Web Accessibility Training Course - WCAG 2.1 Compliance
What you'll learn
- Beginners & intermediate level course from award-winning accessible website designer Jim Byrne. Learn the techniques you need to create accessible websites.
- Learn from disabled people themselves as they chat to Jim about the most irritating access issues they come across - and demonstrate how they use the web.
- You will learn an entire framework for thinking about accessibility. This will help you understand and solve any access issues you come across.
- There are lots of course bonuses to download; 111-page website accessibility e-book, the audio from the course, all the slides, and much more.
- Learn how people with different impairments access the web, i.e. deaf & hearing impairment, blind & visually impaired, physical impairments, and people with lea
- You will learn techniques for making non-text content accessible. i.e. images, videos, how to ensure your links, tables and are accessible and so on.
- You will get access to real examples of screen reader use, and an example of captions being added to a video.
- You will learn how HTML documents are structured and how that structure is fundamental to ensuring websites are accessible.
- You will learn about the medical and social models of disability and why they are relevant to accessible website design.
- You will learn the basics of ARIA is and how it is used to make dynamic content accessible.
- You will learn about the history and development of the WCAG 2.1 guidelines; what the levels mean (A, AA, AAA compliance) and the concepts that the latest versi
- You will learn the tools and techniques disabled people use and what that means in terms of ensuring websites are accessible.
- Students need to have access to a computer and the internet and an interest in accessible website design.
- It will help if you know the basics of how websites are designed/built.
Welcome to the beginners & intermediate level accessible website design course where you will learn both the techniques of accessible website design and an entire ‘framework for thinking about the subject’. This course will equip you with the skills to understand, identify and fix issues any accessibility issues you come across.
After you have completed the course you will have the skills you need to build and maintain accessible websites - websites that will pass the WCAG 2.1 guidelines up to AA level. WCAG 2.1 Level AA is the level most governments and organisations use as part of their legislation. You will gain a deep understanding of what accessible website design means.
My name is Jim Byrne - and I will be your guide throughout the course. I am an awarding winning accessibility specialist & website designer - with over 25 years of experience. I set up one of the UK’s first website accessibility consultancies in 1996 - called, The Making Connections Unit (MCU). The impetus for setting up the unit was my experience of working with disabled people within a project called The Wellbeing Initiative. It was there that I saw first hand the barriers and discrimination that disabled people have to put up with every day. After setting up the MCU - I then set up my own accessible website design business in 2003.
I have worked with national & local government, the private sector, corporate clients, Further Education, and the not-for-profit sector. My experience includes publishing books, guides, training courses, and giving feedback on a draft of the WCAG 2 guidelines - which I did as Director of the Guild of Accessible Website Designers.
You will hear disabled people explaining and demonstrating how they browse websites.
There are lots of course bonuses to download, including my 111-page website accessibility e-book, the audio from the course (to listen to at a time of your choosing), all the slides, and much more.
You will learn about the medical and social models of disability and what they mean for your approach to designing accessible websites.
You will learn how people with different impairments access the web, i.e. deaf & hearing impairment, blind & visually impaired, physical impairments, and people with learning difficulties. You will learn the tools and techniques they use and what that means in terms of ensuring websites are accessible.
You will learn techniques for making non-text content accessible. i.e. images, videos, how to ensure your links are accessible, how to ensure your tables are accessible. how to ensure your forms are accessible.
You will get access to real examples of screen reader use, and an example of captions being added to a video.
You will learn how HTML documents are structured and how that structure is fundamental to ensuring websites are accessible.
You will learn about the history and development of the WCAG 2.1 guidelines. You will learn what the levels mean (A, AA, AAA compliance) and the concepts that the latest version of the guidelines are based on. I translate the concepts into easy to understand language.
You will learn the basics of ARIA is and how you can use it to make dynamic content accessible.
The course is aimed mainly at beginners to the subject of accessible website design - but all website developers - whatever their level of experience - will learn from this course.
If if you want to learn accessible website design I sincerely believe the course I have developed is the one for you. I’ve put a lot of work into making it the best I could make it. Have a look at some of my free videos and register today to get started. I look forward to seeing you on the course. :-)
Who this course is for:
- Beginner website designers & developers. Experienced website developers will also learn a lot from this course.
Jim Byrne is a multi-award-winning accessible website design specialist. Jim has been designing websites, doing accessibility audits, and providing website accessibility training for nearly a quarter of a century. As the director of the Guild of Accessible Website Designers, Jim gave feedback to the WCAG 2 guidelines. Jim has been running his Accessible Website Design business since 2003.
Jim was the founder of The Making Connections Unit in 1996: one of the UK’s first web accessibility consultancies.
Joint author of Twitter for charities, non-profits and the voluntary sector with Jeremy Webb, published by Echo eBooks in 2012
Joint author of Standards for Disability Information and Advice Provision in Scotland: Making Websites Accessible (March 2011) Second edition co-written with Eva Bolanders, first edition published in 2007 by Scottish Accessible Information Forum.
Author of 60 Accessible Web Design tips and two other e-books related to accessible web design.
Author of the Guild of Accessible Web Designers accessible web design training course which covers every Priority 1 and 2 Web Content Accessibility Guidelines checkpoints.
Author of Jim Byrne's Guide To Accessible Website Design (111 page e-book)
A member of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP).
A founding member of the Guild of Accessible Web Designers (GAWDS): a world-wide association of organisations and accessible web designers and developers set up in 2003.
Winner of ‘Best Charitable Website Design Specialist 2019’.
The developer of the award-winning not-for-profit project, The Making Connections Unit (MCU). The MCU won an award in the equal access category of the Global Bangemann Award; a challenge by the City of Stockholm for cities of the world to show their finest information technology projects. The award was presented by the King of Sweden.
Identified as one of Scotland's movers and shakers in e-commerce in Scotland for work in the area of Web accessibility (NB Magazine, 2001).
Breakthrough Award for The Lothian Centre For Independent Living online help service.
Developing a passion for accessible website design
Jim is one of the few people around long enough to have done every task related to web design: installed, configured and managed operating systems (Linux, Apple, and Windows), installed a web server and all the required software, (e.g. Apache, Perl, PHP), wrote the required ‘cgi’ scripts, designed the web pages, hand-coded the HTML and designed and coded one of the world’s first content management systems.
In 1990 as a ‘mature’ student at Glasgow Caledonian University he was shown Tim Berners Lee’s first website by lecturers David Donald and John Culbert; it didn’t look like much (just text with links) but it did look like the future. He also embarrassed himself by being tongue-tied when he met Tim Berners Lee at a conference in London after shouting him over with the words, ‘Hey Tim!’.
Jim is also an experienced trainer and a former Lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University. In the mid 90’s he worked as a Trainer with The Wellbeing Initiative; an organisation set up to help disabled people get back into work. While working with The Wellbeing Initiative Jim became acutely aware of the extent to which disabled people were being discriminated against. This had an impact on the work he has done since. It directly leads to the setting up one of the UK’s first website accessibility consultants and the setting up of The Guild of Accessible Website Designers.