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Accessibility Resources

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act requires all federal agencies and institutions that receive federal funding to ensure that people with disabilities can access their information and communication technology (ICT). This includes federally-funded training materials that are disseminated to users via the internet. New Editions Consulting, Inc. offers technical assistance to individuals and organizations who submit their rehabilitation training materials to the NCRTM. Our experience is that many training developers do not know how to create or remediate their materials so that everyone can access and benefit from them.

This page includes helpful resources from the NCRTM, federal agencies and leading accessibility experts.

Quick Guides

Essential steps developed by the NCRTM and New Editions Consulting, Inc. for making documents accessible.

NCRTM Tutorial Videos

The NCRTM created brief tutorial videos to help users get started.

Topical Resources

Top Five Frustrations & Fixes of Document Accessibility – The National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials (NCRTM) hosted a community of practice (CoP) from January - March 2017. Over 300 individuals from a variety of fields including, vocational rehabilitation, government, university, technology, and advocacy joined the group to share their perspectives on the barriers of creating and remediating digital materials; and identify bridges that will lead to more widespread document accessibility. Members contributed their thoughts about why people find it so difficult to provide accessible documents and generated ideas for addressing those barriers. Surveys helped to narrow these thoughts and ideas into the five top frustrations and fixes.

Section 508: Accessibility Basics – These resources provide an overview of Section 508 including a summary of the basics, links to federal resources, an NCRTM brief video on screen readers and lawsuits in the news.

Section 508: Microsoft Word Accessibility – Microsoft Word is a fundamental word processing program that millions of us use every day. Because of its popularity and widespread use, it is important to understand what it takes to create and remediate an accessible word document. Resources include NCRTM brief videos on creating and remediating Microsoft Word documents, a quick guide, and Federal Accessible Electronic Document Community of Practice (AED COP) guidance, testing process and tutorials.

Section 508: PowerPoint Accessibility – PowerPoint is the most popular tool to support presentations. All presentations posted online, also should be accessible. It is important to understand what it takes to create and remediate an accessible PowerPoint. Resources include NCRTM brief videos on creating and remediating PowerPoint presentations, a quick guide, federal checklists, guidance and tutorial videos.

Section 508: PDF Accessibility – The easiest way to create an accessible PDF is to begin with an accessible document. Resources include NCRTM brief videos on making PDF documents accessible, a quick guide, federal checklists, tutorials and guidelines as well as Adobe resources.

Section 508: Universal Design – Universal design of information technology is an approach to designing materials and content to be accessible and usable by all people, with or without disabilities. The main goal of universal design is to eliminate barriers and improve access for all.Resources include an NCRTM webinar on universal design, federally-funded resources and links to additional resources.

Section 508: Webinar and Video Accessibility – As webinars and videos are increasingly used for training purposes, tools and accessible practices ensure that all users can access them. Many webinar platforms include accessibility features. Issues with accessibility in webinars and videos do not preclude their use if there are accessible alternatives. Resources include a NCRTM brief video on captioning in YouTube, federal best practices and checklists, additional resources and accessibility links to three major webinar providers: Adobe Connect, Blackboard and WebEx.

Section 508: The Business Case for Accessibility – Almost everyone is aware of Section 508 requirements for accessibility. Yet many accessibility proponents lament the fact that these requirements are not widely implemented. Resources feature toolkits, guides, tutorials and more to build a business case for accessibility. Also included are selected IT provider highlights related to accessibility.