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Syllabus for Barier-free Web Design

EASI is a non-profit organization, committed to the belief that students and professionals with disabilities have the same right to access information technology as everyone else.


Barrier-free Web Design

Certificate in Accessible Information Technology

Everyone who completes an EASI course will receive an EASI document of completion for that course. Those completing 5 of these courses will earn the EASI Certificate in Accessible Information Technology. USM has recognized EASI courses by issuing 15 USM CEUs to those completing 5 of these EASI courses.


Course Registration and Schedule


Schedule for 2016: feb 1, july 5, and Oct. 3

(Registration is $350 with a 20% discount for EASI Annual Members and for participants from overseas)


register from this link using check, PO or Credit card


Course Description


Web pages can be created using Universal Design principles permitting Their use by people with different browsers, different connection speeds, mobile phones, tablets, etc, and by people with disabilities using Adaptive computer technology. They can also be created in ways that Exclude many of the above users. Barrier-free Web Design will prepare you to create web pages that are visually appealing and still permit full access by users with various technologies and by those with disabilities. You will be able to look at some of the best webinars that EASI has given by experts related to the topics. Hands on activities are also included to those who consider them useful, but they are not mandatory to completing the course.

The course is based both on the Federal Access Board’s Section 508 Web standards and on the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2 which were released in Dec. 2008.

The course will not require an extensive knowledge of HTML as it assumes that designers are working in some Web authoring sofware that does the actual Web coding for the designer. Participants who are not currently using such applications can obtain demo versions of such software for the duration of the course. The course will be useful for Web designers, faculty, instructional and information designers, administrators, ADA compliance officials, librarians and anyone wanting to learn how to make their Web site conform to accessibility guidelines and standards.


Do you have trouble reading computer and software manuals? EASI will take the jargon out of Web design and out of the technical requirements for Web accessibility. Instructors are always available in email to provide individual support. Having technical information originally designed in acceptable technical language to promote clear technical requirements and to meet the needs of technicians is important, and the WCAG guidelines do an excellent job of this. EASI strives to translate this precise information for the many designers who, while making Web pages, are not real technical types. EASI will make creating accessible Web pages easier than you think!


The course is asynchronous and available in EASI's Blackboard system. Participants should plan to complete the course in a month. Those who are not able to finish will be automatically enrolled for the next course offering and have a second opportunity to complete the work.


Course Structure

After an introductory lesson, the course will follow the 4 principles and the 12 guidelines around which WCAG 2 are organized:


Read the WCAG Frequently Asked Questions Page


Week 1, Principle 1 Perceivable

Introduction to Web accessibility

Guideline 1 .1 Provide text alternatives for any non-text content so that it can be changed into other forms people need, such as large print, braille, speech, symbols or simpler language.

Guideline 1.2 Provide alternatives for time-based media.

Guideline 1.3 Create content that can be presented in different ways (for example simpler layout) without losing information or structure.

Guideline 1.4 Make it easier for users to see and hear content including separating foreground from background.


Week 2, Principle 2 Operable

Guideline 2.1 Make all functionality available from a keyboard.

Guideline 2.2 Provide users enough time to read and use content.

Guideline 2.3 Do not design content in a way that is known to cause seizures.

Guideline 2.4 Provide ways to help users navigate, find content, and determine where they are.


Week 3, Principle 3 Understandable

Guideline 3.1 Make text content readable and understandable.

Guideline 3.2 Make Web pages appear and operate in predictable ways.

Guideline 3.3 Help users avoid and correct mistakes.


Week 4, Principle 4 Robust

Guideline 4.1 Maximize compatibility with current and future user agents, including assistive technologies.

Validating and repairing Web pages

Appendix a: Reviewing Section 508 Web Standards and comparing them to WCAG 2


When registering, you can pay by credit card, check or PO. When you reach the registration site, select the course, date and payment choice.

NOTE! If, when registering, you should receive some personal email besides the automatic emails. If you do not, email ( Sometimes registrations have fallen in a black hole, and we do not want this to happen to you!

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