Illinois Center for Information Technology Accessibility

Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES)

University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign

Courses

Spring 2007

Description: This 2-day hands-on workshop is designed for web content developers to learn about access issues faced by people with disabilities in using the web, and how web resources can be designed to improve accessibility. The workshop will provide a foundation on how people with disabilities access information on the web using both mainstream browsers and specialized assistive technologies like screen readers.
Participants will learn about the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and the federal Section 508 Information Technology Standards requirements for web resources. Participants will also learn about the strengths and weaknesses of various tools used to evaluate the functional accessibility of web resources. And finally, participants will learn about and put to use the CITES/DRES web accessibility "best practices" for building web sites that are more accessible to everyone, including people with disabilities, and will walk through building an accessible page using these principles.
Additional information and registration available at http://www.fast3.uiuc.edu/workshops/accessibility.htm
Publishing Word Documents to the Web
Word is a popular tool for creating memos, reports, and other documents to be placed on the web. Participants will learn how to use the Illinois Accessible Web Publishing Wizard for Microsoft Office to publish HTML versions of Word documents to the web. The Wizard supports web standards and accessibility to people with disabilities, making the documents more accessible to everyone by giving people more options to access the document. Participants will learn best practices to make it easier for authors to manage the styling and layout of their documents and improve the quality of the published HTML. An important part of the session is learning about Word styling features to manage document formatting. The first two hours of the session will be a hands-on tutorial, and the last hour will provide time for participants to use the techniques they've learned to improve the formatting and structure of Word documents they bring to the class.
Additional information and registration available at http://www.fast3.uiuc.edu/workshops/accessibility.htm
Publishing PowerPoint Presentations to the Web
PowerPoint is a popular tool for creating presentations. Many authors want to make their presentations available on the web. Participants will learn how to use the Illinois Accessible Web Publishing Wizard for Microsoft Office to publish HTML versions of PowerPoint presentations to the web. The Wizard supports web standards and accessibility to people with disabilities, making the presentation more accessible to everyone by giving people more options to access the presentation. Participants will learn best practices to make it easier for authors to managing the styling and layout of their presentations and improve the quality of the published HTML. The first two hours of the session will be a hands-on tutorial, and the last hour will provide time for participants to use the techniques they've learned to improve the formatting of PowerPoint presentations they bring to the class.
Additional information and registration available at http://www.fast3.uiuc.edu/workshops/accessibility.htm
Functional Testing of Web Resources for Accessibility
The Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) has created a number of tools for evaluating the functional accessibility of web resources. These tools consist of the Functional Web Accessibility Evaluator (FAE) and the Mozilla/Firefox Accessibility Extension. Participants will learn the basic principles of functional web access, and how these tools can be used to evaluate and report on the implementation of HTML techniques that support functional accessibility. Participants will be able to test using the tools on their own web resources as part of the course.
Additional information and registration available at http://www.fast3.uiuc.edu/workshops/accessibility.htm
Accessible E-mail Communications
The university sends documents attached to e-mails for many types of communication within departments, colleges, and the university as a whole. It is critical that these communications be accessible to everyone including people with disabilities. Participants will learn about the accessibility of various document formats, including Adobe PDF, Microsoft Office, and HTML documents and forms. Participants will also practice making an accessible announcement using the Illinois Accessible Web Publishing Wizard.
Additional information and registration available at http://www.fast3.uiuc.edu/workshops/accessibility.htm
Accessible PDF Publishing
Adobe PDF (Portable Document Format) is a popular format for publishing information to the web, and for creating forms that can be filled out electronically. Participants in this workshop will learn about accessibility features built into Adobe PDF Reader and Adobe Acrobat, as well as best practices for creating PDF documents that are more accessible to people with disabilities. Through hands-on exercises, participants will also learn how to evaluate and repair PDF documents for accessibility information, how to configure Microsoft Office with Adobe Acrobat to improve the accessibility of PDF documents authored in Word, and how to create PDF forms that are accessible to screen readers.
Additional information and registration available at http://www.fast3.uiuc.edu/workshops/accessibility.htm

Fall 2006

On-line REHAB711NC: Designing Universally Accessible Web Resources for People
Dates: September 21st - December 14th
Tenative Meeting Times: Tuesdays and Thursday from 3:30pm-4:30pm CST (Chicago local time)
Location: Online (all lectures are archived for asynchronous viewing)
Contact: Jon Gunderson, Ph.D.
Brochure: REHAB711 Fall 2006 Class Brochure
 

Summer 2006

Universally Design Workshop: Designing more accessible web resources for everyone, including people with disabilities
Dates: June 14th-15th
Location: University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
Cost: $345 (Special price of $195 for State and Higher Education Employees in the State of Illinois)
Instructor: Jon Gunderson, Ph.D.
Contact: Christy Blew

Spring 2006

LIS490: Designing Universally Accessible Web Resources for People with Disabilities
Credits/Units: 3 credits or 1 unit
Meeting Times: 9:00-10:20 Tuesdays and Thursdays
Location: 290 Undergraduate Library
Contact: Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., ATP
On-line REHAB711NC: Designing Universally Accessible Web Resources for People
Dates: 14 February - 20 April, 2006
Meeting Times: Tuesdays 3:30-4:30pm and Thursday from 3:00pm-4:00pm (CST, Chicago local time)
Location: Online (all lectures are archived for asynchronous viewing)
Contact: Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., ATP
Brochure: REHAB711 Spring 2006 Class Brochure
 

Fall 2005

REHAB711NC: Designing Universally Accessible Web Resources for People with Disabilities (on-line)
Dates: October 11th - December 15th
Meeting Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00-4:00pm (CST, Chicago local time)
Contact: Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., ATP

Spring 2005:

REHAB711NC: Designing Universally Accessible Web Resources for People with Disabilities
Dates: January 25th - April 14th
Meeting Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00-4:00pm (CST, Chicago local time)
Contact: Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., ATP

Fall 2004:

REHAB711NC: Designing Universally Accessible Web Resources for People with Disabilities
Dates: September 28th - December 14th
Meeting Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00-4:00pm (CST, Chicago local time)
Contact: Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., ATP
Brochure: PDF Version of REHAB711 Brochure, Word Version of REHAB711 Brochure

Spring 2004:

CS 397: Accessible Software Design for People with Disabilities
Dates: September 28th - December 14th
Meeting Times: MWF 1:00-1:50
REHAB711NC: Designing Universally Accessible Web Resources for People with Disabilities
Dates: February 17th - May 11th
Meeting Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-5:00pm (CST, Chicago local time)
Contact: Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., ATP

Fall 2003:

REHAB711NC: Designing Universally Accessible Web Resources for People with Disabilities
Dates: September 23rd - December 10th (17 classes, no class October 16th, November 13th and November 27th)
Meeting Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-5:00pm (CST, Chicago local time)
Contact: Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., ATP
Brochure: PDF Version of REHAB711 Brochure, Word Version of REHAB711 Brochure

Spring 2003:

LIS350AR: Designing Universally Accessible WWW Resources
REHAB711NC: Designing Universally Accessible Web Resources for People with Disabilities

Fall 2002:

REHAB711NC: Designing Universally Accessible Web Resources for People with Disabilities

Spring 2002:

REHAB711NC: On-line course on Designing Universally Accessible Resources for the Web
LIS350AR: Designing Universally Accessible WWW Resources