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Introduction to Web Accessibility is a Course

Introduction to Web Accessibility

Apr 8 - May 6, 2019


Full course description

Course Date:

Apr 8 - May 6, 2019


4 weeks


3-4 hrs/week



Course Type:





With raised awareness and accessibility laws emerging around the world, understanding what inclusive access to the Web means is becoming necessary knowledge for anyone who produces digital content. Much of the current information on Web accessibility requires some technical understanding, and may be difficult to consume for the average person.

This course will “interpret” the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1) for a general audience, and help develop a practical understanding of web accessibility and the barriers that prevent some people from participating fully in an information society. It provides a thorough review of the guidelines as a whole, with a wide range of examples and activities. You will have an opportunity to experience barriers firsthand, then experience that same content with the barriers removed, developing firsthand experience with web accessibility.

Course Structure

The course is made up of 6 units, spread over 4 weeks, that focus on understanding each of the principles described in the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0 and 2.1).

Participants should be prepared to spend three to five hours per week to maximize their learning experience in the course. Read More.

Key Topics

  • Unit 1 - Why Learn About Web Accessibility
    • Accessibility around the world
    • How people with disabilities use the Web
    • Introduction to screen readers
  • Unit 2 - The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG )
    • Principles, levels, and compliance
    • Guidelines, success criteria & techniques
    • WCAG 2.0 vs WCAG 2.1
    • AODA & WCAG
    • Exploring the WCAG documents
  • Unit 3 - Principle 1 Perceivable
    • Text alternatives
    • Multimedia
    • Adaptable content
    • Colour and perception
    • Captions, and how to create them
  • Unit 4 - Principle 2 Operable
    • Keyboard accessibility
    • Providing enough time
    • Seizures and physical reactions
    • Navigating web content
    • Devices and input modes
    • The limits of automated accessibility checkers
  • Unit 5 - Principle 3 Understandable
    • Web content readability
    • Predictability, consistency, and convention
    • Feedback and error messaging
    • Writing for the Web
  • Unit 6 - Principle 4 Robust
    • Compatibility
    • Standardizing web content
    • Semantics for custom web content
    • Introduction to WAI-ARIA
    • Markup validation as an element of quality

Badge Requirement

Participants who successfully complete the five required course assessments, participate in all course activities, and receive a final grade of 65% or better, will receive a digital badge.

Target Audience: Web content authors; Web content designers; Web developers; Aspiring accessibility professionals; Quality assurance personnel; People with disabilities; Educators.

Course is offered by Ryerson University.

Course Instructors

Greg Gay

Greg Gay

IT Accessibility Specialist

Greg Gay has been in the Web accessibility field since the mid 1990s as an auditor and as the lead on many research and development projects that push the boundaries of accessibility in information technology. He has been involved in e-learning just as long, with more than 20 online courses to his name. He is the originator of the ATutor and AContent open source e-learning systems started in the late 1990s, both designed to model accessibility in online learning. He teaches a variety of workshops, both technical and non-technical, evangelizing inclusive design as a best practice for building IT systems that are usable by everyone.

Pauline Ricablanca

Pauline Ricablanca

Web Technology Analyst

Pauline has been an editor and technologist for over a decade. She comes to web accessibility from a background in educational app development and nonfiction book production. Pauline assists the Digital Education Strategies team at the Chang School with the creation of engaging open educational resources (OERs), including virtual simulation games. She is part of the a11yTO Meetup group and is a big fan of Karamo's captioned Instagram stories.

Alex Andrei

Alex Andrei

Web Technology Analyst

Alex Andrei has been developing websites and applications for over 10 years and currently working as a web technology analyst at Ryerson University. He believes that technology, especially online applications and cloud computing, should be used to empower people to reach their potential. Over the years, Alex has worked with businesses, non-profit organizations, and academia to develop and employ solutions that bring the business value into an online experience. In his work, he is an advocate for best practices in accessibility, designing user interfaces, and overall user experience.

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