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Accessibility (A11y) Sessions / Series


As we experience more and more technology in our lives, we recognize how much it can help all of us to achieve more, be more productive and more creative. But sometimes we overlook the fact that these same technologies can help our learners who have physical disabilities to experience these same benefits. We need to find the tools and make resources accessible for them as well.

These sessions can be scheduled as a series or provided separately. They will guide participants through a variety of tools, resources, and learning modules around Accessibility, the tools available to make resources available, and the tools within the office suites we already use.

Listed in the recommended order, titles and short descriptions include but are not limited to:

1. Creating Accessible Documents for Adult Education: will provide basic information, vocabulary, and general information on Accessibility. Adding key accessibility features to documents and presentation as well as the tools available to check for 508 Compliance will also be discussed. Resources, checklists, online tools, practice files are provided.

2. Accessibility in Microsoft Office: will guide participants through a variety of tools, resources, and learning modules around Microsoft Accessibility tools contained within the Microsoft Word and Powerpoint. Other Microsoft tools available upon request.

3. Accessibility in Google Workspace: tips and tricks to make accessible Docs and Slides are the primary focus. Introducing add-ons to assist in accessibility checks can also be shown  and modeled as well as Chromebook accessibility features.

4. Accessibility Basics for ?: as a dedicated inservice, this customized session will focus a specific applications as requested. Platforms, topics, and agenda determined by the requesting agency.


All participants must have basic computer skills and a valid email address. Additional requirements may apply depending on the session.


OTAN Certificates of Attendance are awarded only for workshop sessions to those that are pre-registered and attend at least 75% of the scheduled time.

For more detailed session descriptions or customization options for titles, contact

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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN220124 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.