Accessibility enables people to realise their full potential 1 January Microsoft Accessibility – what is it and why does it matter? Accessibility enables people of all—of all ages and abilities to realise their full potential. Microsoft creates technology that is accessible to people around the world – of all ages and abilities. Accessibility is becoming increasingly important for organisations in Australia to address in their documentation and websites. According to Vision Australia, there are over 4 million people with a disability and this is expected to increase with the aging population. Consider this with respect to the increased use of the web to enable access to the diverse range of services and information that it provides. Organisations have a legal obligation under the Australian Disability Discrimination Act 1992 to ensure that information is accessible by everyone. Regarding websites, the Australian Government’s Web Accessibility National Transition Strategy required government agencies to achieve certain levels of website conformance by the end of 2014. Hence, accessibility is an important and essential consideration for government and private organisations in Australia when creating any type of electronic documentation. What does this mean? Many people with vision impairments use assistive technologies such as screen readers to enable them to use a computer. Accessibility is what makes computer use possible. People who are responsible for creating content be it for internal or external use, must create the content that is able to be read by screen readers. Did you know that Microsoft Office has long contained features to aid in creating accessible documents, spread sheets and presentations? Microsoft Office 2010 and Microsoft Office 2013 incorporate several new and updated accessibility features that are easy to use. These features include the Accessibility Checker that not only helps users to identify areas in the document that might be readable by a screen reader, it also suggests ways to fix it. How can we help? AMC Training Centre is pleased to incorporate an introduction to accessibility, as well as accessible features into our Word, Excel and PowerPoint courses, along with our upcoming Webinar on this important topic. Too busy to come on a course and just need key learning in this area for your team? Attend our concise one hour online learning session to gain a quick and cost understanding of accessibility as it relates to creating content in Microsoft Office applications. This course is designed for users who are already experienced at using Microsoft Office, and who just need to learn how to use the inbuilt accessibility features. Learning Outcomes: What is accessibility and why we should care? Overview of Accessibility in Microsoft Office 2010 (video) Key features in Office for people with disabilities Key features in Office for creating content that is accessible Course Contents: access and use the Accessibility Checker in Word, Excel and PowerPoint use the Mini Translator to read an email or a document add alternative text descriptions to shapes, pictures, tables or graphics use Full Screen Reading use the keyboard to work with ribbon programs access and use additional features for creating accessible documents in Word Date: Tuesday,19th November Time: 1:30pm-2:30pm Cost: $79.00 per person Recent post Mastering Words using Word and common quick keys Top tips for Microsoft Excel 5 top tips for Drupal content authors Handy EOFY Guides – MYOB On the move!