Topic: Self-study in digital accessibility

  • Four potential audiences who would want to learn
    • content creators (ideally steered to accessible platforms - Web Express for public web content and Canvas for academic content)
    • administrators (looking to understand new requirements, need to be steered away from a focus on compliance towards empathy)
    • help staff - IT personnel who need to understand the needs of assistive technology users and deal with them in a respectful manner, but also be able to translate accessibility knowledge to faculty and staff coming with questions about content or development, likely by sending them to the right expert.
    • developers - hardest audience to satisfy because of the complexity and vastness of the subject, core goal is to at least steer them away from quick online searches to apply whatever patch they find without any understanding of the needs of the user.
  • We hope that eventually our self study curriculum will be self-sufficient; for now it consists of three parts in an increasing order of complexity:
    • Demo videos
    • Articles
    • Issues databas
  • All four audiences would need exposure to at least videos; more strategy oriented people would also need high level of understanding from the articles; finally, developers and UX architects would benefit from the database.