Web Accessibility Fundamentals

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Technical level: Easy (non-technical)

Duration:

  • 2 hours (online self-paced class, estimate)

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.

Recommended Prerequisites:

None.

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 Full Accessibility Curriculum for details.

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Course Topics: Web Accessibility Fundamentals

  • Introduction
    • Accessibility Matters
    • Our Diverse Abilities
    • Assistive Technologies
    • The Digital Accessibility Revolution
    • Benefits of Accessible Design
    • Accessibility & Wells Fargo
  • Types of Disabilities
    • Blindness
    • Low Vision
    • Color Blindness
    • Auditory Disabilities
    • Motor Disabilities
    • Speech Disabilities
    • Cognitive Disabilities
      • Dyslexia/Reading Disabilities
    • Seizure Disorders
    • Summary
  • Accessibility Principles
    • Perceivable
    • Operable
    • Understandable
    • Robust
  • Universal Design for the Web
    • Images
    • Color
    • Contrast
    • Video & Audio
    • Links
    • Headings
    • Keyboard Accessibility
    • Tables
    • Forms
    • Dynamic JavaScript
    • PDF Documents
    • Other Aspects of Accessibility
  • Guidelines and Standards
    • WCAG 2.0
    • WAI-ARIA
    • ATAG
    • UAAG
  • Accessibility Laws
    • United States
    • Canada
    • Europe
    • Other Regions
  • Additional Resources
    • Deque Accessibility Tools
    • Deque Accessibility Services
  • Bonus Section: Universal Design for the Physical World
    • Sidewalks
    • Building Entrances
    • Multi-Level Buildings
    • Doorways
    • Bathrooms
    • Drinking Fountains
    • Transportation Systems
    • Taxis
    • Emergencies
    • Grocery Stores
    • Self Check-in/Check-out
    • Printed Materials
    • Signs
    • Microwaves
    • Televisions
    • Movies
    • ATMs
    • Mobile Devices
    • Web Content
  • Myths & Objections to Accessibility
    • Accessibility Benefits a Small Minority
    • Accessibility Should be the Last Step
    • Accessibility is Hard & Expensive
    • Accessibility is Ugly