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Fall 2002

REHAB 711NC: Designing Universally Accessible WWW Resources for People with Disabilities

Abstract | How Participation Works | Certificate and CEUs | Sponsors | Dates, Times and Contact | Lectures and Assignments | | Materials | Technical Support | Great Lakes ADA Center


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.

How Participation Works

Login Proceedure

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.

Certificate and Continuing Education Credits

Participants can receive one of two certificates for participation in the course.

Certificate of Participation
People who participate in all the classes and/or review the archived version of each lecture will receive a certificate of participation.
Certificate of Completion
People who complete at least 6 out of the 8 assignments will receive a certificate of completion

Currently there are no continuing education credits offered with this course. Continuing education credits are being explored for RESNA.

Course Sponsors

Division of Rehabilitation - Education Services
College of Applied Life Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
Illinois Board of Higher Education
Great Lakes ADA and Accessible IT Center
Department of Disability and Human Development
University of Illinois at Chicago

Supported by funding provided under Grant #H133D010203, National Institute on Rehabilitation and Research, US Department of Education.

Dates, Times and Contact Information

Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., ATP
Phone: (217) 244-5870

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

Lectures and Assignments

Updated 9/23/2002

Date Topic Assigments Reference Materials
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    


Required Software Materials

REHAB 7111 NC CD-ROM (list of included software)

Operasoft Opera 6.0
Internet Explorer 6.0
Netscape Navigator 7.0
Real Media Player
Microsoft Media Player
Apple Quicktime Player
Hotmetal Pro Demo
Dreamweaver Demo

Useful Print Materials (not required)

Constructing Accessible Web Sites
Jim Thatcher, Cynthia Waddell, Shawn Henry, Sarah Swierenga, Mark Urban, Michael Burks, Bob Regan, Paul Bohman
Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference
Danny Goodman
Cascading Style Sheets, designing for the Web
Hakon Wium Lie and Bert Bos
Addison Wesley
Designing Web Usability
Jakob Nielson
New Riders Publishing

Technical Support

Jon Gunderson
Phone: 217-244-5870
Mark Berning
Phone: 217-333-1082
Dan Linder

Great Lakes ADA and Accessible Information Technology Center

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 it’s 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.

TTY/Voice: 800-949-4232

FAX: 312-413-1856



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