​​Adobe Acrobat Pro DC

This application is available for any computer in the Shelton School District.  If you don't know if you have Acrobat Pro DC, or need instructions on how to install it, see How to install Adobe Acrobat Pro DC.  It has accessibility features built into the application to make it easy to add accessibility information to any PDF.

This page contains the following instructions

How To Enable The Accessibility Tools In Adobe Acrobat Pro DC

​By default, the accessibility tools are not added to the Adobe Acrobat DC toolbar.  You must first enable them to check for and fix accessibility issues.  Follow the instructions below to enable the accessibility toolbar.

  1. Open Adobe Acrobat Pro DC.
  2. Click on "Tools".
  3. Scroll down the list and click on the "Add" button under "Accessibility".

Check for accessib​ility issues

Once the toolbar is added, you can find it in the right toolbar drawer at the bottom.  

For this example, I will be using a PDF document I found in the Business Office Department under a page titled Audits.  Even though this PDF came from out of District, because it is shown on our website, it must adhere to the Shelton School District accessility standards.


After you click on the Accessibility button, the right toolbar drawer will change to list all the options relating to accessibility.  You may use any of these tools to assist you in fixing accessibility issues.  One way to do this is by running a "Full Check" on an opened document.


Clicking the "Full Check" button will bring up a dialog box asking what you want to check for.  After reviewing the options, click on "Start Checking".


Adobe Acrobat Pro DC will then check the opened document for any accessibility issues and display the results in the left toolbar.  You may expand some sections by clicking on the plus button to the left of a section.  Any issues will be bolded, contain a red "x" icon, and show text with the number of issues (for example: Document (4 issues)).


To fix these issues, right click on one of them.  You will see a menu appear with an option to "Fix".  If you don't see a "Fix" button, you will have to manually fix this issue.  To learn more about how to fix an issue, or if you are curious about why Adobe Acrobat DC determined an issue was present, you can click on the option "Explain".  This will open a tab in a browser that explains the accessibility issue that usually contains links describing how to best fix the issue.