This page features resources for creating, developing, and testing accessible information and communications technology (ICT) content.
Accessibility Policy Documents
- HHS570, Accessibility Exception Request Form [PDF document]
- HHS570, Accessibility Exception Request Form Instructions [Word document]
- HHS Accessibility Reporting Template (Updated February 3, 2020) [Word template]
- VPAT® 2.4 - Section 508 (Revised February 2020) [Word document]
Documents and Forms
Online training about PDFs can be found our Training page.
- HHS Redaction Processes for Word and PDF Documents [PDF document]
- PDF Accessibility Process [PDF document]
- Adobe: Acrobat Accessibility Training
- Adobe: Creating Accessible PDFs with InDesign
- WebAIM: Accessible PDF Techniques
PDF Remediation: Complex Tables with Spanning Headers
This tutorial focuses on remediating complex tables with spanning headers in PDFs. The tutorial is available below as a single document and as part of a ZIP file with before-and-after example files that can be used for practicing the skills.
- Microsoft Office Accessibility Center
- Creating Accessible Microsoft Office 2013 & 2016 Documents Video, audio and text tutorials from the Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities
Online training about Microsoft Word can be found our Training page.
HHS Reports Tab for Microsoft Word
The HHS Reports Tab optimizes Microsoft Word so that the tools people use when creating reports are easier to find. These tools can also help you create accessible reports.
- HHS Reports Tab for Word [ZIP archive]
- Themes for HHS Templates [ZIP archive]
- Word Accessibility Process [PDF document]
Other Resources for Word
Online training about Microsoft PowerPoint can be found our Training page.
Online training about Microsoft Excel can be found our Training page.
- Excel Accessibility Process [PDF document]
HHS-specific Resources for Web Development
General HTML and Accessibility
- A11Y Style Guide A CSS style guide, generated from KSS documented styles, focused on accessibility.
- Accessibility for Teams A quick-start guide, developed by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), for embedding accessibility and inclusive design practices into your team’s workflow.
- HTML5 Accessibility A resource that shows the current accessibility support status of HTML5 features across major browsers.
- Va11yS (Verified Accessibility Samples) A collection of code samples along with testing results to help developers understand how different web components operate with assistive technology (AT) on desktop and mobile devices.
- Web Accessibility in Mind (WebAIM)
W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications)
- WAI-ARIA 1.1 Specification
- WAI-ARIA Authoring Practices 1.1 Includes design patterns for standard widgets
- Dev.Opera: Introduction to WAI-ARIA
- Dev.Opera: Accessible Drag and Drop Using WAI-ARIA
- ARIA Scripted Controls Acid Tests
- WebAIM: Usable and Accessible Form Validation and Error Recovery
Video and Captioning
- CADET Free caption and audio-description authoring tool
- WebAIM: Captions, Transcripts, and Audio Descriptions
- YouTube: Add Your Own Subtitles & Closed Captions
Other Accessibility Resources
Assistive Technology Developers
NV Access is the developer of the NVDA screen reader.
Accessibility Discussion Lists
Here are some online discussion lists that are useful for keeping up with accessibility issues and techniques.
State of Texas Lists
These lists are associated with Texas state agencies.
|List Name and Link||Description|
|DIRTECH||Networking and expertise sharing among Information Technology (IT) professionals in Texas government.|
|DIRTRAIN||Training and education issues in Texas government. Geared towards those who coordinate/deliver training.|
|Discussion lists owned by Texas state agencies||A listing of all the public mailing lists on lists.state.tx.us.|
|PESO (Public Electronic Services On-the-Internet) Working Group||Mainly oriented to accessibility issues.|
|Texas Assistive Technology Users||Share tips and tricks on using assistive technologies or ask questions of other assistive technology users on how to more effectively use your software.|
These lists are not associated with a Texas state agency.
|List Name and Link||Description|
|AppleVis||A community-powered website for blind and low-vision users of Apple's range of Mac computers, the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV, and Apple Watch.|
|Austin Accessibility and Inclusive Design Meetup||Networking group in Austin, Texas, for developers, designers, accessibility, usability, and any other high-tech professionals who wish to learn and share knowledge about accessibility and inclusive design.|
|FedAccessibility||A group that advocates for the United States Government to be a model practitioner of accessibility to people with disabilities. Issues include federal technology and personnel policies.|
|The JAWS for Windows Support List||This group aims to be a source for anything and everything related to JAWS for Windows. Topics range from discussion of new and upcoming features, to compatibility with certain programs, and so on.|
|Knowbility Accessibility SIG||Share accessibility information with the Knowbility community.|
|techlunch||A lunchtime meetup, chaired by the Texas Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities. Meets monthly in Austin, Texas, to discuss accessibility issues.|
|U.S. Government Drupalers||Federal government Drupal group.|
|WebAIM Forum Discussion List||Discuss web accessibility issues with a large international community of accessibility professionals.|