Accessibility Training

W3C WAI updated two supporting documents for Web Accessibility Guideline (WCAG) 2.0: Techniques for WCAG 2.0 and Understanding WCAG 2.0. WCAG 2.0 itself is a stable document and, therefore, does not change.

The WCAG guidelines and success criteria are designed to be broadly applicable to current and future web technologies, including dynamic applications, mobile, digital television, etc. For an introduction to the WCAG documents, see the WCAG Overview. The W3C Working Group Notes that were just released provide specific guidance. They include code examples, resources, and tests, which are periodically updated to cover current practices for meeting the WCAG 2.0 Success Criteria.

On Tuesday November 19th from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. eSolutions is hosting the first Open Web Accessibility Conference at the Waterloo Museum in Ontario. The objective of the conference is to:

  • Educate participants about what website accessibility is and provide context around why it’s important.
  • Help participants understand what steps they need to take to comply with the AODA.
  • Provide participants with a better understanding of how website accessibility is measured and develop new ideas for future applications and innovations

Visit the Open Web Accessibility Conference website to register.

Accessible websites will be the subject of the next webinar in the Board’s free monthly series to be held on July 11 from 2:30 – 4:00 (ET). This session will review requirements in the internationally recognized Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, also known as WCAG 2.0, issued by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The Board, which is updating its Section 508 standards for information and communication technology, has proposed referencing the WCAG 2.0 to address web accessibility.

To register for this free webinar, visit www.accessibilityonline.org. Questions for the webinar can be submitted in advance through this website.

According to Cornell University, in 2011 there was an estimated 14,144,300 (4.9%) people in the United States with a cognitive disability.  Broadly speaking, intellectual disabilities pertain to difficulties with memory; problem-solving:  attention, reading, linguistic, and verbal comprehension; math comprehension; and visual comprehension. Intellectual disabilities range from mild, moderate or severe and many people have one or more intellectual disability.

Interactive Accessibility's accessibility expert, Kathy Wahlbin, will be teaching a class at Colorado State University.  The course is listed as SPECIAL TOPICS IN TECHNOLOGY, ARTS, AND MEDIA: UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR DIGITAL MEDIA, ATLS 3519-58

To register please go to CU Continuing Education (under ATLAS program).

Spring 2013 Schedule: Jan. 20 – May 3, 2013

Course Description

Many web and media designers believe that the design process begins and ends with information architecture and visual design. Although these elements are important, other factors are equally if not more crucial for the design of successful web sites and other digital media. This course will examine the standards and methods for designing digital material that is not only accessible for persons with disabilities – a particularly important requirement for the web sites of public entities – but also effective and usable for all users and across platforms.

Course Scope

This course will review standards for usability and accessibility, focusing on the concepts of universal design, web standards and accessibility best practices. Resources and texts from media design experts such as Donald A. Norman, Wendy Chisholm, Derek Featherstone and Jeffrey Zeldman will be complemented with online resources and materials. Topics to be covered include (x)html standards, structured coding procedures, semantic web design, user-centered design, and validation tools, among others. There may be occasional live lectures and guest speakers – delivered through web conferencing but taped for later and repeat viewing, as needed by students. Students will complete weekly assignments and follow the overall schedule of the course through the semester.

Instructors

Howard Kramer

Mr. Kramer has been an Access Specialist at CU-Boulder and coordinator for the Accessing Higher Ground Conference for the past 15 years.

Kathy Wahlbin

Ms. Wahlbin is a Web accessibility consultant, founder of Interactive Accessibility and an ADA,  Section 508 and W3C WCAG accessibility expert.

 

Learn From Internationally-Recognized Experts in Accessibility

Interactive Accessibility creates accessibility training tailored to your specific needs and taught by accessibility experts.  We provide training in multiple formats, such as webinars and on-site classes.

Our training covers a variety of general and technical accessibility topics.  Some of our training course topics include:

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