The Path to Digital Document Accessibility

Bios & Handouts

Scheduled at 2:15pm in Windsor on Wednesday, November 14 (2018).



  • Ryan Pugh, Director of Accessibility, Onix

Session Details

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


What’s the first step in developing a digital document accessibility program that works for your organization and your users? Learn what decisions you need to make and how to implement those choices to ensure widespread digital document accessibility now and into the future.


Digital document accessibility isn’t something done on the fly. It takes forethought, planning and an understanding of the processes involved, not to mention an eye on what lies ahead for accessibility in the future. Your path to digital document accessibility depends on both your organization’s needs and those of your users. It also depends on the ever-changing regulatory environment. In making digital documents accessible to those with visual impairments or language barriers, you have three big choices: remediation, conversion or replacement. There’s no right answer to these questions and the other decisions you’ll face once you decide if you’ll remediate, convert or replace your documents. Join the digital document accessibility experts from Equidox by Onix for real-world advice about how to “slay the accessibility dragon” and make your digital documents available to all today and into the future. It’s not just the law. It’s the right thing to do.


  1. Each organization takes a unique path to digital document accessibility based on its needs and its users.
  2. This path includes deciding among remediating, converting or replacing inaccessible documents.
  3. Future-proofing your efforts is a must in today’s ever-changing regulatory environment.

Disability Areas


Topic Areas

Assistive Technology, Information Technology, Legal, Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Ryan Pugh

Ryan Pugh, a professional member of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals, is a Deque University certified-accessibility specialist and document remediation expert who assists Onix in growing its role as an industry-leading, full-spectrum digital accessibility consultancy.

Prior to joining Onix, Pugh served as an Access Technology Analyst for the National Federation of the Blind in Baltimore, where he was the association’s focal point for accessibility and usability testing. He conducted intensive web accessibility audits for compliance with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 AA for numerous Fortune 500 companies, including some of the world’s largest online retailers, notable colleges and universities, government agencies at the federal, state and local levels, and other non-profit institutions. He delivered accessibility training workshops and managed the NFB’s document remediation program, specializing in PDF accessibility.

Pugh also has served with the UK Ministry of Defence in various roles. Besides his studies at Herndon, Virginia-based Deque University, Pugh also attended John Cabot Technology College and St. Ursula’s Comprehensive School in Bristol, England.