Accessible Word Documents Class

Documents are the lifeline of communications. It’s where ideas come to life, where people collaborate and how ideas move forward. 

Did you know that if your document isn’t written, structured and formatted in a certain way, it’s likely not accessible?

Get the knowledge, skills and practice to make sure your documents work for everyone.

September 11, 2024

6:00 – 9:30pm CST



September 12, 2024

9:00am – 12:30pm AEST


The cost for the training is:
CAD $395.00 + Tax

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This is what happens when your audience can’t access your documents.

Accessibility gets a bad rap of being too much work that’s too hard and takes too much time. But what if creating accessible documents actually saved time and made them easier to format, update and use?

If the space bar is your best friend, if “format painter” is the way you apply formatting to headings or if matching page numbers to the table of contents leaves you with your eyes crossed with every edit, you’re spending too much time fussing and your documents aren’t accessible for people with disabilities.

Unleash your creativity by mastering how to create, write and format accessible documents.

Creating accessible documents takes knowledge, skills and practice.

Accessibility isn’t something you do at the end of the creative process, it’s the completion of it, and something to plan for from the beginning.

The Accessible Word Documents Class is designed to help

You’ll learn practical ways to create accessible documents to meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1 AA) in this 3.5-hour class.

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What you’ll get:

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Live, instructor-led online training

3.5 hours of online training to learn core concepts and apply your knowledge through practical exercises and small group activities.

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Pre-reading and homework to help you prep

Access to pre-reading and activities before the program starts to help you get the most out of the live classes.

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Resources and tools you can use after class

Part of the journey is learning as you go. You’ll get a reference guide and checklist you can use every day, plus real-time feedback on your document.

What you’ll learn:

The principles of accessible documents – what they are and why they’re important

What accessibility levels, standards and guidelines are and the requirements for meeting them

How to improve the structure of a document by using styles to make it accessible including headings, lists and proper formatting

How to use accessibility features like alternative text for images, reading order, tables, spacing, the navigation pane and the accessibility checker so your documents are compatible with screen readers and voice recognition software

How to incorporate accessibility into your workflow with accessible brand templates you can use over and over again

The moral, legal and financial risks associated with creating inaccessible documents 

Dates & Times

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Classes are:

Cohort 1: September 11 6:00 – 9:30pm CST


September 12 9:00 – 12:30pm AEST


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Classes are:

Cohort 2: September 23 9:00 – 12:30pm CST



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The cost for training is:

CAD $395.00 + Tax


The cost for the training is $395.00 + GST. Classes are on December 6 and 7, 2023 from 10:00am – 12:30pm Central each day.

About your instructor Kelly Thibodeau

If we haven’t met yet, my name is Kelly Thibodeau. I’m the daughter of a mom who had physical and cognitive disabilities and I witnessed first-hand the negative impacts of living in a world my mom felt excluded from. 

I bring together over 25 years of marketing and communications experience and have been involved in creating accessible online web content since 2007, first as a member of a corporate working group, then as a website editor and social media manager. I started Squarely Social in 2018 and have been incorporating accessible practices in my work and in my training programs. I’ve led and developed curriculum for universities, organizations and industry groups on digital and social media marketing.

Instructor Kelly Thibodeau

I believe that digital experiences are social, and that conversational content includes disabled people. 

Funding provided by the Manitoba Government through the Manitoba Accessibility Fund.

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