External Resources

Much work has been done in the fields of information technology and higher education to highlight, explain, and address issues in instructional accessibility. The resources listed here include sites that provide step-by-step instructions, as well as those that analyze and inform policy.  

Tutorials, Guidelines, and How-To Manuals

These resources offer instructional guides and tutorials for creating accessible materials in the following media formats: HTML, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Word, and PDF.


For Guidance On:


Cheat sheets

HTML, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Word, PDF

National Center on Disability and Access to Education

Guidelines for Accessible Distance Education

MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Word, PDF

Georgia Institute of Technology

Making Files Accessible

HTML, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Word, PDF

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Microsoft Word 2010 508 Accessibility Checklist

MS Word

U.S. Social Security Administration

Triage for Accessifying Websites


Penn State

Web Accessibility 101


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Web Accessibility Basics



Web Accessibility Guidelines


Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Web Accessibility in Mind Articles

HTML, MS PowerPoint, MS Word, PDF


Accessibility Checkers

Accessibility checkers are online tools that scan a document or web page for the purpose of highlighting accessibility issues.

Organizations, Centers, Institutes, and Policy Advocates

These organizations exist to inform, educate, and advocate for educational and media accessibility. Their websites contain comprehensive and current information on accessibility issues.

Other University Sites

Several universities have developed extensive collections of resources on instructional accessibility.