Introduction to Accessible PDF Documents

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Presented at 8:00am in Standley I Lab on Wednesday, November 20, 2019.



  • Rob Haverty, Senior Program Manager, Accessibility, Adobe

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 2-hr
  • Format: Lab
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference


Making PDF documents and forms accessible can be a daunting task when you don’t know what tools are available and which is the best one to use. In this session, participants will be introduced to the various tools available in Acrobat Pro DC & walk through the workflow to take a document, convert it to a PDF, & fix some of the basic tagging issues.


This class is for novices in PDF accessibility and will cover elements such as: • Why it is important to have an accessible source document. • The various tools in Acrobat Pro DC and how to remediate basic issues in an inaccessible PDF. • How to convert a scanned document to an accessible PDF. The goal for this training is to give participants the basic skills necessary to create an accessible PDF. It is a hands-on, lab style course so come prepared to do some work. There will be little to no lecture, just demos and practice. Participants will receive a USB drive at the beginning of the session with the practice materials as well as a guide for creating accessible PDFs that can be used after the session. Lab machines will be available but you can bring your own laptop with the latest version of Acrobat Pro DC (the trial version is fine) and Microsoft Word installed.


  1. The basics of creating accessible PDFs with Acrobat Pro DC
  2. The importance of the source document
  3. Where to look for more information on creating accessible PDFs

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Accessible Educational Materials, Alternate Format, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Rob Haverty

Rob Haverty is a Senior Product Manager on the Accessibility team at Adobe primarily focused on Document Cloud. With more than 20 years of accessibility experience Rob as has been involved in many facets of accessibility including product development, technical evangelism, and policy and standards development. Rob has presented at conferences world-wide and has been involved in international accessibility projects such as the UNESCO Inclusive Classroom Project. Prior to coming to Adobe Rob was engaged in accessibility work at Microsoft. Rob has been focused extensively on PDF accessibility during his years at Adobe with the goal of making it easier to create accessible PDF documents frequently providing training on using Acrobat Pro DC to create accessible PDFs.


1 - Introduction to Accessible PDF, Acrobat Pro DC - March 2018 2 - Basic Demo 2 - Basic Demo 3 - Word Document with Errors 4 - Links 4 - Links