Some people believe that having an accessible website means that it’s ‘live’ and you can access it from a computer or mobile device. Others think about ramps, lifts, access maps and disabled toilets for the physical location that a website might be pointing visitors to. The truth is, being ‘accessible’ online is a whole lot more than that. And that ‘whole lot more’ is simply not clearly understood by the majority of people who build, code, design, write, or project manage websites.
Creating Word documents that can be read and understood by a diverse range of people, is just as vital as creating accessible, inclusive websites and online content. Imagine going to a recruitment website and downloading the Position Description as a Word document, or being sent it as an email attachment, only to find that you cannot access the document using your screen reader (if you are blind or vision-impaired) can’t listen to the linked podcast (if you are Deaf or hearing impaired), or simply can’t understand large sections of it because the document is full of industry jargon that is not explained.
Looking to upskill? Listen to this podcast and read the transcript about the six-week online Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility (PCWA) course. It offers graduates an internationally recognised qualification and was recently honoured by the respected Knowbility group in the USA by making their 2017 list of ‘Heroes of Accessibility’ in their ‘Educational Achievement’ category.
Listen to a recent interview where Senior PCWA Course Lecturer and global accessibility expert, Dr Scott Hollier, talks with Media Access Australia’s Philip Jenkinson about what the PCWA course covers, along with the benefits of studying it, in a fascinating podcast.