How to Not Get Sued: eAccessibility for Section 508 and ADA—Updated to Include Revised Section 508 and WCAG

Training Summary
Now covering WCAG 2.0 and 2.1! It used to be that the only way to comply with Web accessibility standards for persons with disabilities or difficulties was to publish content in HTML. One of the most exciting parts of Revised Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 is that it has become feasible for you to choose formats such as PDF and Office documents as the only container for certain content on your Web site … but only if you know how. We’ve worked with Adobe, Microsoft, and other experts to put together this comprehensive and powerful course, where attendees walk away with immediately-applicable tips and techniques to make documents accessible. De-mystify how to make documents accessible whether your source is Word, Excel, PowerPoint, InDesign… or existing PDFs! Sometimes the best way to provide content in an accessible format is to choose the right document format. Depending on your objective, whether to reduce costs, or to share knowledge and processes more effectively, starting with the right format can make the greatest difference. Most adults suffer from some level of disability or difficulty that can be mitigated through accessible technologies. And when we design for the extremes, everyone benefits. Not only will you conform to the standards (e.g., WCAG, PDF/UA, Accessible EPUB) and comply with the regulations (e.g., Revised Section 508 and ADA) you’ll be broadening the audience for your content while enriching the experience of existing users. Our course includes a thorough review of all pertinent standards that apply to accessible documents, including other policies which call for WCAG Level A and AA compliance. These standards allow any document type to be your only format (if you’d like), but only if your document is truly accessible … and that is poorly understood. We’ll cover everything from tables to charts to fonts to fillable forms and testing recommendations. Not only will you leave with ideas you can use right away, you may also gain a whole new attitude towards how technology can improve lives. By the end of the course, you will not only be aware of why accessibility and standards affect everyone: you’ll be equipped with a thorough understanding of what needs to be done and how, including tools and testing techniques. Each participant leaves with a comprehensive learning guide, detailing every relevant accessibility success criterion, packed with optional additional material to use after the course This course incorporates learning principles and activities appropriate to a variety of learning styles, and qualifies for CEUs. Now that PDF is recognized as a legitimate primary format for accessible publishing, there’s a need for people to understand what constitutes sufficiently-accessible PDF, and the steps to get there with the least expense and effort. Although most professional developers now create content with some awareness of browser incompatibilities and platform dependencies, they still experience difficulties with emerging accessibility standards. Much PDF continues to be developed based on assumptions that don’t address the specific needs of people with disabilities and difficulties and thus fail to deliver the promise of accessible PDF.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
1 Day/Lecture & Lab
This course is targeted to all project managers, product designers Webmasters, production coordinators, IT professionals, strategists, and controllers, involved in developing documents and websites
Course Topics
  • Introduction to Section 508 and ADA, and elated legislation
  • Why should we care?
  • Challenges and assistive technologies
  • Building accessibility and usability into every step of the publishing process
  • Introduction to WCAG
  • Techniques for creating and remediating accessible documents and templates
  • Testing, evaluation methodologies, and quality assurance
  • Strategies Beyond WCAG 2.0 AA
  • Next steps, Q&A

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