Introduction to Accessible PDFs


Scheduled at 8:00am in Standley I Lab on Thursday, November 16 (2017).



  • 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. To participate in the class attendees MUST come with the following: 1. A laptop computer 2. Acrobat Pro DC installed on the laptop (the trial version is fine) 3. Microsoft Office (Word) installed on the laptop


  1. Learn how to use Acrobat Pro DC
  2. Learn the basics of creating accessible PDFs
  3. Learn how to convert Word documents to PDFs

Disability Areas

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Alternate Format, Teaching about Accessibility in Curriculum, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Rob Haverty

Rob Haverty is a Senior Program Manager for Accessibility at Adobe with a focus on Document Cloud and PDF accessibility. Rob holds over 20 years of accessibility experience, and previously worked at Microsoft, focusing on product development, technical evangelism, and policy and standards development.


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