Accessibility Fundamentals: Disabilities, Guidelines, and Laws

Technical level: Easy (non-technical)

Duration: 90 minutes (online self-paced class, estimate)

IAAP CAECs: 1.5 (This class counts toward renewal of IAAP certification)

Course Synopsis:

This course provides an overview of important web accessibility concepts, suitable for both technical and non-technical audiences. The course covers:

  • Why web accessibility matters
  • Types of disabilities and the related challenges (Visual, Auditory, Motor, Cognitive, Seizure)
  • The assistive technologies and methods used by people with disabilities to access the web
  • Core principles of accessibility and universal design (perceivable, operable, understandable, robust)
  • Accessibility laws
  • Overview and explanation of accessibility guidelines: WCAG (A, AA, AAA), WAI-ARIA, etc.
  • Overview of accessibility skills and competencies required for various roles (such as developers, quality assurance professionals, managers, etc.)
  • Accessibility myths and misconceptions

This course is the foundation of all other courses in Deque University. Deque also offers more technical courses for web developers and quality assurance professionals who need to know how to create or test for accessible web content.

Pricing for Online Class

Each class is $45 for a full year of access, or lower for group enrollment, or when purchasing multi-course curriculum packages. See the the full set of curriculum options for details.

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Course Topics: Accessibility Fundamentals: Disabilities, Guidelines, and Laws

  • Types of Disabilities: Personas
    • Blind
    • Low Vision
    • Color-blind
    • Deaf
    • Deafblind
    • Motor Disabilities
    • Speech Disabilities
    • Cognitive Disabilities
    • Reading Disabilities
    • Seizures
    • Multiple Disabilities
  • Guidelines
    • Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0
    • Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) 2.0
    • WAI-ARIA 1.0
  • Laws
    • United States
    • Canada
    • Europe
    • Other Regions
  • Myths and Misconceptions about Accessibility
    • Myth: Accessibility benefits only a small minority
    • Myth: Accessibility is a short term project
    • Myth: Accessibility should be the last step
    • Myth: Accessibility is hard and expensive
    • Myth: Accessibility is ugly