Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology

Accessibility Resources

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Accessibility Checklists

Canvas and Ally

Accessible STEM Resources

  • Please visit the Accessible STEM Resources webpage.
  • STEM Accessibility: This is a self-paced online course created by the California Community Colleges Accessibility Center. This course includes an overview of common STEM accessibility issues, as well as links to software and tools you can use to create accessible STEM content, including math equations, chemistry formulas, and more, in Canvas and Microsoft Word.
  • Accessible Math Guide: Mathematics faculty from the North Carolina Community College System Virtual Learning Community developed this guide for higher education instructors.The guide covers authoring accessible math content for Word, EPUB, web, learning management systems, such as Canvas, and more. 

Accessible Syllabi

Accessible Documents and Presentations

Helpful resources

A note about PDFs

Please note that at this time the CTLT can help you create accessible documents; however Cal Poly does not have remediation services to fix inaccessible PDFs that were authored by others. If you create a source file for a PDF, such as a Word document, you can fix the Word document to make it accessible, and then save as PDF. The accessibility features will be retained in the PDF. However, if you did not create the original file for an inaccessible PDF, we recommend you do the following:

  1. Find an alternative resource that is fully accessible
  2. Check with the Cal Poly Kennedy Library to find an electronic version of your text or resource
  3. Use SensusAccess if your PDF is a scanned document, to improve readability

Section 508 Accessibility Checklists

Color Contrast Analyzers

Accessible Charts

Accessible Charts:  Penn State resource: Charts, graphs and maps are often inaccessible to colorblind users and users of screen readers. See the examples Penn State provides for details on how to make your charts more accessible.

Microsoft Word

Microsoft PowerPoint

Adobe PDF

Accessible Video

Cal Poly Portal Training

My Cal Poly Portal accessibility training:

  1. From the Cal Poly Portal, choose Staff and Faculty Training at the top
  2. Next choose Go to Skillsoft on the lower right
  3. Next choose the Quicklinks menu at the top to find a menu with accessibility training options


SensusAccess: Self-service, alternate media solution made available by Kennedy Library to automatically convert files into a range of alternate media including audio books (MP3 and DAISY), e-books (EPUB, EPUB3 and Mobi) and digital Braille. The service can also be used to convert inaccessible files such as image-only PDF files, JPG pictures and Microsoft PowerPoint presentations into more accessible and less tricky formats. This service is available at no charge for all Cal Poly students, faculty, staff and alumni. We call that Inclusive Technology.

Disability Resource Center

Cal Poly Disability Resource Center: The Disability Resource Center (DRC) provides services for students with disabilities, and facilitates student learning and access through partnerships with students, faculty, and staff.

Cal Poly Accessibility Resources

Access by Design: Accessible Instructional Materials Checklist for Cal Poly Faculty. Includes links to tutorials and resources.

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Accessibility Overview

The Student Experience

Accessibility Workshops

Video Creation and Captioning

Related Content

Teaching Resources

Teaching Resources

CTLT Workshops

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