Web Accessibility ICN Training
Date: March 3, 2003
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: All Iowa AEA ICN classrooms
The purpose of this free training was to introduce AEA and Iowa school technical people—in particular, those who design and develop websites—to making the Web accessible for people with disabilities.
Topics included the following:
- Why accessibility is important
- What accessibility is
- Efficient ways accessibility can be accomplished.
Besides these topics, other topics were addressed, based on surveys completed by interested, potential participants. Topics included
- How to use automatic checkers to test for accessibility
- How to use authoring programs to improve accessibility
- Assistive technology for Web browsing used by people with disabilities
- Accessibility is good design
- Accessibility and HTML
- Flash, Word, PDF, and other Web technologies
David Klein is the Associate Director of Technology at the Law, Health Policy & Disability Center at the University of Iowa College of Law. He has a Ph.D. in Instructional Design and Technology with emphasis on computer-assisted instruction. He has been working with computer-assisted instruction for more than twenty years, and has been developing accessible instructional software and Web-based applications since the mid-90s. He has recently completed a study on the accessibility of Iowa high school Web home pages entitled, "Electronic doors to education: study of high school website accessibility in Iowa," published in Behavioral Sciences & the Law, 21(3).
Rebecca Borg is an instructional designer/Web developer at the Law, Health Policy & Disability Center. She has completed coursework for an M.A. in Instructional Design and Technology at the University of Iowa. Specializing in accessibility, she is responsible for the design and development of websites supported by the Center.
K. "Fritz" Thompson is an instructional designer at the Law, Health Policy & Disability Center. With an M.A. in Instructional Design and Technology and an M.L.S. in Library Science from the University of Iowa, he has worked for Iowa Public Television and DT Visions developing instructional software and video since the mid-90s.