Following are training resources for both website and document accessibility.
For easier navigation on this page, please click on the appropriate training link:
Fundamentals of Digital Accessibility Training by Kapi‘olani CC
Department of Homeland Security
Google via Udacity
Google for Developers
Adobe Acrobat Pro
MS Office and PDF Checklists
Universal Design Learning (UDL)
Poet Training Tool
Fundamentals of Digital Accessibility by Kapi‘olani CC
The Fundamentals of Digital Accessibility is an online, self-paced professional development course developed by Kapi‘olani CC instructional designers for all UH employees. It serves as a low-pressure, self-paced learning resource with the option to complete a competency assessment to earn a digital credential. Participants learn important fundamental concepts of accessibility and how to apply their new knowledge to their own digital learning content (including Laulima-based content). There is more information available in this promo video. To register for the online, self-paced program, individuals should complete the Digital Accessibility Training Registration form.
LinkedIn Learning, is an online learning platform compromised of videos. To get started with LinkedIn Learning, Full-Time Faculty and Staff will first need to request a LinkedIn Learning account with the ITS Site License Office.
After obtaining a LinkedIn Learning account, click on any of the links below and Sign In. The Sign In field is located on the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
- Intro to Accessibility (Beginner Course 1h 20m)
- The importance of accessibility for users (Video 1m 38s)
- Accessibility for Web Design (Beginner course 2h 4m)
- Accessible Responsive Layout (Video 5m 48s)
- Inclusive Website Design (Video 8m 14s)
- CSS Accessibility (Video 4m 40s)
- Intro to ARIA Roles (Video 1m 50s)
- Accessibility for Web Programmers (Video 3m 5s)
- Creating Accessible Documents in Microsoft Office (All Levels Course 25m 18s)
- Using the Accessibility Checker in Word (Video 5m 49s)
- Using the Accessibility Checker in Adobe Acrobat DC (Video 3m 54s)
- Creating Accessible PDFs (Intermediate Course 4h 37m)
- Advanced Accessible PDFs (Advanced Course 2h 30m)
- Accessibility Considerations for Curriculum Development (Video 1m 12s)
- Accessibility and Inclusion in Instructional Design (Video 4m 34s)
- Accessibility Considerations for LMS (Video 4m 8s)
- Captioning Video for Accessibility (Video 6m 03s)
- Video Accessibility (Intermediate Course 2h 36m)
- Customizing Macs for Accessibility (Beginner Course 51m 47s)
- Customizing Windows for Accessibility (Beginner Course 59m 14s)
- WordPress Accessibility (Intermediate Course 1h 31m)
- EPUB Accessibility using Adobe InDesign (Intermediate Course 2h 41m)
- Android App Development Accessibility (Intermediate Course 2h 56m)
Siteimprove is a WCAG 2.0 compliancy optimization platform. As a Siteimprove account holder, UH Faculty and Staff have access to Siteimprove Frontier (formerly Siteimprove Academy).
To get started, please email email@example.com to create an account. Once your account is setup, you’ll have access to core courses, including:
- Accessibility for Virtual Classrooms (1hr)
- Disability Inclusion for the Workplace (30min)
- Fundamentals of Alt Text (30min)
- SEO Fundamentals (1hr)
- Accessibility Fundamentals for the Web (1hr)
- Web Analytics Fundamentals (1hr)
- (Si a11y) Leveraging the Accessibility Module (1hr)
- (Si a11y) Siteimprove Accessibility: Next Generation (30min)
- (Si Ads) Maximizing your Return on Ad Spend (30min)
- (Si Analytics) Using Siteimprove Analytics
- (Si Performance) Evaluating your Website Performance (30min)
- (Si Policy) Using Policies to Optimize your Website (30min)
- (Si QA) Getting the Most out of Quality Assurance (1hr)
- (Si SEO) Using Siteimprove SEO Tools
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Section 508 Training
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provides free online training resources to assist with creating, validating, and remediating accessible electronic content that conforms to the Section 508 standards. This training includes a “Trusted Tester Training Track” where you can learn about Section 508 Standards applicable to the web, how to install and use web accessibility test tools, and how to test websites and web application for Section 508 compliance. Completion of the track grants a Trusted Tester certification that is recognized by DHS.
You can learn more about the training provided by DHS by visiting the DHS Section 508 training website and can enroll in the “Trusted Test Training Track” through the DHS Training self-enrollment portal.
Web Accessibility by Google via Udacity
While the Web Accessibility by Google course is free, you will need to sign-in using the Google button at the bottom of the page. Click on the following lessons within the course to get started:
- For anyone-Lesson 1: Accessibility Overview
- For Web Content Managers and/or Web Developers
Web Accessibility via Google for Web Developers
While the Web Accessibility by Google via Udacity serves as base on accessibility, Google’s Web Accessibility for Web Developers delivers a concise treatment of accessibility principles specific to Web Developers.
Following are the links to the topics regarding accessibility for Web Developers:
- Focus: Introduction, DOM Order Matters, and Using tab index.
- Semantics Built-in: Introduction to Semantics, The Accessibility Tree, Text Alternatives for Images, and Navigating Content.
- Semantics and ARIA: Introduction to ARIA, ARIA Labels and Relationships, and Hiding and Updating Content.
- Accessible Styles
- How to do an Accessibility Review
- Accessibility for Teams
Microsoft Office Accessibility Training
Adobe Acrobat Pro DC PDF Training
Adobe’s Acrobat DC Accessibility webinar series will provide you with instructions on how to remediate PDF documents. Please register for any event on Adobe’s event website and clicking on Webinar located under Popular Tags.
The YouTube webinars are available at the following Adobe page and below: http://adobe.lookbookhq.com/acrobataccessibility
- Introduction to PDF Accessibility (Webinar)
- The Basics of Remediating an Inaccessible PDF (Webinar)
- Advanced PDF Accessibility, Complex Tables (Webinar)
- Advanced PDF Accessibility, Scanned Documents & Complex Lists (Webinar)
- Accessible PDF Forms – Adding Form Fields to a Tagged PDF (Webinar)
- Accessible PDF Forms – Adding Form Fields Before Tagging (Webinar)
Practice files and PowerPoint slides can be found here: http://go.hawaii.edu/VsG
MS Office and PDF Remediation Checklists
- Checklist for making accessible Microsoft Office and PDF documents
- Section 508’s Creating Accessible Documents Links
Universal Design Learning (UDL)
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a commonly used “framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn” (UDL, 2020). Instructors can embrace more effective and accessible course design for all learners by incorporating UDL guidelines.
Faculty presenters from across the UH system share their ideas and tips on creating an engaging learning environment and incorporating learning activities that align well with accessibility guidelines.
Poet Training Tool
The Poet Training Tool is a web based image description resource that helps people learn when and how to describe various types of images frequently found in educational books. Users of this tool have access to best practice guidelines and hands-on exercises that help cultivate skills for writing effective image descriptions for critical visual content.