This three-week online course is aimed at anyone responsible for implementing digital accessibility across an organization, providing them with the “big picture” of what it means to be inclusive. Many jurisdictions have introduced accessibility legislation, including digital accessibility, and most organizations now understand the importance of accessibility, not just because it is the right thing to do, but because it can impact an organization’s bottom line.
But, where to start? This course provides the answers.
Module 1 - Orientation and Overview of Accessibility Culture
Unit 1: Orientation and Getting Started
Unit 2: Understanding the Big Picture
Module 2 - Managing Digital Accessibility Culture
Unit 1: The Committee & The Champion
Unit 2: Creating Digital Accessibility Culture
Module 3 - Bringing Digital Accessibility Elements Together
Unit 1: Procuring Accessible Information Technology
Unit 2: Hiring Accessibility Staff
This course consists of three week-long modules, each with two units each on related topics. Each unit includes a variety of readings, engaging activities, and a short challenge test or two that will unlock access to bonus content. At the end of each module is a marked Module Quiz that counts toward the final mark.
The course revolves around a running narrative about the fictional Sharp Clothing Company. Your role throughout the course will be to gather relevant information and create a Digital Accessibility Policy for the company.
Participants should be prepared to spend three to five hours per week to maximize their learning experience in the course.
- Communicate business cases for digital accessibility.
- Identify how people with disabilities access IT systems and digital content.
- Identify elements of your business IT environment where attention to accessibility is needed.
- Recognize how key accessibility guidelines in WCAG 2.0 can be leveraged.
- Identify accessibility requirements when working with international clients.
- Choose resources that staff in various roles can use to learn about accessibility.
- Implement accessible hiring practices.
- Describe employee accommodation within the context of digital accessibility.
- Understand the types of accessibility knowledge and training staff in various roles need.
- Develop a digital accessibility plan and policy.
- Identify training for employees in varied roles.
- Write and evaluate digital accessibility requirements in procurement contracts and RFPs.
- Put together an accessibility committee, and/or assign an accessibility champion.
- Identify basic digital accessibility issues in web content and electronic documents.
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites. However, a basic understanding of local accessibility laws and comfort using a range of technologies would be beneficial.
Badge Requirements: Participants who successfully complete the three required course assessments and participate in all course activities will receive a digital badge.
Target Audience: Business Leaders, Managers, Web Developers.
Course is offered by Ryerson University.