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Learning Portal - Faculty Toolkit: Accessibility in Courses

Welcome to Accessibility Resources 

This module will familiarize you with creating an accessible learning environment.

For more information contact Accessibility Services at  (780) 539-2017 or email       

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Top Tips 

  • Don't make assumptions about a person's disabilities: Many persons with disabilities feel frustrated when people make assumptions about what they can and cannot do. 
  • Be patient and understanding: Students may take more time or have difficulty communicating, be patient and understanding (but not patronizing) 
  • Speak clearly: Speak as you would with other students, clearly, facing your audience. Don’t speak facing away. 
  • Closed caption audio/visual materials: Make sure audio/visual materials you use are available with accurate closed captioning.
  • Make electronic resources available for students: Slides, lecture notes, and forms should be available to all students in advance, in accessible formats easily read by assistive technologies.​ 
  • Check for legibility and clarity: Use Sans Serif fonts and contrasting colours in your materials. Checklists can help.
  • Use alt-text: Use alt-text on images that are meaningful and convey value. Describe the image and add context if necessary. 
  • Make sure resources are compatible with assistive technologies: Students may need to use assistive technologies like screen readers, use the resources on this page to make sure your materials can be used with them. 
  • Use built-in accessibility checkers: MS Word and PowerPoint, and Adobe PDFs have built-in features to check your documents for accessibility. 
  • Ask for help if you don't know: Consult your Accessibility Services office for additional resources and support. 

Creating Accessible Learning Resources

PowerPoint Resources 

PowerPoint is the most common tool used for lectures, below are some useful resources for creating accessible presentations. 

Using PowerPoint (Accessible Campus)  

Creating Accessible PowerPoints (Microsoft) 

Word and PDF Resources 

Below are resources for creating accessible Word and PDF documents. 

Using Word Documents and/or PDFs (Accessible Campus) 

Make your Word documents accessible to people with disabilities (Microsoft) 

Accessible Word Document Checklist(Queen's University) 

Creating Accessible Forms (Queen's University) 


Resources About Images 

Alt-text is the text that will be conveyed when using visual aids like a screen reader, descriptions that appear when a mouse hovers over an image, and text that is displayed when an image link is broken. 

Creating Image ALT Text (Penn State) 


Resources for Closed Captioning Videos 

A Guide to Quality Captioning: Described and Captioned Media Program Captioning Key (via the DCMP's website): 

When YouTube Automatic Closed Captioning Goes Wrong (McMaster University) 


Unless otherwise stated, the material in this guide is from the Learning Portal created by College Libraries Ontario. Content has been adapted for the GPRC Learning Commons in June 2021. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons BY NC SA 4.0 International License.

All icons on these pages are from The Noun Project. See individual icons for creator attribution. 

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