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I Can Make Accessible Materials in Microsoft Office? And It's Easy!

by Sarah Humphreys and Brennan Maupin

Rob Morgan from IT Training presenting how to create accessible material in Microsoft Office.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the IT Training department offered their unique CAMMO Training for JMU staff.  CAMMO, or Creating Accessible Materials in Microsoft Office, was a 90 minute training that explained how to use Microsoft Office to create accessible materials.  As a student with disabilities, I have struggled with inaccessible course material at JMU. Usually it’s not because professors don’t want to do it; instead, it’s because they don’t know how to make material accessible. I was happy that there was a good turnout of JMU staff there who were willing to learn and use what they have learned about accessibility.  It is important for both JMU staff and students to know about the accessibility tools in Microsoft Office both for their own learning and to help others.

"The participants were very positive about what they learned, saying 'I can do this!'"Rob Morgan’s presentation was both detailed and easy to understand.  Attendees found the information to be very useful. One participant commented that they developed “understanding [of how]… we use technology in a different way.” Another said, “It is easier than I expected to add accessibility features to Office files.” The participants were very positive about what they learned, saying “I can do this!”  The CAMMO Training was a great opportunity to learn about accessibility and to promote diversity and universal design on campus!  Let’s hope Rob and IT Training decide to offer it again!!



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