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School of Medicine Columbia

Accessible PDF Documents from the Start

Type: Recorded Webinar
Location: Webinar with Transcript
Cost: Free. (Registration is required.)


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About the Program

Targeted Audience: K-12 General Education and Special Education Teachers, Administrators and Therapists

PDF documents can present some significant barriers if accessibility is not accounted for in the source document (ex: Word, PowerPoint, InDesign). In this session, we will discuss the accessibility issues we commonly see in PDF documents and connect them back to the topics discussed in the session on Microsoft Word.

We will dig into the Tags Tree and discuss how each of the structures, such as headings, lists, links, and tables should be represented in the PDF. We will also provide some tips on things to watch out for upon conversion from Microsoft Office. We recommend that anyone attending this PDF session either has previous knowledge of Microsoft Word Accessibility or attends the session on Microsoft Word in this series. We will be using Adobe Acrobat Pro DC for this session.

About the Presenters

Portrait of Lyssa Prince

Lyssa Prince

Lyssa Prince is an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Accessibility Coordinator with Oklahoma ABLE Tech. She has a Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) degree from the University of Oklahoma and applies the user-centered approaches from the information sciences to digital accessibility. Lyssa enjoys digging into the meat of websites and applications to provide targeted feedback on how to include people of all abilities in an organization's digital presence. In addition to assessing websites for accessibility, she provides training and technical assistance on how to integrate accessibility into Adobe PDF, Microsoft Office, as well as how to perform accessibility testing. Lyssa was certified by the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) as a Certified Professional in Web Accessibility (CPWA) in 2020.



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