Training

This page features training information and resources regarding accessible information and communications technology (ICT) content for all HHS staff.

Online Training

Introduction to Electronic and Information Resources (EIR) Accessibility Course

Note: This training course is only available to HHS staff.

In this course, you will learn the following:

  • What accessibility is and why it's important.
  • How people with disabilities access electronic information and benefit from accessibility.
  • What accessibility laws have been passed and what they require.
  • How you can make your own workplace accessible.

To take the Introduction to Electronic and Information Resources (EIR) AccessibilityExternal site course, log into System Training Solutions (STS) with your employee ID number and agency's name (HHSC or DSHS). Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a certificate of completion.

Basic Web Accessibility Tutorial

This two-part tutorial focuses on the basics of web accessibility, but the concepts discussed here apply to other ICT formats.

Microsoft Office

Word

Dashboarding Word: Revealing the Right Tools for the Write Job Right Now

This tutorial series shows HHS staff on how to use the HHS Reports tab and templates in Microsoft Word to create accessible documents that conform with HHS branding guidelines.

Part 1: The Ribbon Retied - The HHS Reports Tab

In this tutorial, you will learn how to install and customize the HHS Reports Tab into your Microsoft Word ribbon. This tab organizes the ribbon tools needed to create standard, accessible HHS documents.

Part 2: Two Panes to Ease Your Pain

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the Navigation and Styles panes in Microsoft Word to create standard, accessible HHS documents. The Navigation Pane gives you a document roadmap to move through, organize, and search your documents efficiently. The Styles Pane gives you the opportunity to define and standardize the text of your document so that everyone can read your document with ease.

Part 3: Templates to Tackle Your Troubles

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the Templates, Themes, Colors, and Fonts in Microsoft Word to create standard, accessible HHS documents. You will also discover that while using the power of Templates and Themes, customizing your documents for your individual preferences is easily done.

Part 4: Templates to Tackle Team Troubles

In this tutorial, you will continue learning how to use the Templates, Themes, Colors, and Fonts in Microsoft Word to create standard, accessible HHS documents. You will also discover that while using the power of Templates and Themes, sharing your documents with your team will allow for easy, standardized collaboration into a single document. The days of mismatched document sections and complicated merging are over.

Part 5: Tailoring Word to Suit You

In this tutorial, you will expand your learning of how to use the Templates, Themes, Colors, and Fonts in Microsoft Word to create standard, accessible HHS documents. Whether you get headaches from long document writing sessions or have low vision, using the power of Templates and Themes can allow you to customize documents for your individual needs. Then, when it's time to publish or share your document, you can easily convert it to a standardized version for everyone.

Tip: Converting DOC to DOCX

In this tutorial, you will learn how to convert an old Microsoft Word file (DOC) to the new format (DOCX). If you see a document with an extension of DOC, that document is still using the format of Microsoft Word 2003 and earlier. When you are given a DOC file to revise, the first thing you should do is convert it to the more modern file format, DOCX.

Creating Accessible Microsoft Office 2013 and 2016 Documents

The following tutorials are from a training series available on the Governor's websiteExternal site.

How to Make Figures Accessible

This module gives detailed instructions on everything that must be done to make figures accessible in a document.

Hyperlinks

This module demonstrates how to make meaningful contextual links for everyone.

Colors and Contrast

This module goes over the basic rules and provides resources that help you create a document with correct color and contrast every time.

Word Forms

This module covers all the parts of a form and how to make them accessible to those using a screen reader. It also gives you instructions on how to lock and unlock the form, so users can only fill out and delete information in the designated areas.

Excel

The following tutorials are from the Creating Accessible Microsoft Office 2013 and 2016 DocumentsExternal site training series available on the Governor's website.

Creating an Accessible Excel Spreadsheet, Part 1

This module focuses on best practices for creating accessible spreadsheets.

Creating an Accessible Excel Spreadsheet, Part 2

This module concentrates on advanced steps for creating accessible spreadsheets.

How to Make Accessible Excel Forms, Part 1

This module covers the basics for creating accessible Excel forms as well as a brief review of Excel accessibility best practices.

How to Make Accessible Excel Forms, Part 2

This module gives advanced instructions on controlling the type of data being entered, and also locking and protecting your Excel form.

PowerPoint

The following tutorials are from the Creating Accessible Microsoft Office 2013 and 2016 DocumentsExternal site training series available on the Governor's website.

Designing Accessible Presentations

This module tells you how to build structure into your presentation and also how the different visual components should be formatted.

Delivering Accessible Presentations

This module describes what you need to prepare for your presentation so it is accessible to every audience member.

Adobe Acrobat Pro

Making PDF Tables Accessible

This tutorial series focuses on creating tables in Word documents, converting them to PDF, and making them accessible with Adobe Acrobat Pro.

Classroom Training

The following instructional materials are those used in live classroom training classes conducted by the ICT Accessibility Team.

2019 John Slatin AccessU Conference

2016 Accessibility Training Class Materials

Additional Training Opportunities

DIR + Knowbility Training

Courses on state and federal laws regarding web accessibility standards are available in Austin through vendors contracted by the Texas Department of Information Resources. Review the courses descriptions on the DIR + Knowbility websiteExternal site.

Freedom Scientific

Freedom Scientific provides web-based training on the JAWS screen readerExternal site, free webinarsExternal site, and links to more training resources on the web. Check out their websiteExternal site for more information.

John Slatin AccessU Accessibility Conference

Each year, Knowbility hosts two days of training by world-class accessibility experts at the John Slatin AccessU Conference in Austin, Texas. Check the AccessU websiteExternal site for course and registration information.

The HHS Accessibility Team presents several classes at the John Slatin AccessU Conference. Instructional materials used in those classes are available in the Classroom Training section of this page.

Public Electronic Services On-the-Internet (PESO)

DIR sponsors regular training through the Public Electronic Services On-the-Internet (PESO) working group. Visit the PESO websiteExternal site for more information.