Do it Yourself

Making digital content accessible and usable for all your users is relatively easy.  The DIY solutions presented here respond to the most frequent use cases you may come across.  You may also search this DIY library to find information about how to make your particular content or use case inclusive and accessible to all.  If this is your first visit, please take a moment to review the most common accessibility fixes you can easily take care of.

Making a PDF file Accessible

If it’s only one file:

  1. Open Acrobat X Pro.
  2. Go to File> Open. Go to the appropriate file location and select it.
  3. Open Tools> Recognize text> In this file.
  4. Open Tools> Accessibility> Add Tags to Document.
  5. Go to File> Properties> Advanced> Language and select the appropriate language.
  6. Go to Accessibility menu (on Tools) and click on Full Check.
  7. If there are any findings the report generated will indicate ways of remediating them.

Link Text

WCAG 2.4.4

Screen reader users frequently resort to a list of links in the page to be able to orientate themselves.  In their report on a study with screen readers users, Theofanos and Redish (2006) said that "Screen-reader users scan with their ears."  After observing and interacting with 16 screen reader users who were blind, they recommended:

Checking Your Document

Microsoft Office Accessibility Checker Menu Pop UpMSOffice Word, Powerpoint have an accessibility checker. In MS Office 2016, go to File> Check for Issues> Check Accessibility. A report will be displayed on the right hand side of your document. The checker provides advice for remediation.


Accessibility is an ongoing process.  It is a mindset brought to digital content design.  Accessibility-minded design and development results in a better overall experience for all users.  Be it a document, a website, or a video, when the design and development is thought out with accessibility in mind, the resulting content is more accessible to all.

Captioning with Dragon Naturally Speaking

You can use Dragon© Naturally Speaking to transcribe your videos*. You can also use a protocol developed by Engineering-LAS Online Learning (ELO) to caption existing videos. This protocol requires Dragon Naturally Speaking, a speech-to-text software. The protocol currently works only on the Windows OS version of Dragon Naturally Speaking.