Technical Setup for all accessibility classes.

While technologies are getting better in assisting content contributors in creating materials that are perceivable and usable by people with vision, hearing, mobility, and cognitive challenges, the tools still demand a degree of expertise to successfully produce accessible content.  This leaves hard-working staff struggling to find information and techniques to produce materials that can reach all audiences.

In this course we will take a practical look at accessibility requirements for content contributors, sample freely available testing tools to streamline the testing process, and review modern techniques for creating accessible content.  In addition, the student will receive job aids to assist in real-world application of these lessons.

Target Audience:  Webmaster, Website Content Editors, Bloggers, Marketing

Requirement:  Headphones, Android or iOS Phone

The process of procuring accessible web and document based products and services can be a daunting challenge.  Increasingly purchasers have to evaluate complicated responses that include requirements where the end result must be perceivable and usable by everyone to include those with vision, hearing, mobility and cognitive challenges. 

In this course we will review three primary areas that address these needs: 

  • Types of disabilities and impact to product development,
  • Standards encountered during the procurement process, and
  • Risk reduction techniques and contract language. 

At the end of this course the student should be able to articulate the challenges, requirements and risk mitigation strategies for purchasing accessible web-based technologies.

Course Length: 2 hours

The movement into the digital world has provided the public and private sectors with opportunities to disseminate information and services with the proverbial click of a button.  Nowhere is this more visible than in Texas government who are now producing web based content, document based content, eLearning modules, mobile apps, etc. for internal and public dissemination of information and services.  Consumers of these assets are then using a dizzying array of devices to perceive and access them. 

In this this interactive session, we will explore basic accessibility concepts that universally apply across web pages, Microsoft Word documents, PDF documents and eLearning and how these assets are perceived on various devices.  The intent of this session is to provide a foundation of understanding you can leverage as your agency builds, procures and interacts with today’s tools.  While not required, we encourage you to bring your own cellular connected device such as an iPhone, iPad or Android device.

Course Outline:

Very Brief Introduction (Why)

  • Section 508 of the Rehabilitation ACT
  • Department of Justice (DOJ), Title II

Common Constructs Break-down

  • Navigation Elements
  • Content Elements
  • Assistive Technology (AT) Perception
  • Breaking Down a Web Page

Round 1: Web Page vs. Documents

  • Common Structures
    • Navigation Elements
    • Content Elements
    • PDF, Word Commonalities
    • Assistive Technology (AT) Perception
    • Selecting the Right Experience
    • Exercise

Round 2: Desktop vs. Mobile

  • Common Structures
    • Navigation Elements
    • Content Elements
    • Platform Assistive Technologies (AT) Perception
      • Desktop
      • Tablet
      • Mobile
      • Bring Your Own Device Exercise

Round 3: The Internet of Things

Resources and Next Steps

Testing web and digital assets for accessibility is not a one-size-fits-all effort.  Each team role has a responsibility for ensuring accessibility as it relates to their area of expertise.  In this workshop, we will review testing strategies optimized for each of the following roles: UI Designer Web Developer / Quality Assurance Web Content Creator Support and Long-term Monitoring This workshop features hands-on exercises using assistive technology on both desktop and mobile devices.   

Target Audience: Accessibility Coordinators, UI Designers, Web Developers, Quality Assurance Staff, Quality Control Staff, Web Content Creators, Support Staff with Accessibility Monitoring Requirements   

Session Requirements: It will be important to have either an Android (phone or tablet) or iOS (iPad or iPhone) device.   

Registration: Registration is limited to two people per agency. If an agency would like to send additional attendees, they will be placed on a waiting list and notified by Friday, October 13th if their 

Have you ever tried to make a PDF file accessible? Yes? Then you already know how much time, effort and frustration can be involved and like most of us wish there was an easier, faster way to accomplish this task. Well, maybe there is…


The PDF Survival Guide session is just what you need. It is designed to provide students with hands-on exercises and instructions on both tools and techniques that will reduce not only your frustrations but also speed up the amount of time spent on remediation.


Students should have a basic functional understanding of how to create a PDF from Microsoft Word and a familiarity with the Adobe Acrobat DC Pro tool. 

In this course we will explore patterns and practices used to make accessible user interfaces.  This class will feature hands on exercises using both the desktop with assistive technologies and mobile devices.  You will be expected to have either an Android (phone or tablet) or iOS (iPad or iPhone) device.

This three hour virtual workshop is designed to showcase techniques that will greatly enhance accessibility by building on commonly used web development languages such as HTML and JavaScript.  Participants should have a good understanding of basic HTML syntax and understand JavaScript concepts.