Welcome to Introduction to Web Accessibility. We are glad that you are here!

Learning Outcomes

By the time you complete the reading and learning activities here, you should be able to:

  • Create an accessibility toolkit
  • Identify key accessibility standards in Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0/2.1
  • Retrieve WCAG 2.1 supporting documents when needed
  • Employ web-based automated accessibility checkers
  • Experience barriers from the perspective of a person with a disability
  • Use a screen reader to navigate the Web
  • Understand how WCAG principles apply to web content
  • Recognize relevant accessibility guidelines, standards, and specifications, and know how to integrate these into accessibility review strategies based on international requirements

Suggested Prerequisites

There are no specific prerequisites; however, the following background knowledge will be helpful for understanding the discussions that will take place throughout:

  • The Web and familiarity with using websites
  • Basic awareness of the technologies associated with the Web (e.g., HTML, JavaScript, and CSS), though not necessarily how to use these technologies

Required Technology

You will need the following applications to complete the accompanying exercises:

  • Chrome web browser
  • ChromeVox Screen Reader (installation instructions are provided)
  • A word processing app (e.g., Microsoft Word, Open Office, Google Docs)
  • A PDF viewer (e.g., Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Required Reading

Beyond an Introduction to Web Accessibility

For those who would like to go beyond what they’ve learned here, the Chang School has created a series of books on web accessibility for different audiences:


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