Adobe Acrobat Section 508 Accessibility



This class provides you with the concepts and skills to properly prepare Adobe PDF documents and fillable PDF forms for access by users with disabilities such as blindness, low vision, and other impairments. In this course, you will create, modify, and test PDF documents for accessibility purposes so they are compliant with Section 508 standards and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 requirements.


  • Adobe Accessibility Standards Overview
  • Disabilities Addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Overview of Design Concerns in Section 508 of the ADA
  • Understanding Tagging and Document Structure
  • Setting Up a Document in Microsoft Office for Tagging
  • Setting Up a Document in Adobe InDesign for Tagging
  • Working with the Accessibility Panel
  • Adding ALT Text to Photos and Graphics
  • Adding ALT Text to Charts, Graphs, and Diagrams
  • Identifying Images When Acrobat Doesn’t
  • When NOT to Add ALT Text: Identifying Background Graphics
  • Adding, Moving and Deleting Pages
  • Editing Text and Images
  • Adding Text Boxes
  • Inserting Images
  • Changing Page Numbering
  • Combining Microsoft Office Files Into a PDF
  • Adding Scanned Documents
  • Converting Scans to Searchable or Editable Text
  • Adding Image Files and Vector Graphics Files
  • Adding Pages from Other PDFs to the File
  • Creating a Fillable Form from a Word Document
  • Adding Form Fields
  • Adding a Digital Signature Field
  • Testing and Changing the Tab Order
  • Adding Tooltips to Form Fields
  • Creating New Bookmarks
  • Editing Bookmarks
  • Setting Up Bookmarks to Export from Microsoft Word
  • Creating a Bookmark Hierarchy
  • Creating New Links to Document Pages
  • Editing and Troubleshooting Links
  • Creating Internet and Email Links
  • Setting Up a Table of Contents in Acrobat
  • Setting Up a Table of Contents in Microsoft Word
  • Setting Up a Table of Contents in Adobe InDesign
  • Changing Security Settings 
  • Adding Password Security
  • Adding Certificate Security 
  • Allowing Screen Readers to Access Content
  • Setting the Initial View
  • Adding Metadata
  • Setting the Document Language
  • Adding a Document Title
  • Changing the Header Display to Title from File Name
  • Setting Up the Accessibility Checker
  • Understanding Each of the Checklist Criteria
  • Understanding the Errors that Need to be Fixed
  • Simple Fixes
  • Challenging Fixes
  • Evaluating PDF Documents for Accessibility Problems
  • Repairing Reading Order and Basic Tagging Problems


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