Web Design: Web Accessibility Evaluation Basics

This three-part course offers three sessions progressively through:

  • Session 1 – Concept of Accessibility and Types of Users
  • Session 2 – Requirements and Accessibility Impacts on Users
  • Session 3 – Testing Tools and Website Evaluation Basics

The overview of the three sessions illustrates how accessibility impacts on users with disabilities using digital and assistive technologies and how the requirements, Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 will make the digital technology to be more accessible. Furthermore, participants will learn how to test website applications with simple testing tools and how to identify common accessibility issues in a website.

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Instructor

Lori Lane, M.Ed.
Disability Resources and Education Services
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Audience

  • Administrators and managers
  • Web developers
  • Quality assurance specialists
  • Instructional and visual designers
  • Support staff
  • Procurement officers
  • Content editors

What you will learn

  • Concept of accessibility
  • Different types of users with disabilities
  • Assistive Technologies
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Section 508 Standards
  • WCAG 2.0 Guidelines
  • Accessibility impacts on users
  • Different types of testing tools
  • Common web accessibility issues

Objectives

After completing this course, participants will be able to: 

  • Understand the concept of accessibility
  • Understand the impacts on users with disabilities
  • Name types of users with disabilities
  • Name assistive technologies
  • Explain what Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 are in making the digital technology more accessible
  • Understand the experience people with disabilities have using digital technologies, including the use of assistive technologies
  • Understand the capabilities and limitations of the following tools in understanding the accessibility of a website:
    • Keyboard testing
    • Object Inspector
    • Bookmarklets
    • Color contrast tools
    • Caption testing
  • Evaluate a website for following accessibility features:
    • Keyboard operation
    • Active visual indicators
    • Links
    • ARIA landmarks
    • Headings
    • Images
    • Forms
    • Color contrast
    • Captioning

Student Participation

  • Interactive synchronous lecture with instructor using Blackboard Collaborate.
  • In-class participation where students will visit websites and videos and view examples of accessibility errors.
  • Badging exam and example websites to be provided by the instructor.

Prerequisites

None

Badging Requirements

  • Complete a multi-choice exam with 90% passing grade
  • Complete a website evaluation