Accessibility Tools & Resources


All of these tools offer an interface for fixing elements, making accessibility fixes quick and easy.

Ally Instructor Feedback and Alternative Format Tools

Pope Tech

  • Most effective testing tool
  • Tests per page
  • Interface for fixing issues
  • Access from Editing mode in Canvas
  • Page about Pope Tech


Canvas Accessibility Checker


CCC Document Converter Tool

Visit a web page set up by the CCC Chancellor's Office to administer the CCC Document Converter tool

Upload a file and choose from available formats. The converted document will be emailed to you.

Available formats include MS Word, PDF, HTML, RTF, CSV, MS Excel.

This tool is especially good for scanned PDFs that are very inaccessible. Using the CCC Document Converter tool, the document can be converted to be compatible with assistive technology.

ALLY - Allow Students to Convert Documents to Alternative Formats

ALLY - Locate which Documents have Accessibility Issues

  • ALLY provides accessibility indicators for documents that show which documents have accessibility issues – in Canvas pages where documents are linked, in the Files area, and documents linked directly to from Modules 
  • ALLY Course Accessibility Report will list documents with named accessibility issues, including the all important scanned document warning
    • Use the CCC Document Converter Tool described above for these identified scanned documents
  • Page about ALLY Instructor Feedback features and Course Accessibility Report


Word Accessibility Checker

See instructions on using the Word Accessibility Checker

PowerPoint Accessibility Checker

See instructions on using the PowerPoint Accessibility Checker

PDF Accessibility Testing

Google Docs

  • Google provides some general guidelines on making your document or presentation more accessible.
  • The Chrome browser offers an extension called "Grackle Docs" that checks for accessibility issues in Google Docs and Google Sheets. You can find it in the Chrome Web Store. SRJC no longer has a license, so will cost money. 


Checking Color Contrast in Canvas

When working in Canvas, there are many choices for checking color contrast for accessibility, including the built-in Canvas Accessibility Checker, Pope Tech, UDOIT, and the Ally (Instructor Feedback tools). These tools will also provide an interface for choosing colors with sufficient contrast.

Clicking on the Ally Accessibility Indicators is particularly helpful to identify color contrast issues and is the only tool that checks documents for color contrast errors.

Ally Accessibility Indicators

Once clicked on, the contrast issues will be highlighted. You will not be able to fix the issues, but this is a great diagnostic tool at your fingertips when working in Canvas.

Tool for Checking Color Contrast Everywhere

The app Colour Contrast Analyser can be downloaded for free and can sample colors on web pages (including Canvas pages) and documents. This tool will diagnose foreground and background contrast errors and give you tools to find a passing color, but you will not be able to fix the colors with it.

See a video on using the Colour Contrast Analyser tool

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