The Pearson Guidelines are corporate accessibility guidelines designed to address international and US standards as well as to improve the accessibility of media products in a practical way today.

Author: Suzanne Taylor
Lead Consultant / Contributor: Jim Thatcher
Mobile Techniques Author for Version 2.0: Kathy Wahlbin
Word, PDF & PowerPoint Techniques Author for Version 1.5: Kathy Wahlbin
Glossary Author for Version 2.0: Nicholas Bromley
Reviewers of Version 1.0: Wendy Chisholm, Thea Eaton, Derek Featherstone


What's New in 2.0.2?

Techniques for guideline 34 updated.

What's New in 2.0.1?

Techniques for guidelines 12, 23 and 27 updated.

What's New in 2.0?

Standards Referenced

These guidelines reference and speak to the following US and international standards:

The Section 508 and W3C standards form the basis for understanding of accessibility requirements in the United States and throughout the world and the Pearson Guidelines would not be possible without these standards.

While the Pearson Guidelines reference these standards, the Pearson Guidelines have not been reviewed by or endorsed by the associated standards organizations.

We are working on mappings to other national and usability standards. If any particular mapping is important to you, please let us know.


Disabilities Addressed

Visual Impairment:

Many of the Pearson Guidelines allow people with visual impairment to access the media through software that reads the contents of the media aloud. Such software programs are called screen readers.

Several of the guidelines that improve access for those with visual impairment also help provide access for:

Additional guidelines improve access for those with:

Media Addressed

The Pearson Guidelines address:

Although applicable, the Pearson Guidelines do not fully address:

If you need information on the additional requirements for these, contact Suzanne Taylor.

The Pearson Guidelines do not address:

These media types have a different, parallel set of requirements and regulations. The Pearson Guidelines are NOT applicable to television, film and games written for game consoles. However, when these media types are reused online, the accessibility features (e.g. captions, audio description) should be evaluated for reuse. This is often less expensive than recreating the accessibility features.


The Pearson Guidelines primarily affect:

Some of the Pearson Guidelines affect:

About the Design of Version 1.5

Thanks to Carolyn Wagner for her significant contributions to the new design.

Thanks to Ron Spezial, Allyson Graesser, Rich Feitelberg and Heather Johnstone for their help creating the opening "high-level" view of the guidelines.

Thank you to all of the Pearson Accessibility Advocates and Liaisons who have provided feedback on this site. Please keep sending feedback so we can make the site work as well as possible for you and your teams.