ACCESSIBLE EDUCATION: How to Create Accessible Crossword Puzzles

Crossword Puzzles

Since 1858, The American Printing House for the Blind has operated in Louisville, Kentucky as the world’s largest nonprofit organization creating accessible learning experiences through educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are blind and visually impaired.

APH has created a web-based app for digital accessible crossword puzzles. These puzzles are fully accessible and can be navigated and solved using a screen reader. There are existing puzzles with academic content for 5th – 12th grade covering topics such as Science, Social Studies, Literature, Math, The Arts, Us History and World History. There are currently over a 100 existing puzzles available.

Need to create accessible crossword puzzles? Here are some resources that can help.

1) APH Accessible Crossword Puzzle App Review

2) Crossword Puzzle User Guide
This User Guide offers information on how to create new puzzles. This is a fantastic opportunity for teachers to take those crossword puzzle worksheets and make them accessible! These digital crossword puzzles also teach and provide opportunities to strengthen tech skills and digital grid math skills.

3) Sample Accessible Crossword Puzzles


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