In this day and age, most of our communications are digital in nature. Whether the information communicated is posted on the web site or is shared through e-mail or social media, it usually starts its life as some digital content created by a word processor or text editor.
All of these digital documents – including those used as educational materials – need to be accessible to people with disabilities.
Digital documents include, but are not limited to:
- Word processed documents (e.g., MS Word, Google docs)
- Portable Document File (PDF) documents.
- Presentational (e.g., PowerPoint, Google slides) documents.
- Spreadsheets (e.g., Excel, Sheets) documents.
- Instructional materials (e.g., textbooks, workbooks, trade books)
- Curriculum materials (e.g., planning and learning goals)
- Assessment materials (e.g., national/statewide assessments, teacher-made exams, etc.)
- Web documents and correspondence (e.g., e-mails, videos, surveys/feedback forms, announcements, public notices, parental notifications, postings on social media, etc.).
We provide a complete section of resources, including training materials on our Maine CITE website. For convenience, we have separated them into:
- Accessible Digital Documents – focused on digital content
- Accessible Web Design – focuses on web structural and presentation.