Web Accessibility Training Courses in ADA, WCAG 2.1 & Section 508 Compliance

Web Accessibility Training Courses in ADA, WCAG 2.1 & Section 508 Compliance

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Web Accessibility Training Courses – Tailored to Your Organization

nullThe world of web accessibility is frequently changing. As new technologies are created and Internet use continues to increase, new standards and protocols are developed to ensure applications and websites are accessible for users with disabilities.

Whether you’re a top executive of an organization, or the developer of its website, you may wish to enhance your skills and experience to not only benefit your organization, but its users and visitors with disabilities as well. The disabled community consists of nearly a quarter of the U.S. population, which makes web accessibility training a crucial part of any organization’s business strategy.

How are Trainings Delivered?

Web accessibility training courses for ADA, WCAG 2.1 & Section 508 compliance are multi-dimensional and consists of content presentations and hands-on workshops. Trainings can be delivered in-person at live events or through virtual sessions. Throughout this training, the goal is to educate on how to eliminate barriers that prevent individuals with disabilities from accessing a website’s content or other digital files.

Many in the disabled community rely on the Internet to enjoy resources, connect with the world and purchase goods or services. Online barriers can prevent this portion of the population from maintaining independence and equal access to the Internet. The purpose of web accessibility training is not only ensuring user satisfaction, but to minimize risk and ensure compliance with anti-discrimination laws, such as Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Section 508 requires federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology (EIT) accessible to people with disabilities.

Types of Trainings and Content Options

At AKEA Web Solutions, we provide web accessibility training courses in ADA, WCAG 2.1 & Section 508 compliance for organizations that are interested in learning more about web accessibility concepts.

Even those who feel they are well-educated on the topic of web accessibility and are equipped to handle future hurdles, accessibility training is widely beneficial and can be provided on different levels of instruction to meet your individual professional needs and the needs of your organization.

Overview of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1)

Are you familiar with the internationally recognized standards of web accessibility, also known as Web Content Accessibility Guidelines? WCAG 2.1 is focused on four principles that require websites to be perceivable, operable, understandable and robust.

Through web accessibility training, you will gain a better understanding of each of the four principles and the ways to implement them within your own website. In addition, you will learn more about WCAG 2.1 standards and how they are implemented to ensure compliance.

Overview of Web Accessibility Tools

If you’re already familiar with the basic principles of web accessibility, you may seek out training to learn more about resources and tools that can improve website accessibility and how to use them. You may also be interested in ways to maintain professional standards, as technology evolves and websites are modified.

Through web accessibility training courses, our experts at AKEA Web Solutions will provide education and guidance to help you become more familiar with how these tools are used for maintaining those high standards, as new web content is added to your website.

Overview of Accessible Standards for PDFs

Our training will also provide you with new insight and knowledge to determine whether your digital assets such as PDFs and office documents, are accessible. Your entire digital footprint is important to consider and includes primary website content, documents and media. Confirming that no obstacles exist within them is a crucial part of web accessibility compliance.

Web Accessibility Compliance Legislation

You may also want to learn more about compliance with various legislation, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or Section 508. The ADA requires all state and local governments to ensure people with disabilities have equal access to programs, services and activities.

If your website is not accessible, not only are you preventing users with disabilities from accessing your content, but you’re also at risk of potential civil rights violations. ADA federal lawsuits regarding web accessibility are growing more frequent and the Department of Justice is actively pursuing them. Not only are is this urgent but it can costly to an organization as well.

Through our web accessibility training courses for ADA, WCAG 2.1 & Section 508 compliance, we will instruct you in ways to identify potential web accessibility issues minimizing your risk of litigation in the future.

Overview of Assistive Technology

If you are already familiar with the basics of web accessibility and the laws surrounding it but are interesting in learning more about assistive technologies, such as screen reader software, web accessibility training courses can help.

Screen reading software is a crucial component of web accessibility. This type of software runs alongside an operating system to read what is displayed on the screen. This type of assistive technology is essential to visually impaired users. If your website has barriers that prevent this assistive technology from being utilized, a visually impaired user wouldn’t be capable of accessing your content.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 3.4 million Americans, ages 40 years or older, are visually impaired or legally blind.

Without assistive technology compatibility, you may be limiting your organization’s ability to reach millions. At AKEA Web Solutions, we provide in-depth, training on ways to incorporate user-testing by individuals with disabilities, to confirm that assistive technologies are performing adequately.

Our team consists of experienced individuals with a variety of disabilities who perform testing. By doing so, they are able to pinpoint possible problems that a non-disabled tester may not uncover.

Implementing Organizational Policy to Support Web Accessibility

Through the act of incorporating and implementing web accessibility as a standard of practice in your organization, you’ll become an advocate for accessibility, which has been proven beneficial in preventing future issues and complaints from occurring.

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international community that develops protocols and guidelines to protect the long-term growth of the Internet. W3C recommends that an organizational policy should be developed to address conformance level issues, develop ongoing promotion plans to address changes over time and provide a range of training options to increase organizational awareness.

At AKEA Web Solutions, our web accessibility training plan introduces how web accessibility can become a standard practice in your organization and provides insight on ways to be confident that your web-development team (including internal and/or contracted technicians) will meet or exceed web accessibility standards in their work.

Contact AKEA to Discuss Training Options

There can be many more reasons you may seek out web accessibility training courses for ADA, WCAG 2.1 & Section 508 compliance — the considerations are endless. However, the first step to assessing which training to request is to determine what would be most beneficial to your organization.

Regardless of the topic, here at AKEA Web Solutions, our training can provide significant knowledge and expertise, leaving you ready to address accessibility in your organization and to implement a standard practice of inclusion.

Talk to our experts at (517) 940-4615 or email us at info@akeaweb.com for more information.

Web Accessibility Training for Your Organization

In order to learn as much as possible from your accessibility training, your instructor should be considered an expert in their field. When taught by an experienced professional, a true understanding of web accessibility can transform the way your organization thinks and acts going forward.

Choose the Right Partner for Training

Before signing up for training, do your research to confirm that your educator has proper qualifications, provides a wide range of services and has a history of dealing with web accessibility.

As a leader in web accessibility (WCAG) compliance, at AKEA Web Solutions, we are ready to be your trusted partner in providing meticulously planned web accessibility training courses in ADA, WCAG 2.1 & Section 508 compliance.

Our experts have over a decade of experience providing an in-depth perspective of how web accessibility affects people with disabilities first-hand. Our training can cover a multitude of web accessibility topics and factors, providing our clients with the knowledge they need in order to maintain ADA compliant websites, digital assets, mobile apps and web applications going forward. If you would like to learn more about web accessibility, contact us today.

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