1. Understanding Web Accessibility

Fee: Free

Location: online http://courses.idrc.ocad.ca

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Audience: Both technical and non-technical audiences may take the course. Aimed at those involved in developing Web content or Web applications, and at decision makers who need to know about or plan accessibility in ICT.

Objectives: To have people understand the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0), the basis for the AODA Information and Communication accessibility requirements, to experience barriers firsthand, and to come away with a variety of strategies that address potential accessibility problems.

Topics Addressed:

  • Simplified introduction to the WCAG 2.0 guidelines.
  • What accessibility barriers look like (and feel like)
  • Ways to avoid creating barriers (technical strategies)
  • Addressing usability (accessible does not necessarily mean usable)

 

2. Understanding Web Accessibility: Strategies for Content Authors

Duration: 2.5 hours including a 15 minute break

Fee: $1500

Location: Inclusive Design Research Centre - 205 Richmond St. W, 2nd Floor (On-site presentations can also be arranged)

Objective: To have people leave the workshop with a basic non-technical understanding of what is meant by “accessibility of information systems for people with disabilities” and how it can be achieved.

Audience: Non-technical, management, policy makers, analysts, operational staff who are working on information management development projects. Up to 25 seats available.

Topics Addressed:

  • What is Accessibility?
  • How do People with Disabilities Use Computers
  • The Inclusive Business Case
  • The Web Channel
  • Non-Technical Overview of the WCAG 2.0: Guidelines
  • Accessibility Evaluation
  • Tool Support for WCAG 2.0 (ATAG 2.0)
  • Other Considerations
  • Web Accessibility Myths
  • Additional Guidance

3. Online Accessibility for People with Disabilities: Strategies for a Technical Audience

Duration: 2.5 hours including a 15 minute break

Fee: $1500

Location: Inclusive Design Research Centre - 205 Richmond St. W. 2nd Floor (On-site presentations can also be arranged)

Objective: To have people leave the workshop with a good understanding of W3C WCAG 2.0 Level AA (AODA Information and Communication) requirements, and how conformance is achieved.

Audience: Information technology staff responsible for website and system development. Up to 25 seats available.

Topics Addressed:

  • What is Accessibility?
  • How do People with Disabilities Use Computers
  • The Inclusive Business Case
  • WCAG 2.0: Guidelines and Techniques
  • Accessibility Evaluation
  • Tool Support for WCAG 2.0
  • Web Accessibility Myths
  • Additional Guidance

4. Strategies for Accessible Office Document Creation

Duration: 1.5 hours (including Q&A)

Fee: $1000 + HST (for up to 25 seats)

Location: Inclusive Design Research Centre - 205 Richmond St. W, 2nd Floor, Toronto (On-site presentations can also be arranged)

Objective: To have people leave the workshop with a basic understanding of what is meant by "accessible office documents for people with disabilities" and how these can be created with modern office applications (e.g., Microsoft Word, Apache OpenOffice).

Audience: All (especially managers, IT and administrators)

Topics Addressed:

  • Overview of how persons with disabilities may use computers.
  • The role of accessible office documents in meeting legislative requirements (e.g. AODA)
  • Introduction to techniques for creating accessible word processing documents
  • Introduction to techniques for creating PDF documents (excluding forms)
  • How to consider office document accessibility in procurement and workflow planning