The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 1990 was passed to ensure the full inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of American society. As part of the ADA, the ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) state that all electronic and information technology, i.e. designing websites, software, hardware, video and multimedia, and telecommunications, must be accessible to people with disabilities.
With the increase in digital accessibility, the ADA Enforcement Agency encourages organizations to use the compliance guidelines as a guide on how to become accessible.
Section 508 Compliance Services
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act or ADA requires Federal agencies to make Electronic and Information Technology (E&IT) accessible to users with disabilities, including:
- Visual impairment, color blindness
- Hearing impairment
- Speech impairment
The law includes standards for software applications, operating systems (OS), web-based applications, and multimedia. These standards apply to files made available in the Portable Document Format (PDF).
PDF Accessibility/ADA & WCAG Compliance
The Portable Document Format or the PDF is one of the most widely used formats in the print media, publishing, and education domains. However, it is important to ensure that these PDFs are accessible to people with disabilities.
In compliance with Section 508, WCAG 2.0, and WCAG 2.1, or ADA, Aptara ensures PDF documents are accessible to people who use screen readers and that they meet the necessary standards and requirements. This means that the documents which are in PDF format are properly tagged and well structured.