Converting Scanned documents into Accessible PDFs

If you scan a document using a flatbed scanner, photocopier or digital sender, the resulting document is simply a singular image of the original. Images are not inherently accessible because computers cannot read the information contained in them. Therefore, you will need to convert the scanned document for Optical Character Recognition in order to make it accessible.

  1. Run Acrobat Pro’s built-in OCR Text Recognition.
  2. Manually correct “suspect” and non-suspect recognitions.
  3. Choose Tools > Accessibility
  4. Run Setup Assistant