Websites and Digital Documents: Making Them Accessible & Why It Matters
Friday, July 12th, 2019
11:15 AM - 12:30 PM: IdeaLab
In the 21st Century, electronic information and communication technology is critical to enterprises of all sizes and purposes. This is as true for small non-profit organizations as it is for Fortune 500 companies and state and local governments. And it is also essential to understand that to have the greatest reach with that technology, it must be inclusive and accessible to all.
That is why, even though the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) does not directly address the Internet, accessible websites, or requirements for accessible digital documents/communication, covered entities are expected to ensure that the goods, services, programs, and activities they offer through their virtual facilities are as accessible to people with disabilities as they are to others.
There are not yet enforceable technical standards for website accessibility, but the World Wide Web Consortium (W3) has an ongoing initiative to develop the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) which identify success criteria for inclusive website design and content.
The purpose of this session will be to explain the underlying reasons why, in order to provide inclusive access to their programs and services, and to ensure compliance with the ADA, organizations must have accessible websites and create accessible digital communications/documents.
Bring your laptop and learn first-hand how to make your website accessible!
Learning Outcome #1
By attending this session participants will learn: 1. Why the ADA requires websites and digital documents to be accessible to people with disabilities.
Learning Outcome #2
By attending this session participants will learn: 2. The four basic principles of accessibility of web content defined by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
Learning Outcome #3
By attending this session participants will learn: 3. How to create an accessible document in Word and convert it to an accessible PDF, including adding alternative text to images.
To enhance the attendee's learning experience, we are looking for a variety of presentation styles. Please indicate your style: A workshop