Digital Accessibility as a Business Practice
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Digital Accessibility as a Business Practice

By Digital Education Strategies
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Book Description

The Challenge of Accessibility When Tim Berners-Lee created the Web, he had some very specific goals in mind. Certainly, creating a technology that allowed the sharing of information was a main part of that goal, but an interesting piece of Berners-Lee’s vision has always had to do with the human side of the Web. After all, it’s not machines that use the Web, but people. Accessibility has become a hot topic in web design, despite the fact that it has always been a part of the original vision. In a broad sense, accessibility simply means ensuring that a given page on the Web is able to be accessed. Accessibility is not about disability; rather, it’s about people getting to the shared information that the vision of the Web has made manifest. There has also been a lot said about how accessibility relates to web standards and vice versa. Realistically, accessibility relies on aspects of related web standards, but has in fact become a science, art, and practice of its own. It’s a deep specialty, and one that is highly problematic, as what might make a page accessible to one person could conceivably render it inaccessible to another.

Table of Contents
  • Cover
  • Title Page
  • Copyright
  • Table Of Contents
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Getting Started
    • Chapter 1: Getting Started
    • This Book Will Be Helpful to...
    • Getting the Most Out of this Book
    • Final Project
    • Ebook Accessibility
  • Chapter 2: Understanding the Big Picture
    • Chapter 2: Understanding the Big Picture
    • Objectives and Activities
    • The Sharp Clothing Company
    • The Business Case for Accessibility
    • AODA Background
    • Types of Disabilities and Associated Barriers
    • North American Digital Accessibility Laws and Regulations
    • Challenge Test 1
    • International Digital Accessibility Regulations
    • Activity: One-Minute Elevator Pitch
    • Chapter 2 Takeaways
  • Chapter 3: The Committee and the Champion
    • Chapter 3: The Committee and the Champion
    • Objectives and Activities
    • Identifying Key Areas and People
    • Establishing an Accessibility Committee
    • Challenge Test 2
    • Characteristics of a Digital Accessibility Champion
    • Activity: To Be or Not to Be the Accessibility Champion
    • Chapter 3 Takeaways
  • Chapter 4: Creating Digital Accessibility Culture
    • Chapter 4: Creating Digital Accessibility Culture
    • Objectives and Activities
    • Assessing an Organization's Current Digital Accessibility Status
    • Planning Possible Solutions
    • Developing a Company-Wide Strategy
    • Workshops and Training Opportunities
    • Challenge Test 3
    • Accessibility Workshop Resources
    • Developing Organization Accessibility Guidelines
    • Monitoring Adherence to Guidelines
    • Challenge Test 4
    • Other Digital Accessibility Considerations
    • Managing the Impact of Change
    • Managing Change: Kotter’s Model
    • Challenge Test 5
    • Managing Change: Lewin’s Model
    • Activity: Responding to Resistance
    • Chapter 4 Takeaways
  • Chapter 5: Procurement and Accessibility Policy
    • Chapter 5: Procurement and Accessibility Policy
    • Objectives and Activities
    • Digital Accessibility Policy
    • Procurement as Part of Digital Accessibility Policy
    • Procuring Accessible Information Technology
    • Creating an Accessibility Statement
    • Challenge Test 6
    • Stating Accessibility Requirements
    • Assessing Vendor Knowledge of Accessibility
    • Challenge Test 7
    • Accessibility Questions During Product Demonstrations
    • Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT)
    • Getting a Second Opinion
    • Contract for Accessibility
    • Working with Vendors
    • Activity: Critique Accessibility Claims
    • Chapter 5 Takeaways
  • Chapter 6: Hiring Accessibility Staff
    • Chapter 6: Hiring Accessibility Staff
    • Objectives and Activities
    • Hiring Knowledgable Staff
    • Hiring People with Disabilities
    • Accessible Web Developers
    • Web/IT Accessibility Specialist
    • Challenge Test 8
    • Accessibility Interview Questions
    • Activity: Find an IT Accessibility Professional Job Description
    • Chapter 6 Takeaways
    • Final Project
  • Book Recap
  • About the Author
  • Answer Key: Challenge Tests
  • Answer Key: Final Project
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