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

Course Dates and Registration

We are currently offering Virtual Classroom training only. 

The in person training begins at 9.00am and finishes at 4.30pm. 

From the list of locations below, click the date of the course you wish to attend. You will be redirected to an online registration page, which will provide venue details. Payment can be made online using a credit card (we will email you a tax receipt), or select ‘invoice’ to be invoiced directly from Vision Australia.

All Locations: To be advised. 

Please email digitalaccess@visionaustralia.org to be added to our waiting list for in-person training. 

We also send out regular training updates through the Digital Access newsletter.

Cost and Inclusions

We are currently offering Virtual Classroom training only.

Course Enquiries

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