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


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:

  • Thursday, March 9, 2017, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 24, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – noon
  • Wednesday, April 12, 9:00 a.m. – noon – session is full

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
  • Identify common accessibility errors
  • 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):

  • Wednesday, February 8, 9:00 a.m. – noon
  • Thursday, March 2, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 21, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – session is full

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.

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:

  • Friday, March 17, 9:00 a.m. – noon
  • Thursday, April 27,  1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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:

  • Friday, February 17, 9:00 a.m. – noon – session is full
  • Wednesday, March 29, 9:00 a.m. – noon – session is full
  • Tuesday, April 11, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

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:

  • Wednesday, March 1, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 4, 9:00 a.m. – noon

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.