- Learning Outcomes
- Suggested Prerequisites
- Required Technology
- Content Structure
- Suggested Readings
- Beyond Business Practices
Welcome to Digital Accessibility as a Business Practice. We are glad that you are learning about this important topic!
By the time you complete the instruction here, you should be able to:
- Communicate business cases for digital accessibility.
- Identify how people with disabilities access IT systems and digital content.
- Identify elements of your business IT environment where attention to accessibility is needed.
- Recognize how key accessibility guidelines in WCAG 2.0 can be leveraged.
- Identify accessibility requirements when working with international clientele.
- Choose resources staff in various roles can use to learn about accessibility.
- Implement accessible hiring practices.
- Describe employee accommodation within the context of digital accessibility.
- Develop an IT accessibility plan and policy.
- Identify training for employees in varied roles.
- Write and evaluate digital accessibility requirements in procurement contracts and RFPs.
- Put together an accessibility committee, and/or assign an accessibility champion.
- Identify basic digital accessibility issues in web content and electronic documents.
- Develop a policy document to guide a digital accessibility implementation plan and a strategy to sustain its impact on organizational change.
(More specific learning objectives are included with each unit.)
There are no prerequisites to successfully learn from the materials provided here. However, basic familiarity with the principles of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) will be beneficial.
You will need the following applications to apply the knowledge you’ll gain and to complete the activities:
- A word-processing application (e.g., Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, Google Docs)
- A PDF reader (e.g., Adobe Reader)
The content here is made up of the introductory section that you are reading now, plus six units.
Throughout units there are a number of short Challenge Tests that will help reinforce what you are learning. They are interactive with instant feedback in the web ebook version, with a text-based alternative and answer key in the other available formats.
Readings & References
There are many Readings & References boxes mentioned throughout the units that expand on the content being presented. You are encouraged to explore these resources, but you will not be tested on them.
Readings & References:
- 10 Key Guidelines [PDF]
- Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0)
- PAID – Ch 3 Implementing Accessibility in the Enterprise
- PAID – Web Accessibility – Web Standards and Regulatory Compliance (2006 US)
- A Guide to the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (2014 Ontario) [PDF]
- How to Create an Accessibility Plan and Policy (Ontario)
- Employers’ Toolkit: Making Ontario Workplaces Accessible to people with disabilities (Ontario)
- Benefiting from Accessible E-Business Practices
Beyond Business Practices
For those who would like to go beyond what they’ve learned here, The Chang School offers additional resources on digital accessibility aimed at a variety of audiences.
- Professional Web Accessibility Auditing Made Easy (web ebook version)
- Introduction to Web Accessibility (web ebook version)
- Web Accessibility for Developers (web ebook version)
- Understanding Document Accessibility (web ebook version)
The information presented here is for instructional purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice on any particular issue, including compliance with relevant laws. We specifically disclaim any liability for any loss or damage any participant may suffer as a result of the information contained. Furthermore, successful completion of activities contained here does not result in formal accreditation or recognition within or for any given field or purpose.