Accessible Document Specialist Content Outline

The Accessible Document Specialist (ADS) Content Outline was created through public feedback on our Job Task Analysis in 2020. 
 
  • The ADS Pilot is taking place in November/December 2020. 
  • Pilot candidates have a strong background in accessible documents, remediation, and understanding standards and workflow.
  • Pilot candidate feedback will help us shape the exam before opening to the public.
  • Pilot exams are offered at 50% of the standard pricing and should a retake be necessary, are offered at no cost for one year.
  • The ADS exam will be available to the public in the January/February 2021 Exam Session.
 
  1. Creating Electronic Documents (25%)
    1. Write accessible inclusive content
    2. Design, create, and assemble the final form documents that meet the needs of people with different types of disabilities 
  2. Remediating Electronic Documents (25%)
    1. Implement alternative text or text equivalents in a remediation context
    2. Review and correct structure
    3. Remediate in final format
    4. Remediate in authoring format
    5. Use OCR (Optical Character Recognition/Test Character Recognition)
  3. Auditing and Testing Document Accessibility (25%)
    1. Identify and run automated testing processes to evaluate the conformance to standard
    2. Identify and run manual testing processes to evaluate the conformance to standard
    3. Identify the limitations of automated testing
    4. Perform tests with assistive technology
  4. Document Accessibility Planning and Training (15%)
    1. Create related reference guides and other instructional materials as needed
    2. Assist in the development of online and/or face-to-face trainings on digital accessibility topics for staff who create content
    3. Identify and provide training opportunities and resources
    4. Develop a workflow to streamline related processes, including web requests, document submissions, remediation, and approvals
    5. Document production plan for moving forward 
    6. Identify automated processes that result in inaccessible documents
    7. Provide support related to accessibility
  5. Policy Promotion, Advocacy, and Advising (10%)
    1. Advise staff on organizational policy and best practices for creating accessible electronic documents
    2. Consult others about current relevant policies, regulations, standards, and practical aspects of accessibility as related to documents, audio and video files, and other web-based postings

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