Introduction to Web Accessibility, WCAG 2.0, and Section 508 Compliance Training Course

Introduction – Web Accessibility, WCAG 2.0, and Section 508 Compliance Training Course

Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC, Virtually Online Live & On-Site

Course Description for Introduction to Web Accessibility, WCAG 2.0, and Section 508 Compliance:
In this hands-on, two-day Introduction to Web Accessibility, WCAG 2.0, and Section 508 Compliance training course introduces you to web content accessibility and usability for people with physical or cognitive disabilities. It introduces you to accessibility legislation (e.g., Section 508) and guidelines (WCAG 2.0). You will use a variety of tools to evaluate accessibility, such as audit tools, screen readers, browser tools, and online tools and resources. You will learn what to look for in an evaluation tool, what tools can and cannot do, and why human usability testing is vital.

In 2017, Section 508 was updated to adhere to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0). You will gain familiarity with WCAG 2.0 specifications by:
• Becoming familiar with the four accessibility principles in WCAG 2.0.
• Using a filterable WCAG 2.0 quick reference on the W3C website to find techniques and examples of successes and failures of WCAG 2.0 conformance.
• Exploring web design techniques using HTML/HTML5, CSS, and WAI-ARIA to meet the criteria for WCAG 2.0 to the AA level.

You will learn about job roles in an accessibility workflow, and explore considerations when performing an accessibility review, including providing a compliance report. You will learn when and how to provide a statement of partial conformance.

By the end of this course, you will have a better understanding of web accessibility, how to achieve it, and where to find resources, examples, and guidance.

Prerequisites for Attending Introduction to Web Accessibility, WCAG 2.0, and Section 508 Compliance:
Students should have some knowledge of basic web design, including working with HTML and CSS.

Job Roles that Use Introduction to Web Accessibility, WCAG 2.0, and Section 508 Compliance:
Web developers/designers
Accessibility testers
Managers and project teams and related roles

Projects that Use Introduction to Web Accessibility, WCAG 2.0, and Section 508 Compliance:
Creating, assessing, remediating accessible Web pages
Planning and conducting accessibility review

Locations for Introduction to Web Accessibility, WCAG 2.0, and Section 508 Compliance:
In Person at ThinkB!G’s Office in Columbia, MD (next to the Columbia Mall)
Online Live from Anywhere
Private Custom Training On Site or at Your Location
Project Based Training On Site or at Your Location

Times for Introduction to Web Accessibility, WCAG 2.0, and Section 508 Compliance:
In Person & Online Live: 8:30AM-3:00PM ET / 5:30AM-12:00PM PT (30 Minute Lunch)
Private Custom & Project Based Training: Your preference
*Please click the Dates To Register tab above to see all dates & times available.*

Introduction to Web Accessibility, WCAG 2.0, and Section 508 Compliance Training Includes:
Hands-On Training Led by Certified Instructors
Print and/or Digital Courseware
Certificate of Completion
Continental Breakfast Every Day (In Person Only)
Catered Gourmet Deli Lunch Every Day (In Person Only)
Unlimited Snacks and Refreshments (In Person Only)
Notebook & Pen (In Person Only)
Free Parking (In Person Only)

Software Versions:
ThinkB!G open enrollment classes are taught on the most current version of software whenever possible. To request a specific version, please Contact Us or call us at 301-362-2250.

Introduction to Web Accessibility, WCAG 2.0, and Section 508 Compliance Training Class Reviews:
“Web Accessibility and Section 508 training was great. Used it for many years but have learned so much that I forgot or didn’t realize or know. Really enjoyed this class and teacher, if you had a 10 I would have given him a 10.” Donna R. – L3 National Security Solutions

“This training was amazing! It was very informative. I learned so much information about making the web 508 accessible. I was introduced to new ways of thinking about web accessibility. I definitely would recommend this class to others.” – Ambyr F. – Bureau of Land Management

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Advanced Web Accessibility for Web Pages and Applications with WAI-ARIA, WCAG 2.0, and Section 508 Compliance
Acrobat Section 508 Accessibility
HTML5 & CSS3 Advanced for Responsive Web Design
HTML5 & HTML Intro with CSS

Introduction to Web Accessibility, WCAG 2.0, and Section 508 Compliance: Course Outline

1. Introduction to Accessibility

This module introduces you to accessibility as it relates to websites, including legislation and recent (2017) changes to the U.S. law. In this module, you will learn about:

• Various disabilities and accessibility technologies.
• Accessibility vs. usability, and why human testing is vital.
• Legislation and guidelines, including Section 508 of the Workforce Rehabilitation Act and its recent updates.
• The W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 and its four principles and guidelines towards an accessible web.

2. Selecting and Using Tools to Evaluate Accessibility

In module two, you will learn about tools that you can use to assess a website for accessibility compliance, produce accessibility reports, and mimic accessibility issues by applying restrictions (e.g., no color, blurry or distorted vision, no page styling, no image loading). You will discover:

• What evaluation tools can and cannot do.
• Considerations when choosing an evaluation tool.
• Accessibility auditing and reporting tools and services.
• Accessibility assessment tools, including:
• online tools (websites).
• browser plug-ins/extensions.
• JavaScript favelets and bookmarklets.
• Screen reading software and extensions (NVDA, JAWS, VoiceOver, Chrome VOX).
• Why human usability testing is vital.

You will use the tools listed above to examine your own website, as well as a sample website set up to compare an accessible (good) version with an inaccessible (bad) version.

3. Techniques for Addressing Specific Accessibility Requirements

In this module, you will learn about accessibility requirements by becoming familiar with the success criteria and techniques outlined in WCAG 2.0 level A and level AA. Specifically, you will:

• Discuss using accessibility features in website development software (e.g., Dreamweaver) and web-based software tools (e.g., CMS website tools like WordPress).

• Become familiar with the four accessibility principles in WCAG 2.0.

• Use the How to Meet WCAG 2.0 reference on the W3C website to find techniques and examples of successes and failures of WCAG 2.0 conformance.

• Examine techniques to make a website accessible, including:

• Creating effective alternative text for images (graphics, sprites, image maps, images of text, etc.), including best practices for writing alternative text, best uses for background images, how to write alt text for images that are links, and providing long description options for complex images.

• Providing a text-based alternative for audio or video, or video with audio. Provide captions for video with audio.

• Ensuring that flickering on your web pages does not cause seizures.

• Providing controls on your web pages that allow users to change aspects of the page to suit their abilities, such as resizing text or turning off or down any audio that plays automatically.

• Using color and color-contrast effectively so meaning and legibility is still apparent to people with color-blindness or low vision.

• Ensuring that instructions for the page and any interactive elements (like forms) are clear, and do not rely on sensory characteristics of components such as shape, visual location, or sound.

• Providing keyboard navigability to all content on the page, without keyboard traps, and with visible focus.

• Avoiding using techniques that decrease accessibility, such as access keys and JavaScript jump menus.

• Ensuring that links are obviously different than regular text, that it is apparent when a link has focus, and that the purpose of a links is clear even when the surrounding text is not read.

• Communicating content and structure as well as enhancing keyboard-only navigation and navigation with a screen reader by providing page titles, a proper heading structure, semantic markup, visible focus, landmarks and regions, and skip links.

• Indicating the language of each page and text within the page when it is different from the entire page.

• Creating accessible forms by ensuring the form has a proper focus order and layout, and by providing screen readers with clear instructions, including required fields, error messages, and labels (form controls and grouped controls).

• Making basic tables more accessible to screen readers by understanding the differences in code between layout and data tables, examining reading order of tables, and by using several methods to associate row and column headers with data.

4. Accessibility Workflows and Reporting

In this module, you will consider the steps in the website accessibility workflow, from planning through implementation, and finally, reporting.

• From managers to content developers to coders: roles and responsibilities in an accessibility workflow.
• Considerations when performing an accessibility review.
• Reporting your findings, including providing a compliance report or a statement of partial conformance.

Disclaimer:

All course objectives and outlines are a guide for students.  To ensure student satisfaction, these course topics and order may be modified or added to ensure the latest information is covered to support real world use of the technology.

 Introduction to Web Accessibility, WCAG 2.0, and Section 508 Compliance Reviews:

“[The Instructor] was extremely helpful and took the time to explain everything. I [would] love to take additional training.” – Antoinette T., U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Web Accessibility and Section 508 training was great. Used it for many years but have learned so much that I forgot or didn’t realize or know. Really enjoyed this class and teacher, if you had a 10 I would have given him a 10.” – Donna R., L3 National Security Solutions

“This training was amazing! It was very informative. I learned so much information about making the web 508 accessible. I was introduced to new ways of thinking about web accessibility. I definitely would recommend this class to others.” – Ambyr F.,Bureau of Land Management

“Great teacher. The teacher address everyone issues separately with the motto no student left behind.” – Michelle W., U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission

A good mix of practical fixes we can implement now, as well as goals for the future.” – Cindy R., USDA

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Intro - Web Accessibility, WCAG 2.0, and Section 508 Compliance

Columbia, MD - In Person & Online Live

Monday, Jan 07, 2019 Tuesday, Jan 08, 2019 8:30 am EST - 3:00 pm EST Register
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Columbia, MD - In Person & Online Live

Monday, Mar 04, 2019 Tuesday, Mar 05, 2019 8:30 am EST - 3:00 pm EST Register
Intro - Web Accessibility, WCAG 2.0, and Section 508 Compliance

Columbia, MD - In Person & Online Live

Monday, Apr 29, 2019 Tuesday, Apr 30, 2019 8:30 am EST - 3:00 pm EST Register
Intro - Web Accessibility, WCAG 2.0, and Section 508 Compliance

Columbia, MD - In Person & Online Live

Monday, Jun 24, 2019 Tuesday, Jun 25, 2019 8:30 am EST - 3:00 pm EST Register
Intro - Web Accessibility, WCAG 2.0, and Section 508 Compliance

Columbia, MD - In Person & Online Live

Monday, Aug 12, 2019 Tuesday, Aug 13, 2019 8:30 am EST - 3:00 pm EST Register
Intro - Web Accessibility, WCAG 2.0, and Section 508 Compliance

Columbia, MD - In Person & Online Live

Monday, Sep 16, 2019 Tuesday, Sep 17, 2019 8:30 am EST - 3:00 pm EST Register
Intro - Web Accessibility, WCAG 2.0, and Section 508 Compliance

Columbia, MD - In Person & Online Live

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2019 Wednesday, Oct 16, 2019 8:30 am EST - 3:00 pm EST Register
Intro - Web Accessibility, WCAG 2.0, and Section 508 Compliance

Columbia, MD - In Person & Online Live

Monday, Dec 02, 2019 Tuesday, Dec 03, 2019 8:30 am EST - 3:00 pm EST Register