Your Guide To PDF Accessibility In Education

Higher education has never been more diverse. Accessibility is about breaking down barriers for everyone to participate. Inclusive teaching ensures every student can join in. Making materials accessible benefits all and reduces the need for individual adjustments.

In today’s digital age, with online learning as the new norm, ensuring digital accessibility is crucial to avoid discrimination and support students with disabilities.

Wait, and there’s more to this story. It’s not just a good practice; it’s the law. Educational institutions are legally obligated to ensure digital accessibility. The European Accessibility Act aims to eliminate discrimination by ensuring digital accessibility in education and websites. This enhances access to education for the disabled and eases their entry into the job market.

Enforcement of this law is required by July 2025.

So let’s delve into a query: Are you familiar with the steps institutions must take to ensure document accessibility in learning materials?

Accessible Materials and Technology.

More and more online learning materials are in PDF format, which can be a headache for higher education IT teams trying to make them accessible. The accessibility features can be tricky to use, and educators might not be aware of all the options.

An accessible PDF goes beyond being just a file format; it ensures that those with visual impairments can easily access and understand the content. This is a game-changer for students with disabilities, as it enables them to use assistive technology that converts document text into speech. To function properly, a PDF must meet the standards; otherwise, users may not be able to access the content.

Planning For PDF Accessibility.

We have to admit, for an educational institution to meet its legal obligations and provide equal access to all – students, staff, and faculty – isn’t a simple task. It takes a lot of time, dedication, and a big change in the way things are done. 

Our 3 Accessibility Tips For Educators

  1. The easiest way to prevent inaccessibility is to invest in purchasing user-friendly PDF software technology that assists users in checking and validating PDFs for accessibility and making immediate fixes. Ideally, you want software that automatically makes PDFs accessible.
  2. The software tool should align with PDF/UA (ISO 14289) standards and provide an accessibility compliance report. By implementing the right software, schools can easily meet all the requirements outlined in the European Accessibility Act, while maintaining greater control over their budgets.
  3. It’s crucial to train both staff and students in document accessibility and stress the importance of sharing accessible documents on campus. This matters not only during implementation but also for maintaining accessibility standards and being an inclusive educator.

How PDFix Provides Accessible Education?

PDFix is committed to making the digital world more accessible for everyone, with a strong emphasis on improving accessibility in education.

PDFix Desktop Pro, our PDF Accessibility software tool, generates fully accessible PDF/UA documents, from straightforward manual remediation to a fully automated process driven by AI engines and machine learning. Whether you’re a tech professional or new to the game, it’s quick and remarkably user-friendly.

One More Tip: A University-Wide PDF Accessibility Solution.

Handling a large number of documents and ensuring inclusive content at the same time is a tough task for university IT teams, especially when they go at it alone. One suggestion from us would be to consider implementing a university-wide tool specifically designed for automatically creating accessible PDF documents. Would you like more details on this?

Our University Remediation App.

Behold our latest creation: the University Remediation App. This innovative demo application revolutionizes the way you handle PDF documents. Whether you’re a tech guru or a complete novice, you can now effortlessly upload your PDFs and have them transformed into fully compliant PDF/UA documents.

Our solution marries the best of both worlds – the efficiency of automation and the precision of human intervention. As you open the web application and upload your PDF, our powerful back-end processing server gets to work, ensuring your document meets all accessibility standards. It’s like having a personal document accessibility expert at your disposal but without the complexities or costs.

Test Here And Now.

Imagine the time and resources you’ll save, all while delivering a universally accessible user experience. With our University Remediation App, it’s not just great – it’s a game-changer. Welcome to the future of document accessibility, where simplicity meets sophistication.

Fully Customizable With Us

The demo app is a flexible blueprint that can be customized to suit your unique needs. You have the freedom to tailor the UI design, server deployment, and integration according to your preferences. Simply share your specific requirements, and we’ll make it happen.