Faculty & Staff

Word Document Accessibility

Microsoft Word provides various options for including accessibility information into the document to support individuals using assistive technologies. Such information also provides improved accessibility when converting the document into other formats (e.g., tagged PDF, ePub, DAISY, etc.). For more information, please visit the Creating Accessible Documents with MS Word page created by our friends at Stanford University.

PDF Accessibility

Adobe’s Portable Document Format (PDF) is widely used in distributing documents on campus. It is possible to make most PDF files accessible for users with disabilities. For specific steps, please visit the PDF Accessibility page.

Online Course Accessibility Checklist

Is your class online? Do you use Canvas, Blackboard, Catalyst or another Learning Management System? Following  DRS’s Online Course Accessibility Checklist is a basic strategy to ensure online course content is accessible. More advanced levels of accessibility can be achieved through consultation with DRS.

Services for Faculty

The Disability Resources for Students serves the faculty and students equally. We assist students once they are admitted to UW, facilitate their requests and approve services. For more information, please view our Flyer for Faculty in text selectable PDF format. An accessible word document version is also available.

Syllabus statement

Disability Resources for Students offers an example of a syllabus statement for faculty who would like to include information for disability accommodations in their course syllabi. Visit Syllabus statement.

Tips for working with different disabilities

Some may be anxious or unsure about how to work with persons with disabilities. Tips for working with different disabilities offers some bullet points for the main types of disabilities. Visit Tips for working with different disabilities.


Several resources for faculty are located on the Resources page. Additionally, the article Working Together: Teaching Assistants and Students with Disabilities is a great starting point for learning about how to accommodate students with disabilities.

Why Technology and Materials Need to Be Accessible

On July 23rd, 2013, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a settlement agreement with Louisiana Tech University resolving a complaint about inaccessible course materials.  The DOJ’s summary of the obligation sends a clear message:

“…the University must implement a policy that requires the deployment of accessible technology and course content in the University setting. To that end, the University shall conduct a review of the accessibility of its technology and instructional materials and shall ensure that,from the effective date of and consistent with the Settlement Agreement, all technology, including websites, instructional materials and online courses, and other electronic and information technology for use by students or prospective students, is accessible.”(Paragraph 13(a), [emphasis added]). Visit Why Technology and Materials Need to Be Accessible.

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