Web accessibility techniques and testing

Renowned for its comprehensive approach to technical accessibility and inclusive design principles, this highly popular course will benefit anyone involved in the design, development or maintenance of websites.

You’ll learn how to test for accessibility issues within a website or web application and practical techniques to resolve them. We’ll demonstrate design and code solutions you can implement to achieve WCAG 2.1 Level AA conformance, as well as usability and accessibility best practices gathered through our own research and user testing across various disability groups.

This course is in alignment with the Australian Government’s Digital Service Standard.

Participant Comments

  • A great workshop that covered WCAG technical compliance and real user issues – it will definitely help me practice and monitor web accessibility. (Mark, Victorian Government)
  • A precise, well-presented training session. I feel confident that I've increased my skills and knowledge so that I can implement changes to our website. (Sarah, TAFE Western)
  • Makes a tricky, technical area seem possible to tackle, with common sense approaches and practical tips. (Emma, NPS MedicineWise)
  • I really liked that although it is quite a technical subject, it was delivered in a non-technical, understandable format. (Greg, ACT Government)
  • Really great, informative content — I highly recommend. The trainer was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining, too! (Zoe, University of Southern Queensland)

Course Content

Designed for maximum engagement and flexible delivery, learning exercises and examples are provided and questions encouraged in this lecture-style presentation. Those with a basic working knowledge of HTML and CSS will gain the most from this course.

  1. Background to accessibility:
    • WCAG 2.1 principles and structure
    • Legal requirements in Australia
    • How people with disabilities access the web
  2. Techniques for desktop, mobile and responsive design (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, HTML5, ARIA):
    • Images
    • Geospatial information 
    • Forms
    • Visual design
    • Multimedia
    • Page structure
    • Mobile sites and apps
    • Navigation
    • Language 
    • Data tables
    • Scripting
    • HTML validation
  3. Testing tools and approaches

Course Materials

In addition to printed course notes, you’ll gain access to a custom-built website to practice your skills after the course. Designed by our experts as a self-assessment resource, the site can be used to:

  • Practice identifying accessibility and inclusive design issues
  • Develop your code inspection skills in HTML, CSS and JavaScript
  • Practice using testing tools demonstrated during the course
  • Evaluate your success by comparing your results with those we supply

2020 Course Dates

As of  April, 2020, our public training courses are going ahead after September this year. We will provide further updates regarding any changes.

Please visit our online training page for further details regarding dates and times.

Dates: TBA

Cost and Inclusions

Prices listed are per person, including GST. Catering is provided.

  • Early bird (registrations confirmed more than 21 days prior): $715
  • Group rate (registrations for 4 people or more): $715
  • Full price: $795

Course Enquiries

Phone: 1300 367 055
Email: digitalaccess@visionaustralia.org