REHAB 711NC: Designing Universally Accessible WWW Resources for People with Disabilities
This course is designed for web content developers to learn about the disability access issues faced by people with disabilities in using the web and how web resources can be designed to improve accessibility. The course provides a foundation on how people with disabilities access information on the web using mainstream browsers and specialized assistive technologies like speech renderings. Participants will learn about the two main standards for web accessibility, the W3C Web Content Accessibility Standards and the Section 508 requirements for web materials. The strengths and weaknesses of different evaluation and repair tools will be presented to help participants understand how to use the available tools to evaluate and repair their web resources. Participants will learn about common HTML accessibility problems, and HTML and CSS techniques that can be used to improve accessibility. Captioning of multimedia materials is also covered for Microsoft Media Player, Real Player and Quicktime, and the accessibility of non-W3C technologies like PDF and Flash will also be discussed.
The course is will be offered over the web and students will receive a CD-ROM of the software demonstrated or used in the course. Students are expected to have their own computer system and will need to use RelaPlayer in combination with either Internet Explorer, Opera, Netscape Navigator or some other HTML 4.0 compatible broswer to participate in the classroom lecture and discussion. Potential participants who are concerned about accessibility issues accessibility should contact the instructor as soon as possible.
Twice a week students will log in for a lecture using a browser to view slide information, IRC chat client to ask questions or to make comments, and Real Player for a real time audio of the lecturers voice. Course visuals will be available on the web and students can ask questions through a standard IRC text chat feature. If you miss a class, the lectures will be archived for your review.
Course Lectures consist of:
Students can also share information through e-mail during the course. I will sent up a mail list for people to send information to other people or to me in the course.
Participants can receive one of two certificates for participation in the course.
Currently there are no continuing education credits offered with this course. Continuing education credits are being explored for RESNA.
Supported by funding provided under Grant #H133D010203, National Institute on Rehabilitation and Research, US Department of Education.
Time: Tuesday and Thursdays, 4:00-5:00 CST
Dates: September 24th to November 21st (16 classes, no class October 22nd and 24th)
Location: On the web
Credits: This is a no credit course, people interested in continuing education credits should contact the instructor.
Fee Information: $285 and includes a CD-ROM of demonstration software
|September 30th||Orientation to Learning System|
|October 1st||Alternative Views of the Web||Opera Browser|
|October 3rd||Voice Browsers||Assignment 1||IBM Home Page Reader|
|October 8th||W3C Web Content Guidelines and Section 508 Requirements|
|October 10th||Evaluation and Repair Tools||Assignment 2|
|October 15th||Describing Images|
|October 17th||no class|
|October 22nd||Using Markup to Indicate Structure||Assignment 3|
|October 24th||Cascading Style Sheets: Introduction|
|October 29th||Cascading Style Sheets: Colors and Fonts||Assignment 4|
|October 31st||Cascading Style Sheets: Borders and Positioning|
|November 5th||Layout: Tables and CSS||Assignment 5|
|November 7th||Scripting I|
|November 12th||Scripting II||Assignment 6|
|November 14th||Multi-media Captioning: Captioning Concepts, SAMI|
|November 19th||Multi-media Captioning: SMIL and Magpie|
|November 21st||Adobe PDF and Flash Accessibility Issues|
|November 26st||Example redesigns|
The Great Lakes Center was founded in 1991 and is one of 10 Centers established nationally by the US Department of Education, National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation and Research (NIDRR) to provide technical assistance regarding the ADA. The Great Lakes Center serves the States of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. Services include operation of an 800 number for technical assistance and dissemination of information regarding the ADA through training and direct mail. In addition, the Center has expanded its mission to include issues related to the use and acquisition of accessible information technology and its impact on individuals within a variety of settings, including education, business and government. The Center consistently ranks the highest for volume of calls and number of individuals trained among the 10 centers nationally.
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