Principles of Accessible Documents

Offered by the Disability Access Services of the Department of Rehabilitation

Class Description:

This class teaches seven basic principles to creating accessible content in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook and PDF formats. Utilizing the principles learned in this class will help ensure that electronic content is accessible to employees, reviewers, stakeholders, and customers with disabilities. This class includes the basic accessibility features built into Microsoft Office 2010, including PDF documents. This class is a mixture of lecture and hands-on training with a laptop.

Complementary Training:

Staff who create, modify, and distribute organizational forms, may register concurrently for the follow-up training on "Creating Accessible Forms in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Adobe PDF.


As a result of attending this class, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the seven basic principles required to create accessible documents.

  • Recognize assistive technology as a means to read and view electronic documents.

  • Create documents that are accessible to employees, stakeholders, and customers with disabilities.

  • Use the basic features in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and PDF to generate an accessible document.

  • Utilize online resources for ensuring electronic documents are accessible at any stage in the development of the document.

Intended Audience:

This class is recommended for anyone who creates, reviews or distributes electronic content. This class is not intended for new Microsoft Office users. The information taught in this class is specific to the accessibility features within the software.

Scheduled Times:

8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Cost Per Person:

$100.00 check payable to "Department of Rehabilitation"


Department of Rehabilitation
721 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, CA 95814

Available Dates:

  • Tuesday, July 18, 2017

  • Wednesday, August 16, 2017


To Register:

Email the following information to

  • Name:

  • Department:

  • Title:

  • Email:

  • Phone:

  • Date* you wish to attend:

  • Reasonable Accommodation** request:

* Space is limited in each class, please provide a first and second choice in case your first choice of date to attend the class is already full. Make sure you Register Early.

** In order to ensure we can meet your Reasonable Accommodation request, please submit this information to us at least two weeks in advance of your first choice of date you wish to attend.

An invoice, with payment instructions, will be provided upon confirmation of registration.

For registration questions contact Kymerica Magee at 916-558-5755 or

Bring This Class to Your Facility:

We offer the option of bringing this training to your facility utilizing your department's on-site computer lab for up to 20 attendees. If this seems like a better option for your department, contact Vienalyn Tankiamco at 916-558-5760 or via email at Vienalyn.Tankiamco(at) for additional information.




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