- Accessibility Requirements (overall) - 508 compliance requirements
Guides for Creating Accessible Documents
The following guides were created to help you get started on creating PDF documents that meet current accessibility standards. The documents will be updated regularly with best practices, information on how to fix issues, and to keep up with evolving standards:
- Microsoft Word to PDF Guide (PDF) - last updated on 1/4/2018
- Adobe Acrobat Pro Guide (PDF) - coming soon
California Community College Technology Center
The CCC Technology Center has a number of accessibility resources available to California Community Colleges:
- CCC Accessibility Center
- CCC Accessibility Help Center - Available to all CCC employees, provides a community-based forum to search for answers and ask questions about web and IT accessibility topics facing colleges and students.
- Document Accessibility - This page contains instructions on how to make documents accessible using MS Word, MS PowerPoint, and also contains information on tools and outsourcing options.
- Video & Media Accessibility - Provides recommended reading and resources for media accessibility.
The Vision Resource Center (previously the Professional Learning Network), supported by the Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI), provides unlimited access to Lynda.com for all California Community College employees at no cost. For access to Lynda.com through the Vision Resource Center, sign in and go to the Learn tab.
You will need to register if you do not have an account.
Lynda.com Online Courses
You must be logged into the Vision Resource Center or have a Lynda.com account for the below links to work. The links provided below are recommended courses for accessibility:
- Creating Accessible Documents in Microsoft Office
- Creating Accessible Documents in Microsoft Word
- Adobe Acrobat DC: Creating Accessible PDFs
Making our content more accessible is not only a requirement under Section 508, but it is better for all our students and staff. It is the responsibility of each member of the organization to help make our information more accessible for everyone. Let’s make the State Center Community College District an example of good practice.
Accessibility training will be provided to all District staff and you should attend if you:
- Create documents that will be shared or distributed electronically
- Need access to make changes to any district website
- Want to learn a few tricks and tips that make document modification easier
- Create documents that need to be posted on the web or shared with students
Future Training Dates
California Community College Technology Center Presents:
Microsoft Word Accessibility
Training on: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Herndon Campus, HC-106
A hands-on training course on how to create accessible documents in Word and properly export to Adobe Acrobat Pro. Course will also cover how to test for accessibility and how to manually verify that heading structure is correct. Accessibility Best Practices will be discussed.
Adobe Acrobat Accessibility
Training on: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Location: Herndon Campus, HC-106
A hands-on training course on how to create PDF documents (not including forms) that meet accessibility requirements. It is recommended that attendees have attended a Microsoft Word Accessibility training course before attending this course.
Liezl Madrona, M.Ed. in Learning Design & Technology, is an Instructional Designer Accessibility Specialist for the Accessibility Center, grant-funded by the California Community Colleges (CCC) Chancellor’s Office and hosted at Butte College. Liezl focuses on designing and developing online self-paced accessibility micro-courses for professional development.
Liezl previously worked with the California Virtual Campus-Online Education Initiative (CVC-OEI) as an instructional designer extensively working with faculty one-one to develop responsive, accessible, and innovative instructional online courses. She also partnered with the CCC Chancellor’s Office, Health Services Association, and the Mental Health & Wellness Association to develop Wellness Central, a self-paced course for students to gain information and access to state and local resources for mental and health wellness. She enjoys adding gamification elements and multiple methods of instructional delivery in her courses to promote inclusive and engaging learning experiences.