Accessible Adobe InDesign Layouts to Produce Accessible PDFs (2021)

Presented at 10:30am in Gov Square 14 (Lab) on Monday, November 15, 2021.



  • Bevi Chagnon, Designer, Senior Accessibility Trainer,

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 5-6-hr
  • Format: Lab
  • Expertise Level: Intermediate
  • Type of session: Pre-conference


Day-long pre-conference hands-on workshop teaches how to construct Adobe InDesign files that export "graciously" to accessible PDFs with minimal remediation afterwards. We expect new InDesign features in the fall, so this workshop will incorporate them into a doable workflow for graphic design and publishing. Lots of tricks, tips, and strategies.


From start to finish, this hands-on workshop covers each step of the publishing workflow for any type of Adobe InDesign project — books, long documents, academic research, classroom materials, campus/administrative items, public-facing materials. Focus: creating InDesign layouts that convert to accessible PDFs with minimal remediation in Acrobat…that is, PDFs that are nearly 100% accessible right from InDesign with the right tags, correct reading orders, and Alt-text. Added discussions: Accessible InDesign templates for recurring publications; Do's and dont's that minimize the gotchas; Using OpenType/Unicode fonts to meet Sec. 508. Workshop demonstrates the use of the latest versions of Adobe InDesign and Acrobat Pro because they have the latest tools for accessible publications as well as make the most accurate, accessible PDFs and EPUBs. Before the workshop, make sure your laptop is updated with the latest Creative Cloud releases if you'll be using your own laptop at the conference.


  1. Includes checking and testing PDFs for compliance.
  2. Covers how to make InDesign layouts that comply with WCAG and PDF/UA, and work with non-compliant AT.
  3. Includes step-by-step instructions and handouts.

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Accessible Educational Materials, Other, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Bevi Chagnon

Bevi Chagnon has been active in the standards community for 25 years, and currently is a US Delegate to the ISO committees for PDF and PDF/UA. With a long career in publishing, she’s an expert for Adobe InDesign, Acrobat, MS Office, and accessibility. She’s a professional educator, award-winning designer, and former faculty member at Washington DC-area colleges/universities. Bevi is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, and a contributor on many forums, including the Adobe Community Forums where she is an invited Community Expert.