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PDF Accessibility Fundamentals

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Learn how to make PDFs accessible to people with disabilities related to vision, hearing, mobility and cognition.  This course will teach you how to make a PDF document WCAG 2.0 Level AA compliant.

When you've successfully completed this course, you'll be able to bring most PDF documents into conformance with the criteria established by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.0 Level AA success criteria.

Specifically, you'll be able to:

  • Apply accessibility standards to a PDF document.
  • Use the Adobe Acrobat Pro DC platform to remediate a PDF document.
  • Apply a process to remediate a PDF document.
  • Test the PDF document against accessibility standards.

Expected time to complete: 4 hours

Course Prerequisites / Technology Requirements:

Please note that to successfully complete this course, you'll need:

  • Familiarity with general computer skills (navigating webpages, saving files, opening files, &c.).
  • A monitor (or monitors) that will allow you to view the course and a PDF file at the same time.
  • Ability to install and access Adobe Acrobat Pro DC. (Downloading the free trial version of Adobe Acrobat Pro DC requires a credit card.)
  • Access to a color contrast checking tool, either by downloading and installing one (such as the Colour Contrast Analyser) or, if you cannot download one, a web-based checker (such as the Contrast Checker).

We also recommend installing a screen reader program (assistive technology that reads screen content to a user) such as JAWS or the free NVDA. While a screen reader program is recommended, it is not required.

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