What is an accessible document?

Have you been given the job of producing an accessible document for your company and have no idea how to do it?

In a nutshell, an accessible document will allow people with visual impairment who use adaptive technology such as a reading program, the ability to read or navigate a document.

With 18%* of adults experiencing blindness or some form of visual impairment, it becomes obvious why companies need documents that are accessible.

When would you need an accessible document?
 

Let’s imagine for a moment that your company has produced a beautiful colour brochure or document with stunning images, infographics and charts and have tasked you with making it available as an accessible, downloadable document. That fancy design is going to put a reading app in a tailspin.

Rather than redesign all your documents to strict compliance requirements you can simply output a pdf of your document and then send it off to companies like AOK to have the content optimised. We will do this by adding an invisible layer of instructions to the pdf which guides adaptive technologies through the document.

But that’s not all; you can even have forms which are electronically fillable. Clever right?
 

If you’ve made an investment in design and have a suite of documents, it is a simple step to then create an accessible version which will allow all your customers access to your company message and transform your customers’ experience for the better.

I hope that has given you a clearer idea of how easy it is to generate accessible documents. 

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* https://www.visionaustralia.org/services/print-accessibility
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