BYO Device Lab: PDF Train the Trainer: Learn how to teach others to create accessible PDFs and become an Adobe certified trainer (2-day workshop)

Presented at 10:30am in Westminster III on Monday, November 13, 2017.



  • Rob Haverty, Senior Program Manager, Accessibility, Adobe

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 5-6 hr
  • Format: Bring-your-own Device Workshop:
  • Expertise Level: Intermediate
  • Type of session: Pre-conference


This BYO Device 2-day session is designed to teach you how to train others to create accessible PDFs. It is not an introductory course to accessible PDF and participants with some experience in PDF accessibility will get the most benefit out of the course.


Day 1 The goal of day 1 is to understand the various ways to create accessible PDF documents and forms and which tool(s) to use to remediate existing, inaccessible, materials. We all have our own inherent or learned ways of doing things. Understanding the multiple approaches to accessible PDF will enable you to teach to the specific styles your students may have in accomplishing tasks. E.g., one student may be like using the mouse for drag & drop where another may want to use the keyboard to cut & paste. Day 2 The goal of day 2 will be to build on day 1’s experience with an even deeper focus on training techniques you can use to teach others to create accessible PDFs. We will close out day 2 with an open-book exam based on the contents of the course.Upon completion of the course you will receive certification as an Adobe PDF Accessibility Trainer and a copy of the Adobe PDF Accessibility Curriculum (handbooks for trainers & students, sample files, exercises, and videos) for you use.


  1. Learn to teach others to create accessible PDFs
  2. Cover all the features of PDF and the Acrobat suite
  3. Obtain certification and training materials.

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Vision

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Other, 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.