Note: This course was designed for MS Word 2003 and MS Word 2007.
This course is organized into the following four primary modules:
1. What is Section 508?
2. Making your Word documents accessible using HHS requirements and best practices
3. Creating an accessible Word template and converting documents to other formats
4. Checking document accessibility
This course requires beginner-level proficiency in MS Word 2003 and 2007. The course does not provide instruction in MS Word, but provides methods to ensure that documents created in MS Word are accessible to persons with disabilities.
All HHS staff must have a general understanding of Section 508 and are required to take HHS Section 508 Training, Phase I.*
Managers and other staff who have a direct or indirect role with Section 508 compliance are required to take HHS Section 508 Training, Phase II
Upon successful completion of this course, learners will be able to
• Provide a basic interpretation of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
(29 U.S.C. 794d).
• Identify reasons for creating documents that adhere to Section 508 guidelines.
• Describe HHS accessibility requirements and apply best practices.
• Identify MS Word features and processes to create documents that are accessible.
• List steps for creating a template that will help to ensure that documents are accessible.
• Describe methods to convert documents to other formats, such as PDF or HTML.
• Check documents for Section 508 compliance and adherence to HHS standards.
• To provide information to HHS employees, contractors, and partners on the importance of adherence to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 794d)
• To create accessible documents, using Microsoft (MS) Word, that meet HHS acceptance criteria.
This course explains how to use MS Word to ensure that documents are accessible. Topics include
• Structuring documents
• Using tools correctly
• Using images and graphics
• Applying best practices in accessibility