Web Design and Development

Hopefully it’s clear that your IT department should receive targeted training in web accessibility. If you are using a content management system (CMS), you’ll also want to consider the many different people who may be involved in uploading and editing your website content. While the average employee doesn’t need to know the nuts and bolts of web accessibility, you’ll want to ensure that anyone involved with the website understands how to upload accessible content.

PEAT Resources

10 Tips for an Accessible Website

A handy introductory primer on how to get started with web accessibility.

Buy IT!—Testing and Validation

An accurate and comprehensive testing and reporting process can improve communication with job seekers, employees, customers, and other end users about your company’s commitment to accessibility.

External Resources

A wide range of free web accessibility training materials and opportunities are also available online (and listed below). In addition, many organizations are available to provide professional development training, either externally or in-house.

W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Education and Outreach Working Group

W3C offers extensive resources for web accessibility. Just a few highlights include an excellent overview of the Why, What, and How of web accessibility and a guide to developing organizational policies on website accessibility.

Introduction to Web Accessibility Online Course

W3C offers this free online course through edX that is based on their open curricula for accessibility.

WebAIM

WebAIM offers many online training materials, including a basic introduction to web accessibility.

The A11y Project

This community-driven initiative provides many free trainings and how-to guides.

Teach Access Tutorial

The TeachAccess initiative provides a basic training tutorial for developers and designers for making accessible mobile and web apps.

Section 508.gov: Improving Website Accessibility

Section 508.gov provides a guide to creating websites compliant with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

Web Accessibility by Google

Google provides this free online course in Web Accessibility through Udacity.

Creating an Accessibility Engineering Practice

A primer by Dan Na about the nuts and bolts of implementing accessibility, and also building a work culture that supports it.

Accessibility Wins

Marcy Sutton’s engaging blog tracks examples of accessible user interfaces and tools.

SNAP Tool

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) provides this 15-step self-assessment tool to guide staff through the process of making a website accessible.