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Foundations of Accessibility

3 credits


Full course description

This course is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of accessibility, starting with an introduction to the core concepts. We will explore the relationship between accessibility, usability, and universal design, emphasizing the importance of creating environments that are not only accessible but also user-friendly and inclusive for all. Additionally, we will delve into the distinction between universal design and universal design for learning, highlighting their respective approaches and applications.


A key aspect of fostering inclusivity is using respectful and inclusive language. We will discuss the significance of employing appropriate terminology and avoiding stigmatizing language when addressing disabilities. By promoting respectful communication, we can create a more inclusive society.


Legal considerations related to accessibility are vital for ensuring compliance and equal opportunities. We will examine the legal frameworks and regulations that govern accessibility, equipping you with the knowledge to navigate these requirements effectively.


Understanding the diverse range of disabilities is fundamental to designing accessible experiences. Throughout the course, we will explore different disabilities, including visual, auditory, cognitive, motor, and motion sensitivity impairments. By gaining insight into the challenges individuals face with these disabilities, we can tailor our designs to accommodate their unique needs.


Assistive technology plays a crucial role in enhancing accessibility. We will explore various assistive technologies like screen readers, captioning tools, alternative input devices, and more. Understanding the capabilities and limitations of these technologies will enable you to create more inclusive digital experiences.


Lastly, we will focus on the practical aspect of the course: creating more accessible materials. You will learn specific techniques and strategies to make your content, documents, websites, and applications accessible to a broader audience. By implementing best practices and utilizing accessible design principles, you can ensure that your creations reach and engage a wider range of users.


By the end of this course, you will have a solid foundation in accessibility principles and practices. You will have the knowledge and tools to create more inclusive experiences and contribute to a more accessible world. 

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