Course Description

This online web accessibility training course is intended for web content creators, designers, and developers. With accessibility laws emerging in Ontario and around the world, there is an increasing demand for skilled accessibility professionals who know accessibility standards and can identify potential barriers on the Web. These web accessibility specialists make informed recommendations to ensure accessibility conformance and compliance. Participants will use a variety of accessibility testing tools and methods for identifying barriers. This course will provide WCAG, AODA, and IAAP training, and participants will learn about accessibility law, including legislation and regulations.

This course is offered fully online. Basic knowledge of HTML is recommended.

What Will You Learn?

This online web accessibility training course introduces the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) as the standard for developing web content that will be accessible and usable by everyone. The focus is on using automated tools and manual strategies to identify potential barriers, compliance reporting, and making informed recommendations to remove barriers that may prevent some people from accessing content on the Web. The goal of the course is to help promote inclusive design and meet accessibility standards.

This course will cover the following topics:

  • Accessibility Core Competencies
  • WCAG Guidelines, Success Criteria, and Techniques
  • Review of Automated Accessibility Testing Tools
  • Assistive Technology Testing
  • User Testing Strategies and Techniques
  • Introduction to WAI-ARIA
  • Web Accessibility Reporting
  • International Accessibility Standards

Positions for web accessibility professionals are on the rise in Canada with the introduction of legislation like the AODA and the Canadian Standard on Web Accessibility, among others. However, there is a labour market shortage in North America and beyond for web accessibility professionals proficient in applied web accessibility evaluation and remediation. This course, and CKCS 126 - Web Accessibility for Developers, are the first university-level courses in web accessibility for IT professionals in Canada and around the world.

Who Should Enrol?

This online web accessibility training course is ideal for anyone who develops for the Web, produces web content, or is looking to expand their career opportunities in an interesting, challenging, and rewarding field of research and development. It also provides a good base of accessibility core competencies for those who intend to become certified accessibility professionals. The skills and knowledge gained in this course are an ideal complement for programmers, designers, and software engineers.

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Questions? Contact us at ce@torontomu.ca.


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