.edu.  Requests should be made at least a week prior to the workshop.

Creating Accessible Documents Using InDesign

This workshop will cover core InDesign accessibility concepts and specific best practices for document accessibility.  Attendees should have a working knowledge of InDesign prior to attending.

Topics covered include:

  • creating and mapping styles and tags
  • establishing read order
  • creating forms
  • conversion to PDF

Dates and times:

  • February 7  9:00-noon – session is full
  • February 21   1:00-4:00 – session is full

Register for Creating Accessible Documents Using InDesign

To request disability-related accommodations for this workshop, please contact the IT Accessibility Team by phone at 315-443-2143 or email accessibleIT@syr.edu.  Requests should be made at least a week prior to the workshop

Working Sessions for Content Editors

Open hours working sessions for content editors to work on the accessibility of their website materials.

Note that the 1/9 session will be held in 1-218 CST (please bring your own laptop).  All other sessions will be in 001 Steele Hall.

Dates and times:

  • Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    • January 9, 16, 23, 30
    • February 6, 13, 20, 27
  • Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  (Note that there are no support hours on Thursday 2/15.  Rescheduled to Friday 2/16 in the morning)
    • January 11, 18, 25
    • February 1, 8, 22

To request disability-related accommodations for this workshop, please contact the IT Accessibility Team by phone at 315-443-2143 or email accessibleIT@syr.edu.  Requests should be made at least a week prior to the workshop.