Online Accessibility Design Course
Web Accessibility Design
For people with disabilities, the Web can present more barriers than freedoms. In this online accessibility design course, you'll learn laws and best practices for accessible site design. Working with a Web design pro, you'll study accessibility standards set forth by the World Wide Web consortium (W3C), and complete practical projects that give you a richer, hands-on understanding of these standards. You'll be surprised to see how creative and robust your designs can be while meeting even the strictest standards.
Make your sites accessible to all Web users
Learn at Your Own Pace
1 - Accessibility Defined
There's more to making a site accessible than clear navigation and browser compatibility. Web site accessibility means making a site available to users with various physical and cognitive disabilities who use assistive technologies. Lesson One explores the goals of the Web Accessibility movement, the initiatives of the W3C, and how U.S. and international law impacts accessibility. You will also learn about various impairments that can affect Web viewing and how they can be addressed.
Project - Accessibility research
2 - Addressing WCAG Conformance Levels
Making a site accessible isn't an arbitrary or opinion-based endeavor—Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) break accessibility into three conformance levels, each with a series of success criteria. This lesson addresses the WCAG version 2.0 Conformance Levels A and AA and how they should influence your code and design choices. You'll understand how each success criteria benefits users with various needs.
Project - WCAG levels I and II
3 - Conformance Level AAA and Accessibility Testing
The first focus of this lesson is on conformance level AAA—the strictest (and most debated) set of success criteria. You'll then spend time learning to test and analyze your site designs for various levels of accessibility. Web site testing tools and services are discussed, and you'll learn how a team or individual designer tackles accessibility testing.
Project - Test your project
- Identify how users with various disabilities access Web sites and view Web content.
- Study and analyze how specific Web accessibility initiatives and legislation impact Web design and Web designers.
- Use proper (X)HTML document structure as a starting point for all accessible Web page designs.
- Utilize specific code attributes and properties that give users alternatives to graphic and multimedia content.
- Use color appropriately so that all Web site content and instructions are clear to users with color deficiencies.
- Use Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to control all layout and presentation.
- Format layout or data tables appropriately for accessibility by screen readers and other special browsers.
- Format and present content clearly with content chunking, headings, skip links, consistent design, and other techniques.
- Use online and downloadable services to test the accessibility of a site at various conformance levels.
- Utilize thorough testing and checkpoint techniques to correct accessibility hurdles on existing Web sites.
Interested in this course? Scheduled and self-paced enrollment options are available. Ask Admissions about taking this course as part of a degree or certificate program.
|Course Level||Classes start||Registration Fee||Technology Fee||Tuition|
1.5-credit course, 7 weeks
|Jan, May, Aug||$200||$50/semester||$375/credit|
30 hour course, 3 months access
|Enroll today, start tomorrow||$50||$25/course||$334|
|* Registration fees are nonrefundable after 5 days from enrollment. All tuition includes a digital materials fee for updates to course or program content.|
Software and Supplies
To take this course you'll need:
- Computer with Internet connection.
- Web hosting account for posting site projects. (Free options are available.)
- Experience in hand-coding in HTML and CSS and/or using Adobe Dreamweaver..