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Adobe Acrobat Section 508 Accessibility Training Course

Adobe Acrobat Section 508 Accessibility Training Schedule

Section 508 Accessibility Training Course Synopsis

This class provides you with the concepts and skills to properly prepare Adobe PDF documents and fillable PDF forms for access by users with disabilities such as blindness, low vision, and other impairments. In this course, you will create, modify, and test PDF documents for accessibility purposes so they are compliant with Section 508 standards and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 requirements.

Prerequisites for this Section 508 Accessibility Training Course

Knowledge of your operating system and basic computer navigation is required for all classes. We also recommend that you have the Adobe Acrobat software before starting the class. You can purchase the software or obtain a trial version of it from the Adobe web site.

What You Will Learn in This Section 508 Accessibility Training Course

  • Tagging PDF Documents
  • Section 508 Compliance
  • Accessible PDF from Microsoft Office Applications
  • Tools for Checking Accessibility
  • Combining Multiple Documents
  • Tab Order, Bookmarks, and Language Options
  • PDF Forms and Accessibility
  • Section 508 Accessibility Training Course Length and Time

    This class is 1 day long. Class time is 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Breaks are scheduled throughout the day and lunch is typically scheduled 12-1. Students provide their own lunch.

    Section 508 Accessibility - Enrollment

    Please see our Enrollment Page ( for our enrollment form.

    Locations for this Section 508 Accessibility Training Course

    We have training centers in Atlanta, Houston, Chicago, Denver, San Diego and Washington DC. We also offer classes at a network of rental facilities. We offer private onsite training and instructor-led, live online training. If coming to a rental facility, please double-check the location of your class with our office to make sure you get to the right location.

    Goals for this Section 508 Accessibility Training Course

    Sterling Ledet and Associates realizes the importance of education and we take pride in being able to offer you classes that are more custom fit to your needs. Call us at (877) 819-2665 if you have any special questions or e-mail us at

    Lesson 1 - Accessibility and Adobe PDF

    • What is Accessibility
    • Accessibility and PDF
    • What makes PDF accessible

    Lesson 2 - Understanding Tagging and Document Structure

    • Tagging and PDF
    • What tagging looks like in PDF
    • When to tag PDF documents
    • Why touchup is often needed

    Lesson 3 - The Accessibility Workflow

    • Six steps to Accessibility in PDF
    • Forms and form fields
    • Tagging the document
    • Repairing common problems
    • Editing the tag tree

    Lesson 4 - PDF and Microsoft Office Applications

    • Creating tagged documents from MS Office
    • Creating tagged PDF documents from Adobe InDesign
    • Adding Accessible text to graphics
    • Using threads and structure in PDF
    • Creating tagged documents from web pages

    Lesson 5 - Working with Multiple Documents

    • Why combine multiple documents?
    • Inserting, replacing, and deleting pages in Acrobat
    • Combining files from multiple applications

    Lesson 6 - Making PDF Forms Accessible

    • Workflows for creating forms
    • Tips for working with PDF forms
    • Forms and Accessibility

    Lesson 7 - More About Tags and PDF

    • Creating URL links in PDF documents
    • Adding tags to an untagged document
    • Reading the add tags report
    • Finishing for accessibility

    Lesson 8 - Evaluating PDF Documents for Accessibility Problems

    • Tools for checking accessibility
    • Using full check for accessibility
    • Using reflow to check reading order
    • Other ways of checking the reading order

    Lesson 9 - Repairing Reading Order and Basic Tagging Problems

    • Touch up reading order tool
    • Reading order and the order tab
    • Reading order tool options
    • The touchup workflow
    • Techniques to fix reading order problems
    • Fixing common accessibility problems

    Lesson 10 - More Accessibility Features

    • Setting the tab order
    • Adding bookmarks
    • Adding accessible links
    • Setting the document language
    • Setting security settings and screen readers
    • Adding a watermark to PDF


    Our goal is to make sure your class meets your objectives, not ours. Therefore, all of our outlines are treated as guides to help steer the workshop. This outline does not guarantee that all the topics listed will be covered in the time allowed. The amount of material covered is based on the skill level of the student audience. We may change or alter course topics to best suit the classroom situation.

    Upcoming Classes


    Fri. Jun 22, 2018

    Online $699

    Fri. Jun 29, 2018

    Thu. Jul 05, 2018

    Fri. Jul 20, 2018

    Online $699

    Thu. Aug 02, 2018

    Fri. Aug 17, 2018

    Online $699

    Comments from Students

    Jerome is a very, very good instructor, very thorough and patient.

    - J. B., Oct 23, 2015

    Very efficient. Good information based on users needs

    - Anonymous, Oct 23, 2015

    helpful information in preparing files for 508 clearance

    - C. K., Sep 18, 2015