Section 508 Accessibility Using Adobe Acrobat and Adobe InDesign

This 1-day class teaches participants how to use Adobe Acrobat and Adobe InDesign to add information and functionality to electronic documents and forms in order to make them compliant with the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.


On January 18, 2017, the U.S. Access Board published a final rule that updates requirements for information and communication technology (ICT) covered by Section 509 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 in response to market trends and innovations, such as the convergence of technologies. The refresh also harmonizes these requirements with other guidelines and standards both in the U.S. and abroad. Since 2003, when the State of California enacted Government Code Section 11135, all State agencies and departments are required to comply with federal Section 509

Among the many topics covered in the revised Section 408, is a requirement that all public-facing official agency business content, as well as specific categories of non-public-facing content that is official agency business, be accessible. The ubiquity of PDF documents and forms on most web sites makes Adobe Acrobat and InDesign two of the most valuable tools for implementing Section 508 accessibility.

Topics covered include:

  • Content Reading Order
  • Adding Alternative Text
  • Tagging PDF
  • Anchoring Objects within Text
  • Page Title
  • Export Tagging with Styles
  • Interactive Form Elements
  • Adding File Metadata


This class requires participants to have working knowledge of Adobe Acrobat and Adobe InDesign that is equivalent to our Adobe Acrobat Fundamentals and Adobe InDesign Fundamentals courses.

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.