Demystifying Accessible PDF Creation from Microsoft Word

Presented at 9:15am in Denver 4-6 on Wednesday, November 16, 2022.



  • Chad Chelius, Trainer/Consultant/Accessibility Wizard, Chax Training and Consulting

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference


In this session, learn how to incorporate Word features to facilitate the creation of an Accessible PDF file.


In this session you'll learn about the features in Microsoft Word that are critical to accessibility and specifically to the creation of an Accessible PDF file. You'll learn how to incorporate proper tag structure into a PDF file as well as how to ensure all of your graphic elements contain appropriate alternative text or how to artifact them and prevent them from being read by assistive technology. You don't need to be an expert in any product to benefit from this session. This session is geared towards the everyday Word user who is tasked with creating Accessible PDF files.


  1. Very basic Word knowledge can yield significant returns when creating a PDF file from Word.
  2. Understand the key elements of Word that can make a big difference with accessibility.
  3. Learn how to generate accessible PDFs from Microsoft Word

Disability Areas

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Accessible Educational Materials, Assistive Technology, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Chad Chelius

Chad Chelius is a trainer, author, consultant, and speaker as well as Director of Training Solutioins and Principal for Chax Training and Consulting. He resides in the Philadelphia area and has been using Adobe products for over 25 years. He began his career in the design and publishing industry. As an Adobe Certified Instructor and consultant he teaches and advises on all Adobe print and web products, specializing in InDesign and InCopy workflows, Illustrator, automation, and PDF accessibility using InDesign, Word, and Adobe Acrobat. He works with clients both large and small in and outside of the United States, helping them to solve design, workflow, and accessibility challenges using Adobe products. Chad is a LinkedIn Learning author and you can connect with him on LinkedIn or Twitter.