There’s a Chinese proverb that says, “Tell me, I’ll forget. Show me, I may remember. But involve me, and I’ll understand.” It’s a good approach to take when you’re in charge of training people to become accessible content creators.
Since 2011, almost 300 people have graduated from Australia’s only university-accredited online accessibility course for web specialists and project managers, the Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility. Senior course lecturer Dr Scott Hollier is committed to training up as many as he can, to help build a more inclusive, more accessible web for people of all abilities.
Creating Word documents that can be read by people of all abilities is just as vital as creating accessible web content. Imagine going to a jobs 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 because the content is inaccessible.