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Digital Accessibility Initiative

The Digital Accessibility Initiative is an initiative to make all online documentation fully accessible at Marymount Manhattan College. 

In order to provide equal access and equal education opportunities to people with disabilities it is important to take into consideration alternative formats and alternative methodologies for student education. In a time where the percentage of students with disabilities entering college is climbing, it is crucial for everyone to do their part in creating an inclusive educational experience.

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 mandates that, “All Electronic Information Technology must be made accessible to people with disabilities.”  Additionally, all colleges and universities receive some form of federal funding and therefore must comply Federal mandates. Achieving this goal of being a fully accessible and inclusive institution, helps to protect Marymount Manhattan College from any legal ramifications that might occur as a result of not being compliant. 



The Digital Accessibility Initiative is a campus-wide ambition where everyone can do their part to assist with making Marymount Manhattan College as digitally accessible as possible. This includes all faculty and staff.



The first step is to scan any documents that may be presented to students for accessibility issues. 

Primary tools to check document accessibility:

  • Microsoft Word Accessibility Checker

Microsoft Word Accessibility Checker

With Microsoft Office apps there is a built-in accessibility checker feature. The feature is listed under File: Check Issues. When you click on this option, it immediately scans the document for any accessibility issues. By clicking on an issue that is found the accessibility checker will explain how to fix it. ________________________________________________________________


The resources button below leads to a page that contains documents, presentations, and video links on how to create accessible documentation.