If you are wondering how to increase the accessibility of your Word, Excel, or Power Point documents, check out the new Accessibility Checker. This handy tool may be located in the ribbon under the Review tab on Microsoft Office 2013 or newer on Windows and MacOS.
When you select the Accessibility Checker, a table will pop out, providing suggestions to increase usability for a wide range of disabilities. While composing a research paper using the APA style template, the Accessibility Checker identified the lack of headings throughout the document. Reviewing a Power Point Presentation, the checker flagged the image files which lacked alt tags. Even more amazing is these test occurred on my MacBook Pro, and the checker worked flawlessly with Voice Over.
For more information about increasing the accessibility of your Word documents, visit this link. It matters not if you are drafting an internal memorandum to writing your memoirs, all documents should include many of these incredibly simple formatting edits to enhance readability for everyone.