PDF Accessibility – Train the Trainer



  • Rob Haverty, Senior Program Manager, Accessibility, Adobe

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 2-day
  • Format: Bring-your-own Device Workshop: Laptop with Adobe Acrobat Pro DC and Microsoft Word installed
  • Expertise Level: Intermediate
  • Type of session: Pre-conference


In this session you can learn more about creating accessible PDFs & how to teach others. This is a hands-on session. Attendees will need to know the basics of remediating PDFs. Attendance at both days is required to be certified as an “Adobe Certified PDF Trainer”.


This session teaches you to train others to create accessible PDFs. At the end of successfully completing both days you will receive an “Adobe Certified PDF Trainer” certificate. For this class you need a laptop with Acrobat Pro DC & Microsoft Word installed. Instructions on what you need will be sent prior to the class. Day 1 Introduction to PDF Accessibility, Creation & Remediation Goal: understand how to create accessible PDF documents & the tools to use to fix inaccessible PDFs. Multiple approaches to accessible PDF will be shown to enable you to choose the approach that works best for you. And, as an instructor, to teach to the specific styles your students may have. Day 2 Advanced PDF Topics & Certification Goal: build on day 1 with a moving into more advanced subjects such as complex tables, scans, & forms. Day 2 will end with a test based on the contents of the course to get the Adobe PDF Accessibility Trainer certificate.


  1. Understand how to use Acrobat Pro DC to create accessible PDF documents
  2. Learn approaches to teaching PDF remediation for accessibility
  3. Develop the skills to build our a successful remediation program.

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Accessible Educational Materials, Faculty Development & Support, Teaching about Accessibility in Curriculum, 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.