Why Make PDFs Accessible?

Why should you prioritize PDF accessibility? For the same reasons you have a wheelchair ramp, accessible parking spaces, and automatic doors. Accessible documents mean more people can reach and use your information, products, and services.

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Avoid Lawsuits

Digital Accessibility lawsuits have increased 200% in the past few years, with more than 3500 cases in 2020 alone. The best way to avoid them is to make your website and all digital resources accessible to everyone.

3,550 Lawsuits in 2020

Lawsuits are up 200% over the last 5 years. The good news is that they’re avoidable if your website and resources are accessible.

NY, CA, and FL Lead in Cases

Plaintiffs in New York filed 50% of lawsuits, while California filed 27%, and Florida 15%. Defendants were located nationwide.

Courts Order Accessibility

Judges most often order injunctive relief, requiring remediation, even when cases settle. Avoid lawsuits and remediate now.

250+ Cases Due to Overlays

In late 2020 one lawsuit PER DAY was filed against companies using widgets or overlays as an accessibility solution.

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Expand Your Market

PDF accessibility gets your content in front of more people and makes your company more attractive to customers whether or not they have a disability. PDF accessibility benefits anyone who uses assistive technology or appreciates companies who consider the needs of their users.

25% have a disability

Making your PDFs accessible means reaching as many as 25% more of the population with your content, products, or services.

Customers Notice

Nearly 90% of consumers find corporate social responsibility to be important and would purchase a product because the company supported an issue they cared about.

Better UX

71% of customers leave a website that is hard to use. Accessible websites are easier to use and often result in revenue growth.

Better SEO

A study by the W3C showed that accessibility improves SEO, as both search engines and assistive technology rely on digital coding.

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It Pays to Do the Right Thing

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a hot topic for organizations as consumers increasingly value companies that consider the needs of others in their business practices. Public perception of your company matters. Digital accessibility is just one aspect of CSR, and it pays.

  • Disposable income for US adults with disabilities is $490 billion
  • Disposable income for friends and families of US adults with disabilities is as much as $8 trillion
  • 90% of consumers are more likely to trust and be loyal to socially responsible businesses
  • 90% of shoppers boycott companies if they believe they engage in irresponsible business practices

Doing the right thing just makes good sense socially and fiscally.

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New to Remediation?
Let us help

Not sure how to begin?
We’re here to help!
Check out our resources below to learn more.

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Learn the basics of PDF accessibility and remediation.

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Learn about Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and how they apply to PDF documents.

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Learn about PDF accessibility and remediation with our free on-demand and live webinars.

Resources Accessibility Fundamentals Books

Explore our library of accessibility resources including our state legislation guide, accessibility glossary, educational videos, and more.

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