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PDF Files

In order for the content of a PDF file to be accessible it must be text-based. Some PDF files are created as "images" which are not accessible to screen reader software.

PDF files should be "tagged" to be fully accessible. This allows for:

  • logical reading order
  • images with text descriptions
  • descriptions for table structures

Note: PDFs created by copiers are image files.

There are ways to convert PDFs into text-based. Acrobat Pro is required to do this. Instructions for making accessible PDFs and checking the accessibility of your PDF files.

See also: Creating Accessible Adobe PDF Files: A Guide for Document Authors.

Contact Us

Office of Disability Resources 
Student Disability Services
Amy Wight, Director
Taylor Hall


Lynnett Van Slyke
University Intercessor and Director of Disability Compliance
36 Wallis Hall