“Digital accessibility” is a broad and complex topic and it is very understandable that you might have questions about it. Over the years, AUL has developed a set of resources for varying levels of knowledge and different learning styles that could help you learn more about it.
Our goal: identify a problem and figure out how to deal with it. When using our resources, some will be a better fit based on your background knowledge and role in solving the problem. We cover three main types of resources below to help you decide the best place to start, the level you begin on may lead to other ones, and there is no rigid line between resources.
The videos are of native blind and low vision users navigating through digital content with their assistive technology of choice. If we continue the doctor’s office metaphor, the videos are the patient. The patient has the invaluable knowledge that comes from experience. They can answer questions such as: What? When? How long? etc. They don’t necessarily know how or why, but you need to learn about the human experience before you can do anything else. Currently, there are no links from the videos to any of the other two resources.
The articles cover theoretical and holistic looks at accessibility, as well as targeted instructions on how to address certain situations. The articles are focused more on the situation as a whole, not just the problem. Most of the articles contain links to videos and the database.
The database focuses more on isolated problems. It goes into great depth on the cause and approach to a solution, but it doesn’t provide much background knowledge for someone who doesn’t already have it. The person using this level of knowledge needs to have some understanding of the previous levels of knowledge, but they also might be able to handle a problem by simply applying their in-depth knowledge in a situation. Many of the issues in the database contain links to both videos and articles.