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Create Accessible PDFs

How to create accessible Portable Document Format (PDF) documents that conform to the Revised 508 Standards.


The resources in this section were developed by the Accessible Electronic Documents Community of Practice (AED COP).

Adobe Acrobat DC Portable Document Format (PDF)

Adobe Acrobat Pro (Older Versions)

Training Videos

  • Training Video Series: How to Test and Remediate PDFs for Accessibility (all videos audio described and open captioned)
    • Module 0 - Introduction

    • Module 1 - What is a PDF?

    • Module 2 - Testing a PDF for Accessibility

    • Module 3 - Remediating PDFs for Accessibility

    • Module 4 - Converting Scanned Documents into Section 508 Conformant PDFs

Other Tips

  • When generating PDF documents through conversion from another format, or through an automated tool, ensure the resulting PDF file is properly tagged to support accessibility.
  • If using an authoring tool, make sure the tool is capable of generating accessible PDF documents that conform to PDF/UA (some do not).

Agency-Developed Guidance

The resources in this section were developed by Federal agencies, and shared here for your convenience. Note, much of this guidance predates the Revised 508 Standards.

Related Resources

Reviewed/Updated: June 2019