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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 that some users may not be able to access their materials or how to get started in making their resources accessible.


Why Accessibility is Important

These brief tutorial videos are a quick and easy way to get started, review why it is important for your training materials to be accessible for all users. and to understand how people use screen readers.


This page includes Portable Document Format (PDF), Word, PowerPoint, and Excel document accessibility resources for beginners to learn about how to make their products accessible for all users. More advanced accessibility specialists can find additional information in the NCRTM library.


PDF Accessibility

PDF document icon The easiest way to create an accessible PDF is to begin with an accessible document. Checking and remediating PDF documents require Adobe Acrobat Professional software.


Brief Tutorial Videos

These brief tutorial videos are a fast and easy way to get started and/or review how to check and remediate documents in Adobe PDF.

  • Checking Document Accessibility in PDFs (13 min.)
  • Remediating Inaccessible PDF documents – These videos demonstrate how to remediate PDF documents that are inaccessible:
    • Part One (9 min.) covers tagging/reading order, artifacting, lists and table of contents.
    • Part Two (11 min.) covers simple data tables, images/alt text, color contrast and forms.

Quick Guides

This quick guide created by the New Editions Section 508 Team, overviews the basics of creating accessible PDF documents.

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Word Accessibility

Word document icon Microsoft Word is a fundamental word processing program that millions use every day. Due to its popularity and widespread use, it is important to understand how to create or remediate an accessible word document.


Brief Tutorial Videos

These brief tutorial videos offer fast and easy ways to get started and/or review how to create, check and remediate documents in Microsoft Word.

Quick Guides

This quick guide created by the New Editions Section 508 Team, overviews the essential steps to creating accessible word documents.

Federal Resources


PowerPoint Accessibility

powerpoint document icon Microsoft PowerPoint is the most popular tool to support presentations. All presentations posted online should be accessible.


Brief Tutorial Videos

These brief tutorial videos offer fast and easy ways to get started and/or review how to create, check and remediate documents in Microsoft PowerPoint.

Quick Guides

This quick guide created by the New Editions Section 508 Team, overviews the basics of creating accessible PowerPoint presentations.

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Excel Accessibility

excel document icon Microsoft Excel is used by businesses of all sizes to store and organize data. It is important to understand how to create excel workbooks all can access.


Brief Tutorial Videos

These brief tutorial videos offer fast and easy ways to get started and/or review how to create, check, and remediate documents in Microsoft Excel.

Quick Guides

This quick guide created by the New Editions Section 508 Team, overviews the essential steps to creating accessible excel documents.

Federal Resources