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Website Accessibility: 17 Steps You Can Take Today to Ensure Future 508 Compliance

Website Accessibility: 17 Steps You Can Take Today to Ensure Future 508 Compliance

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Until now, website accessibility hasn't been a big concern for most business owners, marketers, and content creators. Owners of brick and mortar stores, restaurants, and office buildings are required by law to accommodate the needs of customers with disabilities via wheelchair ramps, braille product signage, accessible restrooms, and more.

As a website owner, you will soon be required to deliver website design and content that is accessible to people with a wide range of disabilities including blindness and low vision, deafness and hearing loss, learning disabilities, cognitive limitations, limited movement, speech disabilities, and photo sensitivity.

By 2018, The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is expected to roll out official compliance guidelines concerning online accessibility for the disabled as part of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The DOJ will soon be expecting all websites (Federal government, state/local government, and private companies) to accommodate people with disabilities. Whether the DOJ will implement web accessibility standards is not a matter of "if," but "when."

Waiting until it's the law may still make your organization legally vulnerable in the meantime if you aren't in compliance, as organizations such as Peapod, Target, Reebok, and the NBA have already found out. All of them have already been sued for website accessibility non-compliance.

Attend this 3-hour session and you’ll learn about the WCAG 2.0 Guidelines and what you must do to make your website functionality and content accessible today and in the future..

Where is this class held?

This is a live, online class led by a field expert; and just like an in-person class, it is fully interactive and engaging. The difference between an online and on-site class? No travel! You can participate from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection. Many of our students choose to stay home from work on these training days, some never even changing out of their slippers! Where applicable, students can speak with and hear from the instructor and other participants throughout the course as they work in real-time to complete activities.

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Topics covered will include some of the following:

  • What is Website Accessibility?

Learn the importance of removing barriers that prevent interaction with, or access to, websites by people with disabilities. When sites are correctly designed, developed, and edited, all users have equal access to information and functionality.

  • Discovering the Four Principles

If any of these are not true, users with disabilities will not be able to use your website.

        • Perceivable - Information and user interface components must be presentable to users in ways they can perceive.
        • Operable - User interface components and navigation must be operable.
        • Understandable - Information and the operation of user interface must be understandable.
        • Robust - Content must be robust enough that it can be interpreted reliably by a wide variety of user agents, including assistive technologies.
  • Learning How to Work with the WCAG 2.0 Guidelines

WCAG 2.0 is a stable, referenceable technical standard. Learn about the testable success criteria in levels A & AA.

  • 17 Website Adjustments You Can Make Today for Better Accessibility

Learn 17 adjustments you can make to your website now to make it more accessible.

About Your Instructor

Since 1995, Mary Gillen has designed and developed Web sites and applications that serve, all responsive, 508-compliant, accessible and search engine-optimized. Over the years, she has developed responsive and accessible-compliant Web sites for large corporations, small startups, non-profits, associations, Federal government agencies, and more. Clients include: National Institutes of Health, The World Bank, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Cancer Research Foundation of America, American Pharmacists Association, McKinsey & Company, and many others. Responsive design, search engine optimization, 508-compliant, and WCAG 2.0 standards (from A to AAA) are always applied.

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This was by far the most engaging online training I have attended. Just the right pace and energy. I would highly recommend this (and I will)
Bill Dameron