Online instructor-led training

Acrobat Section 508 Accessibility

Jun 3,


About the event

Course Details


This class provides participants with the skills to properly prepare Adobe PDF documents and fillable PDF forms for access by users with disabilities such as blindness, low vision, and mobility impairment. In this course, participants will create, modify, and test PDF documents for accessibility.


This class is appropriate for novice to intermediate level users. Bringing samples of the kinds of projects that you’d like to be able to do is helpful but not required. We also recommend that you have the software installed before starting the class. You can purchase the software or obtain a trial version of it from the Adobe web site at




  • 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

All Classes Taught by Industry Pros


Christine Marsh

With over two decades of experience as a producer, director, editor, animator, marketing consultant, designer, and digital media trainer, Christine is a creative professional who has worked with clients such as Johns Hopkins University, Voice of America, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She has taught a wide range of classes and custom training sessions for colleges, professional development centers, and private clients on topics such as graphic design, web design and development, 508 compliance, marketing, interactive media, video editing, animation, motion graphics, 3D modeling & animation, virtual/augmented reality, pre-production skills, and video production techniques, i.e. cinematography, directing and producing.