There are four key drivers for designing inclusively:
It's good business: at least 22% of people in the UK have digital access needs. Fail to design inclusively and you’re turning away your share of £420 million each week.
It's a legal obligation: digital accessibility is a regulatory requirement and non-compliance comes at significant legal risk.
It's the right thing to do: 49% of disabled people feel excluded from society. Your digital products and services should not be part of the problem.
It improves usability for everyone: There are countless examples that prove that digital inclusion doesn’t just improve usability for disabled users; it makes life easier for everyone.
Learn with our remote training
Our accessibility training is be provided virtually and is tailored to the needs of your organisation, but here are some of the essential things we cover:
How users with accessibility needs use computers
You'll learn about the various types of user needs that affect web and computer use, the challenges that they face, and the types of software and hardware people use to perform online tasks.
What the law says about digital access
Understand how the law on disability affects your organisation, and how to make sure that you provide an inclusive experience for your visitors.
How to create inclusive digital content
Images, video, tables, and interactive content – we'll show you how to make all your digital content more inclusive.
How to use the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)
It's really overwhelming but, once you get confident and comfortable with using WCAG, it can become an indispensable tool for you.
How to check your content
Once we've worked through the basics, we'll show you how to apply what you've learned through some hands-on testing.
Who is our training good for?
We provide bespoke, private accessibility training for in-house teams.
Our in-house accessibility training is perfect for organisations who want to accelerate the capabilities of a whole team and ensure everyone is up to best-practice standard. The topics and content can be customised for your needs, and the in-house environment means you'll be able to discuss your most pressing issues as a team.
Our accessibility training is currently 100% remote and is typically run across 3 days in 2h sessions each.
Meet your trainer, James
James Sheasby Thomas remotely runs our bespoke, private training courses for in-house teams.
He started his career as a marketing and communications practitioner in the assistive software industry, helping to shape and promote innovative software for people with dyslexia. Since making the switch to software testing, he has worked alongside web development teams to ensure that web accessibility is considered at every stage of the process.
James is passionate about inclusive design and universal access, and regularly shares his accessibility knowledge at conferences and meetups. His practical and straightforward approach to digital accessibility training ensures that all parts of the organisation can understand what they need to do to make their products and services accessible to all users, regardless of ability.
What you'll learn
Different types of disabled user groups
Blind web users
Visually impaired web users
Mobility impaired web users
Deaf and hard of hearing web users
Users with reading difficulties
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and how to use them
Accessibility of tables
Use of colour
Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA)
Video and audio accessibility
Testing for accessibility
Automated testing tools
Testing with the Web Accessibility Toolbar
Accessibility action plan
What you'll need
A laptop and charger, for taking notes and trying things out
If you're using a Windows machine, then we recommend installing the free-to-use NVDA screen reader
If you're using a Mac, we'll be using the built in VoiceOver feature
For the testing element we'll be demonstrating some plugins for Chrome, so also download the WAVE extension