Creating Accessible Word and PDF Documents: Getting the Basics Right Webinar – 29th March


Most local council websites contain downloadable documents in Word or PDF format. These serve a wide range of purposes from records of council meetings to local area information or application/request forms. Under the Public Sector Website Accessibility legislation, these forms need to meet accessibility standards.


Monday 29th March, 10:00am – 11:30am


The cost for this course is:

SLCC Members – £30 + VAT

Non-Members – £35 + VAT

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Website Accessibility Guidelines Webinar

Course outline

This 1.5 hour webinar will take you through the basics of how to check your own Word documents for accessibility, how to recognise problems (and sort them!), and how to turn an accessible Word document into an accessible PDF document.

Please note: The accessibility features in this session will be demonstrated using Microsoft 365. We will endeavour to explain where some features can be found in earlier versions but this will not always be possible. If you are using a Mac, Chromebook or other versions of Word, please note that the features may be named differently and found in different places.

Key points that will be covered include:

  • How disabled people use Word documents
  • Common accessibility failures and how to fix them (heading styles, layouts, links, images, tables, fonts and colours)
  • How disabled people use PDF documents
  • Exporting accessible Word documents to PDF format
  • Checking your PDF accessibility

About the Trainer

Alistair McNaught was a senior advisor at the Jisc TechDis service (2004-14). He created or co-created Staff Training Packs in accessible practice, Senior Manager Briefings and the Accessibility Essential resources. More recently he led the development of Jisc’s Accessibility Snapshot service (used by nearly 60 universities and colleges). His accessibility work with academic library services won a national award and was shortlisted for an international award for excellence. The University of Kent won a 2018 Times Higher Award for an inclusion project Alistair helped steer.

Alistair is a current member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Assistive Technology and a co-chair of the Digital Accessibility Working Group, liaising between the FE/HE sector and Government Digital Services to ensure official guidance is appropriate to the real world context.

He presents on accessibility at national and international events and is a very experienced online trainer and presenter.

Alistair McNaught


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