As a government, we serve all. That means that regardless of someone’s ability or disability, we need to make it possible for them to access our services using the channel they need to do it. That requires us to think about accessibility as soon as we start thinking about creating a service.
In this issue, we share resources and tips that we’ve been using to build accessibility into our work and services from the start.
Accessibility has a reputation for being difficult to implement and sometimes even unobtainable. But building inclusive services that work better for everyone isn’t about perfection. In her blog, CDS’ resident accessibility champion talks about how small steps and hard work from the very beginning can make all the difference in someone’s experience with a service.
How to make your Word documents more accessible
Did you know there’s a feature that lets you add alternative text (text description of visuals) to images in your Word documents? This allows people who are blind or visually impaired to understand the context of all the content.
It’s a small change that makes a big difference!
Here’s how you can do it:
Right-click the image in your Word document
Click “Format Picture”
From the side menu, click the third icon
Under “Alt Text”, add a full text description in the “Description” field, and a shorter one in the “Title” field
Note: this may look slightly different depending on what version you are using.