Section 508 Compliance Training for Accessible PDFs

This one-day class will teach you how to make PDF documents accessible with Adobe Acrobat. It is a comprehensive hands-on training that focuses on creating well-formed, properly structured documents in Microsoft Word and InDesign by following basic principles. Making PDF documents accessible is easiest when the original Word/InDesign document is properly structured. An accessible document is a document created to be as easily readable by a sighted reader as a low vision or non-sighted reader. Topics covered in this class include:


  • Document Structure
  • Page Layout
  • Document Properties

Creating Accessible Documents in Word and InDesign:

  • Using Styles in Document Creation
  • Importance of Document Tags
  • Accessible Tables and Forms
  • Hyperlinks and Bookmarks
  • Proper use of Images/Graphics
  • How formulate an accessible ALTernative-TEXT
  • Color and Contrast
  • Exporting to PDF

Adobe Acrobat Pro Features:

  • Checking Document Properties
  • Use Content, Order, and Tags Panels
  • Touch Up Reading Order Tool
  • Identifying the proper tag type for each content item
  • Manual and Automatic Tagging
  • Adding and Editing Tags

Accessibility Check

  • Checking accessibility using Adobe Acrobat and PDF Accessibility Checker 3 (PAC3)
  • Understanding and Resolving Error Messages

Companion Section 508 Classes:


  • This class requires participants to have basic working knowledge of Adobe Acrobat, PDFs, and Adobe InDesign.
  • In addition, participants should be familiar with requirements of Section 508.

Note that this class covers how Section 508 guidelines can be implemented using these applications. It does NOT cover the requirements of Section 508 nor provide guidance on making documents compliant. AcademyX is not, nor do we represent ourselves to be, experts on Section 508 compliance. Our training on the mechanics of implementing accessibility should not be construed as training on Section 508 compliance itself. It is each participant's responsibility to ensure their materials comply with all applicable requirements.