Accessibility and Universal Design

Mon Sep 23, 2013 9:00am - 11:00am @ e-Learning Training Room

Category: Planning and Design Seats Available: 8

Format: Hands-on  Delivery Method: Real-time  Delivery System: Classroom 

Instructors: Matthew Minister


Good design is universal. A web page should be "accessible" whether you are using Firefox or Internet Explorer, a Mac, Linux or a Windows PC, and whether or not you have a disability. In this workshop, you will learn about accessible web page design and the Americans with Disabilities Act's Section 508, which applies to online course content. Learn how to develop accessible web pages and multimedia components in a browser-based environment that meet ADA and W3C standards. Understand how common page design problems such as frames and table-based layout cause problems for screen readers like JAWS. Consider how text transcripts or captions can enhance videos for everyone; not just the hearing impaired. Think about what sort of text should accompany a graphic or data table in order to get its meaning across. Think about use of high contrast for legibility and how adding other cues in addition to color can aid in navigation. Consider how use of cascading style sheets (CSS) can make your coding easier and your pages more customizable to the end user. Learn about accommodations you will need to make if a student discloses a disability, and about the resources that are available to help you meet their needs. View the workshop notes.


Understand Accessibility in the online environment. See how a screen reader parses information on a web page. Learn about good color choices. Learn about ALT tags and Long Description tags. Learn about the importance of text transcripts for videos. Learn about resources available through NAU's Disability Support Services office.