Accessibility Essentials Checklist

Accessibility Essentials Checklist

Use this checklist to address essentials and learn more about accessibility and universal design for learning (UDL) with the Accessibility and UDL Instructor Resource developed by the CTT in collaboration with the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD), Instructional Technology Services (ITS), and Institutional Equity and Compliance (IEC).

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The Checklist

Essential list of accessibility checks to do in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, along with Canvas, Adobe PDFs, and Videos.

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Recommendations for creating hyperlinks that describe the target resource, telling people where they’re going.

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Images / Videos

Approaches for including meaningful alternative text or resources describing the content of images and videos.

Learn more about images / videos

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Strategies and tips for implementing semantic styles essential to creating accessible content across multiple platforms.

Learn more about structure

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Guidelines for formatting accessible tables, making sure tables are used for tabular data only—not for style or formatting purposes.

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Resources for using accessibility statements, color, color contrast, and accessibility checking tools.

Learn more about supplements

The Accessibility Checklist - Print Version is suitable for distribution or printing (.pdf format).


Selected resources on Accessibility are available on the Resources page.


Development of the Accessibility Checklist was made possible through a College of Arts and Sciences Instructional Improvement Fund grant.

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The print and web accessibility checklist by Michael R. Jolley and Eyde Olson at the Center for Transformative Teaching at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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L.I.S.T. Acronym by Elizabeth Tu at the Center for Faculty Development at San Jose State University ( is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Accessibility Essentials Checklist
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