Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI)

Tips & Tutorials — Creating Accessible Content

How do I create accessible Microsoft Word documents?



The Microsoft Word file format provides support for addressing most accessibility issues that arise with electronic documents. In order to ensure that Word documents are ultimately accessibile, content authors must utilize the formatting and layout options within Microsoft Word that support structural markup. This structural markup ensures that assistive technology software such as screen readers can correctly discern and interpret the structure of the Word document. The tutorials and trainings listed below provide detailed information on how to author accessible Word documents.


The Illinois Web Accessibility Publishing Wizard provides a method for converting Word documents into accessible HTML for posting on the web.  In addition, the ATI team will be creating a template that will simplify the steps for authoring accessible Word documents.

Tutorials and Trainings