Create an Accessible PDF from a Microsoft Word Document

The goal of accessible learning is that a person with a disability will obtain the information as fully, equally and independently as a person without a disability. When a learning setting is accessible, a person with a disability is afforded the opportunity to acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same services as a person without a disability in an equally effective and equally integrated manner, with substantially equivalent ease of use. 

You can create an accessible PDF by saving a Word document as a PDF. To begin, start with an accessible Word document.

To Create a PDF in Microsoft Word 365

  1. Go to File > Save a Copy and select PDF(*.pdf) as the file format.
    Identifies PDF option
  2. Click More Options... under the dropdown menu.
  3. Choose "Optimize for: Standard (publishing online and printing)" in the window that appears, then click the Save button.
    Identifies Optimization choice.