Today, 3rd December 2019, on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (UNESCO IITE) are announcing a new online course “Introduction to Web Accessibility” scheduled to start on 28 January 2020.
This course provides a strong foundation for making websites and apps work well for people with disabilities, meet international standards, and enhance the user experience for all web users. It is designed for technical and non-technical audiences, including:
- content authors
- project managers
- people with disabilities
Optional course material helps you learn more about the topics you are most interested in. It covers:
- What is Web Accessibility (2 sections)
- People and Digital Technology (5 sections)
- Business Case and Benefits (2 sections)
- Principles, Standards, and Checks (5 sections)
- Getting Started with Accessibility (2 sections)
The course is designed for 4 weeks of about 4-5 hours effort per week. It is self-paced so you can complete it in a shorter or longer time frame.
The course is free. Optionally, you can choose to get a Verified Certificate for $99 USD to demonstrate successful course completion.
This unique course is based on the open curricula from the Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) of the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). It is part of the W3Cx training platform and brings together international expert trainers from Deque, Infoaxia, Intopia, Knowbility, The Paciello Group (TPG), and Web Key IT.
“In addition to being an excellent introduction for people who are new to accessibility, this course helps people who already know about accessibility fill in gaps” said Shawn Henry, W3C WAI Outreach Coordinator. “It covers resources from the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative website, and helps you know how to find addition information on multiple aspects of digital accessibility.”
Whether you are new to web accessibility or need a refresher, this course gives you the necessary skills to take first steps in accessibility and to know where to find more information – enroll now.