PDF Accessibility: Know the Standards, Mitigate Your Risk

Author: PaulRayius

Since 2013, I’ve assisted various organizations including healthcare, government (local, state and federal agencies), financial institutions, and colleges and universities meet their PDF accessibility needs. Regarding the laws and standards, I’m well versed in Section 508 (including the recent “refresh”), ADA, Health and Human Services (HHS; including the “refreshed” standard), WCAG 2.0 and PDF U/A. My professional memberships include IAAP, contributing to the Body of Knowledge for the CPACC and WAS examinations, and the PDF Association where I participate in the PDF/UA Competence Center and the PDF/UA Technical Working Group. I also participate in, and moderate, several online accessibility forums, frequently present at national conferences, and contribute to various panel discussions on PDF accessibility. Prior to joining the CommonLook team, I graduated with a BMe in Instrumental Music Education from Florida State University and taught middle school band for 11 years.