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Create Accessible PDFs

February 2, 2012

When you post or send your students PDFs, make sure that those documents are accessible to all.  PDF files are not typically created in Acrobat. They are often created in another program and converted to PDF. There are dozens or probably hundreds of programs that can create PDF files, but very few of them produce tagged PDF files, which are utilized by assistive technologies.

Your best option to create PDF files accessible to visually impaired students using readers is to create a document in Word and save it in a manner that creates an organizational framework to allow greater accessibility.  Use this link for directions.  You may need to download the free MS Office Add-In, also in the directions.  If you have any questions or need assistance, contact Denise Smith at

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  1. Sally Herlong permalink
    February 6, 2012 12:49 pm

    Thanks for sharing, Lori!

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