Introduction to Accessibility: Why It's Important and How It Benefits Everyone

Washington, D.C. campuses

GA D.C., 1776
1133 15th Street NW, 8th Floor
Washington D.C. 20005

GA D.C. (Northern Virginia)
2231 Crystal Drive #1000
Arlington VA 22202

Past Locations for this Class

Introduction to Accessibility: Why It's Important and How It Benefits Everyone

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. campuses

GA D.C., 1776
1133 15th Street NW, 8th Floor
Washington D.C. 20005

GA D.C. (Northern Virginia)
2231 Crystal Drive #1000
Arlington VA 22202

Past Locations for this Class

About this class

Regardless of your job function and industry, it is each of your responsibility to make your product or service accessible, and to encourage those around you to contribute in their areas of expertise. People with disabilities make the largest minority - about the size of China - yet their needs are the most ignored. Many businesses ignore this significant market. Accessibility is often used as an afterthought when a product or a service does not meet their needs. Accessibility is about more than just following a checklist. It is something that can only be learned with practice and exposure. It is impossible to be an expert in all aspects of accessibility - you need to have both a broad understanding of accessibility and a certain area to specialize in.

This class will help you get started with the basics of accessibility, show you some practical examples, and offer recommendations on next steps for furthering your skills.

Accessibility is not just for designers or business managers - it’s also for coders, developers, writers, editors - practically anyone.

Takeaways

  • Overview of accessibility and general examples of disabilities, needs, and solutions.
  • Examples of how accessibility benefits everyone and not just those with disabilities.
  • Learn how accessibility implementation from product launch saves you both time and money.
  • Examples of how people from various backgrounds can contribute to areas of accessibility.
  • Overview of disability laws and accessibility guidelines.
  • An overview of WCAG for web accessibility audit.
  • Examples of common web accessibility errors and how they can be remedied.

Prereqs & Preparation

None.

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