Accessibility Classes — Details

Step-by-step guidance from start to finish.

Hands-on real-world exercises. And sharing of our practical knowledge and expertise. Oh, and design tips.

Plus most classes include a workbook reference guide with 75 – 250 pages of in-depth guidance and how-tos. Access to the online recording, too, for one year. And a certificate at the end.

That's what is included in each live class.

Our traditional classroom is temporarily closed, and all classes at this time are held online in our virtual, live Zoom classroom.

We've conducted thousands of hours of online, live training over the past 20 years, and we've developed a format that maximizes your learning and keeps your attention going. Shorter sessions over more days gives you time to breath after each class, and maintain some of your regular workday, too. Better, stress-free learning. It's a nice format.

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Accessible Word & PowerPoint

Accessible InDesign

Accessible PDFs

Accessible Forms

A11y Expresso Shots, Briefings and Overviews

Accessible Word + PDF — A Pro Class with Bevi Chagnon

Upcoming Sessions:
— Summer: July 15 – 17, 2024

Format:
  Online icon for online seats are available for this session   Late start Icon for late-start sessions.
Starting time: 11 am – 3:30 pm ET
Course Length: 12 hours (3 half-days)
Fee: $725
""Register

Do you need to make accessible Word documents and export accessible PDFs? And do you want to stop spending time and money with outside vendors to correct the PDF afterwards?

Here's the class everyone needs. It is specifically designed for:

  • Writers and editors
  • Government publishers and communicators
  • Government contractors
  • Proposal writers and editors
  • Authors and subject matter experts (SMEs)
  • Document specialists
  • Academic support staff
  • Administrative support staff
  • Graphic designers who want to understand things go wrong when they import an author's Word file into an InDesign desktop publishing layout. Whew!
  • Webmasters and developers who must prepare accessible PDFs for their websites and content management systems (CMS), and
  • Others who create MS Word documents destined for the web, digital media, and content management systems.

This pro class is for all levels of MS Word users, from entry-level to advanced users. The following topics are covered in this concentrated 12-hour course:

  • The law and the guidelines: Understanding Section 508 requirements, WCAG guidelines, PDF/UA guidelines, the U.S. Access Board's expanded requirements, and your responsibilities. Whew! We'll simplify all of that for you and show exactly what you need to do.
  • Features that make Word documents and PDFs accessible.
  • Using Word's formatting styles and tools to create accessible Word documents and other cross-media projects (see added benefits below).
  • How to correctly format these items for accessibility:
    • Tables
    • Lists
    • Headings
    • Body text and sidebars
    • Tables of Content
    • Footnotes
    • Hyperlinks
    • Graphics
  • Designating artifacts.
  • Setting the file's metadata and language.
  • Guidelines for writing appropriate Alt-text.
  • Exporting accessible PDFs from Word and other Office applications.
  • Checking PDFs for accessibility in Acrobat Pro.
  • Strategies for cleaning up and republishing legacy documents.

Added benefits: Word documents that use these techniques are easier for desktop publishers to import into their layout programs, such as Adobe InDesign, or convert to EPUB, HTML, XML, and other formats. They also work better with most technologies and content management systems (CMS) such as SharePoint. Plus accessible Word and PDF files improve search engine optimization (SEO).

Custom on-site team training is available. This is an ideal class to bring onsite to your office where your editorial or communications team can master these critical skills.

Prerequisite: Knowledge of M.S. Word and basic computer skills. It's helpful to also know how to create Acrobat PDFs, but not required.

Accessible Word + PDF — Pro Class
Instructor: Bevi Chagnon
Fee: $725 per person
Discounts for nonprofits, government agencies, and returning students. Email us for details.
Format: 12 class hours total
Platforms: Windows and Apple operating systems. Windows and Mac
Books: PubCom's step-by-step workbook
Recording: 1 year access to post-class recording
Summer Session: July 15–17 icon for online seats are available for this session online live classroom
Length / Date: 3 half-day sessions (12 hrs total)
Hours:
11:00 am – 3:30 pm ET
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+ extended lab time
Where:

Online: live virtual classroom
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Register for Accessible Word + PDF — Pro Class
Registration: ""Register Online for this course
  ""Or download our PDF registration form
Discounts:

Nonprofits, educational institutions, and returning students and clients, email us for a registration discount code.

GOVT: Our government price codes and payment options are available for federal, state, and local agencies. Email us for details.

""Bundle this class with our Crafting Accessible Documents: for Writers and Editors for a complete immersion course.

Crafting Accessible Documents: for Writers and Editors
— A Pro Class with Bevi Chagnon

Upcoming Sessions:
— Summer: TBA
— Fall: TBA

Format:   Online icon for online seats are available for this session   Late start Icon for late-start sessions.
Starting time: 10 am – 2:30 pm ET
Course Length: 12 hours (3 half-days)
Fee: $375
""Register

Are you an editor who wants to add accessibility skills to your resumé? A government writer or academic who is required to make accessible Word documents and PDFs?

This class is tailored for you. It is specifically designed for those who want more than the essentials of accessible documents, more about the crafting of accessible documents:

  • Government and academic writers and editors
  • Anyone who creates content that is passed to graphic designers for formal desktop publishing
  • Proposal writers and editors
  • Authors and subject matter experts (SMEs)

This is an add-on class to our regular Accessible Word class. It's meant to give editors and writers extra pointers and techniques to manage an accessible document.

Meant as an add-on class to our regular Accessible Word + PDF class, this class emphasizes:

  • Strategies and techniques that make better, more accessible documents.
  • "Accessible writing" that conveys the message clearly to all users, including those with physical and cognitive disabilities.
  • The craft of writing Alt-Text for graphics, including technical illustrations, complex data charts, maps, STEM material, info graphics, and other complex visuals.
  • Techniques to convey complex technical graphics easily and effectively.
  • Creating effective, complex tables of statistical data.
  • How Word shortcuts, templates and other tools can help streamline your tasks.
  • Writing effective metadata.
  • Using the correct Unicode characters that translate to assistive technologies and cross-media publishing.
  • Structuring complex documents with multiple chapters, sidebars, callouts, and other elements.

Students will be awarded a special certificate in "Accessible Writing and Editing."

On-site class is available. This is an ideal class to bring onsite to your office where your editorial or communications team can master these critical skills.

Prerequisite: Attendance in our basic Accessible Word class (above), but comparable experience will be considered. It's helpful to also know how to create and check Acrobat PDFs, but not required.

Crafting Accessible Documents: for Writers and Editors
Instructor: Bevi Chagnon
Fee: $375 per person
Discounts for nonprofits, government agencies, and returning students. Email us for details.
Format: 4 class hours total
Platforms: Windows and Mac logosWindows and Mac
Books: PubCom's step-by-step workbook
Recording: 1 year access to post-class recording
Summer Session: TBA, 2024 icon for online seats are available for this session
Length / Date: 1 half-day session (4 hours total)
Hours: 10:00 am – 2:30 pm ET
+ extended lab time
Where: Online
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Fall Session: TBA, 2024 icon for online seats are available for this session
Length / Date: 1 half-day session (4 hours total)
Hours: 10:00 am – 2:30 pm ET
+ extended lab time
Where: Online
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Register for Crafting Accessible Docs: for Writers and Editors
Registration: ""Register Online for this course
  ""Or download our PDF registration form
Discounts:

Nonprofits, educational institutions, and returning students and clients, email us for a registration discount code.

GOVT: Our government price codes and payment options are available for federal, state, and local agencies. Email us for details.

Accessible InDesign + PDF
— Mentored Class with Bevi Chagnon

Upcoming Sessions: 4 Friday Mornings
— Summer session: July 19, July 26, August 2, & August 9
— Fall session: TBD

Format:   Online icon for online seats are available for this session   Late start Icon for late-start sessions.
Starting time: 11 am – 3:30 pm ET
Course Length:16 hours (4 half-days), Friday mornings
Fee: $875
""Register

Special session format for designers!

Spend half-day sessions with Bevi building your creative designs into accessible PDFs. We'll meet online one morning or afternoon each week, for 4 weeks.

16 hours total classroom time, with a week in between sessions to apply what you learned to your actual work projects.

This format gives you time to master the details of making accessible layouts, while letting you keep your day job.

Plus, this mentored class gives you access to the instructor to review projects, answer questions, and pick Bevi's designer-geek brain. Classes are small so that Bevi can review your projects and give you valuable one-on-one feedback.

This mentored class is chock full of Bevi Chagnon's shortcuts, tips, strategies, techniques, and do's and don'ts for desktop publishers who must not only create press-quality files, but also accessible Section 508-compliant PDFs from their InDesign layouts. Bevi is a former art director for magazines and publications; an InDesign master; an Adobe Community Professional (ACP) in Adobe's online forums; a designer-geek; and a former adjunct faculty member for design and digital media at DC-area colleges.

And she's an accessibility expert: she's a US delegate to the ISO committees for PDF and PDF/UA accessibility standards … the standards that are adopted by countries worldwide, such as the US's Sec. 508 accessibility law.

The accessibility techniques taught in this class also prepare InDesign files for XML publishing, EPUBs, web publishing, and content management systems (CMS), and also improve search engine optimization (SEO).

Accessibility, cross-media publishing, SEO — lots of long-term benefits from one course!

Experienced InDesign-ers call this class the "ah-ha, now I understand why" class.

This class is perfect for:

  • Government VISs
  • Graphic designers and desktop publishers
  • Government contractors
  • Proposal designers and writers
  • Recipients of government funds and grants

I've added 4 hours to our class. There are so many new items to teach and I couldn't fit them into the old time slot.  As a graphic designer and art director, I want to ensure we have enough time to cover design issues.  Four 4-hour sessions (16 hours total instead of 12) will give us the time to cover fancy-schmancy design tricks, complex items like tables and covers, and maybe take a breath! I want you to be skilled and confident when you return to your studio.   — Bevi

Bevi takes you from start to finish, beginning with importing Microsoft Word files and graphics into InDesign layouts, to exporting accessible Acrobat PDFs and checking them. The class covers the entire accessibility publishing process, complete with time-saving techniques to "make it all work" in a real world publishing environment.

You'll learn the best techniques and methods to use throughout the complete workflow, and you'll understand at which point it's best to perform certain accessibility procedures.

And you'll also learn how to check your PDFs for basic accessibility / Sec. 508 compliance … before you send them off to the web team or your clients.

Software covered: Adobe InDesign, Adobe Acrobat Professional, and Microsoft Word (very briefly). (InDesign-ers, are you wondering why we'll use Word in an InDesign class? Bevi will show you how to spot potential accessibility problems in the Word documents you receive from clients so you can head-off problems in InDesign. We won't spend a lot of time in Word, but we will gain some very useful knowledge in our brief tour of Word.)

This class covers a lot of territory! Topics include:

  • The law and the guidelines: Understanding Section 508 requirements (US law), WCAG guidelines, PDF/UA guidelines. Phew! We'll simplify all of that for you!
  • Features that make PDFs accessible.
  • Techniques and strategies for creating InDesign documents that build in accessibility and set the document's structure and hierarchy.
  • Automating InDesign formatting with Master Pages, Paragraph Styles, Character Styles, and Object Styles.
  • Adding Alt-text attributes for graphics.
  • How to correctly format these items for accessibility:
    • Tables
    • Lists
    • Headings
    • Tables of Content
    • Footnotes
    • Hyperlinks
    • Sidebars, pull quotes, and other doo-dads
  • Guidelines for writing appropriate Alt-text.
  • Designating what's an artifact.
  • Setting the file's metadata.
  • Exporting PDFs for press, print, and accessible webpages.
  • Checking and testing PDFs for accessibility in Acrobat Pro.
Prerequisite: This is an intermediate-level class, so you should be comfortable using Adobe InDesign for basic documents such as brochures and newsletters.
Accessible InDesign + PDF — Mentored Class
Instructor: Bevi Chagnon
Fee: $875 per person
Discounts for nonprofits, government agencies, and returning students. Email us for details.
Format: 16 class hours total
Platforms: Windows and Mac logosWindows and Mac
Books: PubCom's step-by-step workbook
Recording: 1 year access to post-class recording
Summer Session: 4 Mornings, Starts July 19
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Length / Dates:

4 half-day sessions
—July 19, July 26, August 2, & August 9

Hours: 11 am – 3:30 pm ET
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+ extended lab time
Where:

Online: live virtual classroom
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Fall Session: 4 Friday Mornings, Starts TBD
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Length / Dates:

4 half-day sessions on
— TBD

Hours: 11 am – 3:30 pm ET
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+ extended lab time
Where:

Online: live virtual classroom
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Register for Accessible InDesign + PDF — Master Class
Registration: ""Register Online for this course
  ""Or download our PDF registration form
Discounts:

Nonprofits, educational institutions, and returning students and clients, email us for a registration discount code.

GOVT: Our government price codes and payment options are available for federal, state, and local agencies. Email us for details.

Accessible PDFs:
Checking and Remediating PDFs

Upcoming Session:
— Early Summer Session: June 2526
— Fall Session: TBA

Format:
  Online icon for online seats are available for this session   Late start Icon for late-start sessions.
Starting time:
11 am – 3:30 pm ET
Course Length:
8 hours (2 half-days)
Fee: $525
""Register

Are you a webmaster who must fix PDFs you receive from others?

Or are you a writer or editor instructed to provide accessible PDFs?

Do you have a backlog of legacy PDFs that need to be made accessible?

This PDF remediation class is right up your alley! It's perfect for:

  • Government webmasters
  • Writers, editors, and communicators
  • Government contractors
  • Recipients of government funds and grants
  • Proposal writers and editors
  • Document specialists
  • Administrative support staff
  • Anyone who needs to remediate PDFs and make them accessible.

Topics include:

  • The law and the guidelines: Understanding Section 508 requirements, WCAG guidelines, PDF/UA guidelines, the U.S. Access Board's forthcoming expanded requirements, and your responsibilities. Whew! We'll simplify all of that for you!
  • Features that make PDF files accessible.
  • Adding tags to unstructured PDFs.
  • Correcting a PDF's structure, tags, and reading order.
  • Adding Alt-text attributes, tags, and other accessibility features.
  • Guidelines for writing appropriate Alt-text.
  • Making tables and lists accessible.
  • Setting the file's metadata and language.
  • Checking PDFs for accessibility in Acrobat Pro.
  • Using other software to check PDFs.
  • Using screen readers to check accessibility.

Note: This class includes ample hands-on time to work on PDFs.

Prerequisite: This is an intermediate-level class, so you should have some familiarity with Acrobat Standard or Professional before attending. Basic knowledge of Sec. 508 requirements, WCAG 2.0, and PDF/UA 1.0 guidelines is also helpful, but not necessary.

Accessible PDFs: Checking and Remediating PDFs
Instructor: Bevi Chagnon
Fee: $525 per person
Discounts for nonprofits, government agencies, and returning students. Email us for details.
Format: 8 class hours total
Platforms: Windows and Mac logosWindows and Mac
Books: PubCom's step-by-step workbook
Recording: 1 year access to post-class recording
Early Summer Session: June 2526 icon for online seats are available for this session
Length / Dates: 2 half-day sessions, (8 hours total)
Hours:

11:00 am – 3:30 pm ET
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+ extended lab time

Where: Online: live virtual classroom
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Register for Accessible PDFs: Checking and Remediating
Registration: ""Register Online for this course
  ""Or download our PDF registration form
Discounts:

Nonprofits, educational institutions, and returning students and clients, email us for a registration discount code.

GOVT: Our government price codes and payment options are available for federal, state, and local agencies. Email us for details.

A11y Expresso Shots

Upcoming Sessions:
Just Alt Text: TBD
New PDF/UA Accessibility Standard: TBD
Just Tables: TBD
Just Charts: TBD
Just InfoGraphics: TBD
Just Lists in Word: TBD
Just Lists in InDesign: TBD
Smart Editorial Workflow: for InDesigners & Editors: TBD
Setting Type for Accessibility: TBD

Format:   Online icon for online seats are available for this session   Late start Icon for late-start sessions.
Starting time:
11 am – 1:00 pm ET
Course Length:
2 hours (webinar)
Fee: $95
each session
""Register

Quick, concentrated sessions on advanced accessibility topics. Take one or more for advanced training that goes beyond our regular classes and gives you a high-test "shot" of deep accessibility training.

Just Alt Text:

  • How assistive technologies and users use Alt Text.
  • The new ISO standards for Alt Text.
  • Different Alt Text for different types of graphics.
  • What to artifact.

The New PDF/UA-2 Accessibility Standard:

  • What's new.
  • When will these new standards be required.
  • How they'll affect your publishing workflow.
  • What to do now.

Just Tables:

  • How assistive technologies and users navigate tables.
  • Features required for accessibility.
  • Common errors from checkers and solutions.
  • Best practices.

Just Charts:

  • Whether pies, bars, lines, or something else, what's needed to make data-intensive charts accessible.
  • How to convey the data to those using assistive technologies.
  • Chart-making software.

Just InfoGraphics:

  • From traditional flow charts and organizational charts to who-knows-what-to-call-them, strategies to make them accessible.
A11y Expresso Shots
Instructor: Bevi Chagnon
Fee: $95 per person per session
Discounts for nonprofits, government agencies, and returning students. Email us for details.
Format: 2 class hours each session
Platforms: Windows and Mac logosWindows and Mac
Handouts: PubCom's digital guide
Recording: 1 year access to post-class recording
All Sessions icon for online seats are available for this session
Hours:

11:00 am – 1:00 pm ET
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Where: Online: live virtual classroom
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Register for A11y Expresso Shots
Registration: ""Register Online for this course
  ""Or download our PDF registration form
Discounts:

Nonprofits, educational institutions, and returning students and clients, email us for a registration discount code.

GOVT: Our government price codes and payment options are available for federal, state, and local agencies. Email us for details.

Accessible EPUBs with InDesign

Upcoming Session:  Fall 2024
Format:
  Online icon for online seats are available for this session   Late start Icon for afternoon sessions.
Course Length: 4 hours (1/2 day)
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Registration & Fee

If you've taken Bevi's Accessible InDesign Master Class, this short add-on session will apply what we learned to EPUBs and you'll be on your way to provide more "value add" to your clients.

You must have completed Bevi's Accessible InDeisgn + PDF class before this session begins—this is not a class for newbies.

Accessible EPUBs with InDesign icon for online seats are available for this session
Instructor: Bevi Chagnon
Fee: $375 per person
Discounts for nonprofits, government agencies, and returning students. Email us for details.
Format: 4 class hours total
Platforms: Windows and Mac logosWindows and Mac
Books: PubCom's step-by-step workbook
Recording: 1 year access to post-class recording
Session: TBD
Length: 1 short half-day session
Hours: 10:30 am – 3:00 pm ET
Where: icon for online seats are available for this session 12 Online seats available
Register for Accessible EPUBs with InDesign
Registration: ""Register Online for this course
  ""Or download our PDF registration form
Discounts:

Nonprofits, educational institutions, and returning students and clients, email us for a registration discount code.

GOVT: Our government price codes and payment options are available for federal, state, and local agencies. Email us for details.

Accessible PowerPoint + PDF — Pro Class with Bevi Chagnon

Upcoming Sessions: Summer, 2024
Format:
  Online icon for online seats are available for this session   Late start Icon for afternoon sessions.
""Starting time: 10 am ET
Course Length: 4 hours (1 half-day)
""Registration & Fee

Death to "death by PowerPoint"!

This class teaches not only the mechanics of making accessible PPT slide decks and PDFs, but also design tricks to make your presentations stand out from the pack.

  • Working with PowerPoint's master slides and layouts
  • Formatting text
  • Adding Alt Text to graphics
  • Formatting tables
  • Using fonts, colors, and layouts that maximize accessibility — and make your presentation shine!
  • Exporting accessible PDFs from PowerPoint.
  • Checking PDFs for accessibility in Acrobat Pro.

Custom on-site team training is available. This is an ideal class to bring onsite to your office where your editorial or communications team can master these critical skills.

Prerequisite: Knowledge of M.S. Word and basic computer skills. It's helpful to also know how to create Acrobat PDFs, but not required.

Accessible PowerPoint + PDF — Master Class
Instructor: Bevi Chagnon
Fee: $375 per person
Discounts for nonprofits, government agencies, and returning students. Email us for details.
Format: 12 class hours total
Platforms: Windows and Apple operating systems. Windows and Mac
Books: PubCom's step-by-step workbook
Recording: 1 year access to post-class recording
Summer Session: TBA icon for online seats are available for this session online live classroom
Length / Date: 1 half-day session (4 hrs total)
Hours:
10:00 am – 2:30 pm ET
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+ extended lab time
Where:

Online: live virtual classroom
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Register for Accessible Word + PDF — Master Class
Registration: ""Register Online for this course
  ""Or download our PDF registration form
Discounts:

Nonprofits, educational institutions, and returning students and clients, email us for a registration discount code.

GOVT: Our government price codes and payment options are available for federal, state, and local agencies. Email us for details.

Refresher: Accessible InDesign

Upcoming Session:  TBD, late 2024
Format:
  Online icon for online seats are available for this session   Late start Icon for afternoon sessions.
Course Length: 5 hours (1 day)
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Registration & Fee

If it's been a year or more since you took Bevi's Accessible InDesign Master Class, this is the quick refresher you need to bring your skills up to date!

It covers new techniques and strategies for creating InDesign layouts that convert more easily to compliant, accessible PDFs. We'll also review new tools and utilities for accessibility in the latest versions of InDesign and Acrobat. And any new requirements in WCAG and Federal guidelines.

One day. Lots of new info.

Come and learn the new tools in our software that will help you make compliant layouts quick as a bunny!

Software covered: Adobe InDesign and Adobe Acrobat Professional.

Prerequisite: Open only to former students in Bevi's Accessible InDesign classes, either through PubCom, at your organization, or at GPO. PubCom must verify your previous attendance in order for you to register for this class.

Refresher: Accessible InDesign icon for online seats are available for this session
Instructor: Bevi Chagnon
Fee: $375 per person
Discounts for nonprofits, government agencies, and returning students. Email us for details.
Format: 5 class hours total
Platforms: Windows and Mac logosWindows and Mac
Books: PubCom's step-by-step workbook
Recording: 1 year access to post-class recording
Session: TBD
Length: 1 short-day session
Hours: 11:30 am – 5:00 pm ET
Where: icon for online seats are available for this session 12 Online seats available
Register for Refresher: Accessible InDesign
Registration: ""Register Online for this course
  ""Or download our PDF registration form
Discounts:

Nonprofits, educational institutions, and returning students and clients, email us for a registration discount code.

GOVT: Our government price codes and payment options are available for federal, state, and local agencies. Email us for details.

Basics of Editing and Proofreading
— Master Class with Ruth E. Thaler-Carter

Upcoming Session: TBD Summer 2024
Format:
  Online icon for online seats are available for this session   Late start Icon for afternoon sessions.
Course Length: 90 minutes
""Registration & Fee

Whether you’re thinking about, new to, or even experienced and seeking a refresher in editing or proofreading, “Basics of Editing and Proofreading” is for you.

Learn from a longtime, award-winning writer, editor, and proofreader about essential personality traits, skills, levels of editing, techniques and methods, resources, and more, along with elements of accessibility standards.

Cost: $50/person, including detailed handout and access to post-program recording.

Prerequisite: None.

Basics of Editing and Proofreading
Instructor: Ruth E. Thaler-Carter
Fee: $50 per person
Discounts for nonprofits, government agencies, academia, and returning students. Email us for details.
Format: 90 minutes session
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Platforms: Windows and Mac logosWindows and Mac
Books: Ruth's handouts for editors
Recording: 1 year access to post-class recording
Session: TBD summer icon for online seats are available for this session
Length: One 90-minute webinar
Hours: 2:00 – 3:30 ET
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Where: Hybrid class:
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Classroom — limited to 6 seats
Register for Basics of Editing and Proofreading
Registration: ""Register Online for this course
  ""Or download our PDF registration form
Discounts:

Nonprofits, educational institutions, and returning students and clients, email us for a registration discount code.

GOVT: Our government price codes and payment options are available for federal, state, and local agencies. Email us for details.

Accessible Templates in Word

Upcoming Session: Summer, 2024
Format:
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Course Length: 4 hours (1 half-day)
""Registration & Fee

New Class!

After you've mastered our 508 + Word class, expand your skills and learn how to make accessible templates for your agency or organization.

Accessible Word templates make it faster and easier for authors, SMEs, and other writers to make commonly used document accessible. Speed up the process and make it as bullet-proof as possible.

Prerequisite: Our 508 + Word + PDF class (at PubCom or GPO), or demonstration of comparable experience.

Accessible Word Templates
Instructor: Bevi Chagnon
Fee: $395 per person
Discounts for nonprofits, government agencies, and returning students. Email us for details.
Format: 4 class hours total
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Platforms: Windows and Mac logosWindows and Mac
Books: PubCom's step-by-step workbook
Recording: 1 year access to post-class recording
Session: TBA icon for online seats are available for this session
Length: One 4-hour session
Hours: 11:00 am – 3:30 pm ET
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+ extended lab time
Where: Online: live virtual classroom
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Register for Accessible Word Templates
Registration: ""Register Online for this course
  ""Or download our PDF registration form
Discounts:

Nonprofits, educational institutions, and returning students and clients, email us for a registration discount code.

GOVT: Our government price codes and payment options are available for federal, state, and local agencies. Email us for details.

Managing Your Organization's Accessibility Requirements

Upcoming Session:
— Summer Webinar: TBA
— Fall Webinar: TBA

Format:
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Course Length: 90 minutes
""Registration & Fee

A quick seminar just for those who manage accessibility tasks throughout their agency, office, or publishing team.

Topics include:

  • Quick overview of the law's major points.
  • Who does which tasks.
  • Different workflows for different types of publications.
  • Software tools that your staff needs to do the job efficiently.
  • Minimizing remediation costs.
  • Getting what you need from your outsourced contracts and grants.

This two-hour session is packed with the information you'll need to make the right decisions for your team.

Software covered: This is not a hands-on computer class. It references MS Office, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Acrobat, plus other third-party software for checking and remediating PDFs.

Prerequisite: None.

Sec. 508 for Managers — Webinar
Instructor: Bevi Chagnon
Fee: $45 per person
Discounts for nonprofits, government agencies, and returning students. Email us for details.
Format: 90 minute online webinar
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Platforms: Windows and Mac logosWindows and Mac
Books: PubCom's handouts for managers
Recording: 1 year access to post-class recording
Summer Webinar: TBA icon for online seats are available for this session
Length: One 90-minute webinar
Hours: 11:00 – 12:30 ET
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Where: icon for online seats are available for this session Online: live virtual classroom
30 online seats available
Fall Webinar: TBA icon for online seats are available for this session
Length: One 90-minute webinar
Hours: 11:00 – 12:30 ET
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Where: icon for online seats are available for this session Online: live virtual classroom
30 online seats available
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Discounts:

Nonprofits, educational institutions, and returning students and clients, email us for a registration discount code.

GOVT: Our government price codes and payment options are available for federal, state, and local agencies. Email us for details.

Accessible Forms:
InDesign, Word, and Acrobat
— Pro Class with Bevi Chagnon

Upcoming Sessions:
— Basic Forms with Word + Acrobat: Summer 2024
— Form Design with InDesign: Summer 2024
(take just Word, or take both sessions)

Format:
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Course Length: 8 hours (2 half-days)
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Learn how to make accessible, interactive Acrobat PDF forms from Adobe InDesign in this concentrated class. (Total class time = 9 hours)

This class is designed for:

  • Form designers
  • Graphic designers

This master class covers creating a form's shell in Adobe InDesign, adding form fields, buttons, and accessibility features in the InDesign layout file, and finalizing the form in Acrobat Pro using Acrobat's built-in forms tools.

These topics are covered in this concentrated 9-hour session:

  • Features that make PDF forms accessible.
  • Techniques and best practices for building form "shells" in Adobe InDesign.
  • Using InDesign's forms tools.
  • Adding, editing, and controlling form fields and interactive buttons, such as "Submit."
  • Controlling the reading and tab orders in forms.
  • Adding tool tips for accessibility.
  • Setting simple math formulas.
  • Testing PDF forms for accessibility.

Prerequisite: This is an intermediate-level class, so you need basic knowledge of how to build an accessible layout in Adobe InDesign. Our Accessible InDesign + PDF class is an excellent start. You also should have some familiarity with Acrobat Professional before attending.

Accessible PDF Forms (InDesign, Word and Acrobat)
Instructor: Bevi Chagnon
Fee: $ 295 per person for Word
$ 525
per person for both Word & InDesign
Discounts for nonprofits, government agencies, and returning students. Email us for details
Format: 8 class hours total
Platforms: Windows and Mac logosWindows and Mac
Books: PubCom's handouts and guidebook
Recording: 1 year access to post-class recording
Word Session: TBA icon for online seats are available for this session
Length: 1 half-day session (4 hours total)
Hours: 10:00 am – 2:30 pm ET
+ extended lab time
Where: Online only
icon for online seats are available for this session 8 Online seats available
Both Word & InDesign Session: Aug 8-9, 2023 icon for online seats are available for this session
Length: 2 half-day sessions (8 hours total)
Hours: 10:00 am – 2:30 pm ET
+ extended lab time
Where: Online only
icon for online seats are available for this session 8 Online seats available
Register for Accessible PDF Forms
Registration: ""Register Online for this course
  ""Or download our PDF registration form
Discounts:

Nonprofits, educational institutions, and returning students and clients, email us for a registration discount code.

GOVT: Our government price codes and payment options are available for federal, state, and local agencies. Email us for details.