Resources & Training

Understanding digital accessibility is the first critical step towards creating accessible web content, classroom materials and multimedia assets. At GW, there are a number of resources to help content creators, managers, developers, purchasers and approvers of digital online content and related technology understand and meet accessibility standards, ranging from self-paced tutorials to in-person support and training.

On-Campus Resources



Libraries and Academic Innovation (LAI)

The LAI division offers a range of support for students and faculty creating or utilizing accessible digital content. Assistive technology tools such as screen readers are available for the GW community at Gelman Library.


Marketing and Creative Services (MCS)

The MCS team can provide consultation on website, visual design, video, and social media best practices pertaining to accessibility. Bring your questions to MCS office hours, hosted weekly in Foggy Bottom and daily via WebEx.

External Resources

There are many resources available online to gain a better understanding of web accessibility and to learn how to effectively manage your content to meet web accessibility standards.


GW has an enterprise license with SiteImprove, a website quality assurance tool that allows any GW website owner or content manager to monitor the quality of the content on their websites, from misspellings to broken links and outdated references.

SiteImprove also monitors the quality of your website's accessibility and includes access to their SiteImprove Academy, which offers self-paced tutorials that give overviews of accessibility and examples of creating accessible content.


Accessibility for Microsoft Office

Review this course module on Microsoft Office to learn how to use the tools within Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook to meet accessibility standards.


Content Contributors and Designers

This course module covers everything from creating accessible PDFs, media and design files and written content, and is perfect for those managing digital content on a daily basis.


Web Developers

Learn how to structure your code or platform to better serve users with motor, cognitive, visual and physical challenges. For instance, find out how to provide better keyboard-only navigation, screen reader order, and to meet color contrast standards.



An accessibility-minded culture within an organization starts at the top. This module provides information and tips on how to guide employees in creating accessible products and services. provides a wide array of topics and best practices including more than 200 accessibility-related tutorials across six courses. Current GW faculty, staff and students can access Lynda trainings at no cost by logging on with your GW NetID and password. We recommend reviewing these two courses and exploring others based on your personal interests.


Creating Accessible PDF Documents

Learn how to create valid, accessible PDFs that can be read by screen readers and users of other assistive technology using Word, Excel, PowerPoint, InDesign and AcrobatDC.


UX Foundations: Accessibility

Learn the core concepts of accessibility as it relates to user experience design, including an overview of the assistive technologies visitors may use to access your content.

Web Accessibility in Mind (WebAIM)

The WebAIM: Web Accessibility in Mind website provides easy-to-follow overviews and tips on web accessibility. 


Introduction to Accessibility

Get a comprehensive walkthrough of the challenges introduced for various types of content, the technical solutions available to meet these challenges, and the appropriate way to use these solutions to make your content accessible.


Color Contrast Checker

Use this tool to ensure the colors used on your website and other digital materials meet the appropriate color contrast guidelines.


Still have questions? Contact us!

If you have additional questions, feel free to contact us for more information and support.