Adobe Acrobat Reader DC software (free software download) is needed to open PDF files.
For persons with disabilities who rely on screen readers (assistive technology that reads text for students), many PDF documents are not accessible because what appears to be text is really just an image or a picture of text. Converting the image to real text makes PDF documents accessible.
To determine if a PDF document is accessible for individuals using assistive technology, find out if the file has real text. Use one of the options to check for real text:
Option 1: Adobe Acrobat Reader DC has built-in Accessibility Checks that allows you to perform a test to see if a file has real text. On the Document menu, click Accessibility Quick Check. If you get a message that says, “This document appears to contain no text,” then real text should be added (See Step 2).
Option 2: Try to select or highlight text (using the mouse) the PDF document. If text is successfully selected or highlighted, the document has real text. If not, then real text must be added (See Step 2).
Option 1: Using Adobe Acrobat Professional or Standard software
Option 2: Making PDF Documents Accessible using Scan2Text software. Scan2Text is located on computers in Cook Library’s Learning Commons on the first floor. See the Technology Information Desk for computer locations.