Getting started with document accessibility

Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 1:45 – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Glass 486 – Jones Reception and Meeting Room
Categories: Beginner, Content, Livestream

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This session will lay the groundwork and provide the key fundamentals for the creation of documents that can be accessed by everyone.

What you’ll learn

  • Gain introductory knowledge of document accessibility.
  • Define the difference between usable accessible documents and nominal accessible documents.
  • Apply accessibility fundamentals in Microsoft Word and perform a check.
  • Convert accessible Word documents to accessible PDF documents.


Darren Gabbert

Senior business operations associate, University of Missouri-Columbia

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Darren Gabbert has a BS in computer science and is a senior business operations associate for the University of Missouri-Columbia Adaptive Computing Technology Center. He has provided adaptive technology services on the MU campus for over 30 years. Mr. Gabbert has served as co-PI on projects funded by the Department of Education, National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health. He also collaborates with the College of Engineering to conduct research in robotic assistive technology. Mr. Gabbert has an advanced form of spinal muscular atrophy and has continued to be productive using single-switch scanning for the past 13 years.

Carmen Schafer

Business technology analyst-specialist, University of Missouri-Columbia

Carmen Schafer is a business technology analyst for the University of Missouri-Columbia Adaptive Computing Technology (ACT) Center. She has a bachelor’s degree in computer information science from William Woods University and over 20 years of working experience in the field of Information technology. In search of meaningful work, she joined the ACT Center in 2007. She provides assistive technology support, conducts web and document accessibility testing and assesses the compliance level of procured Information Communication Technology (ICT) within the University of Missouri.