Accessibility: Essential for some, useful for all

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W3C Web Accessibility Initiative has released an online training course designed to provide organisations and individuals with a strong foundation in digital accessibility, to ensure that their websites and apps are accessible and inclusive of people with disability and provide a better user experience for everyone.

Web accessibility is about removing barriers so that people with disability can use and contribute to the web. This course provides a deep understanding into how accessibility is more than just compliance; it explores how accessibility is related to user experience, usability, and user-centred design, which is delivered in these 5 modules:

Module 1: What is Web Accessibility

  • Introduces the broad scope of digital accessibility through real stories of people with disability
  • Examples of how accessibility impacts the lives of those interacting in the digital world

Module 2: People and Digital Technology

  • Explores how people with different disabilities use various assistive technologies and adaptive strategies
  • Introduces accessibility barriers and solutions
  • Explores how design decisions impact interactions
  • Explains the essential components of web accessibility

Module 3: Business Case and Benefits

  • Presents direct and indirect return of investment and the organisational business case
  • Explains the broader benefits for everyone, with or without disability

Module 4: Principles, Standards, and Checks

  • Covers international accessibility standards
  • Explains the four guiding principles of web accessibility
  • Guides through first steps in checking accessibility and applications

Module 5: Getting Started with Accessibility

  • Explains approaches for integrating accessibility into your design and development processes
  • Provides tips to get started with accessibility right away

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