IADP Course Sequence Outline

The Certificate in Information Accessibility, Design and Policy (IADP) requires the completion of three 8-week courses, each of which is outlined below. To obtain the Certificate in Information Accessibility, Design and Policy, the grade in each of these two-credit courses must be a B or higher. A passing grade from the previous course is required to enroll in the next course in the sequence.

Course 1: Understanding Disability and Assistive Technology

This is the first course in the three-part Information Accessibility Design and Policy (IADP) Online Certificate Program. This course is designed to help you understand the experience of disability related to using information technologies. The course will include an overview of disability demographics, common disabilities and their impact on consuming electronic information, the use of common assistive technologies, and the legal landscape of IT accessibility. You will learn about typical operating system accessibility features, including Windows, OS X, iOS and Android mobile operating systems. The course will conclude with an opportunity for you to learn how to perform a functional accessibility evaluation of web sites and standalone applications.

Week Topic
Week 1 Disability and Information Accessibility
Week 2 Overview of Assistive Technology
Week 3 Built-in Accessibility Features for Windows and macOS
Week 4 Built-in Accessibility Features for iOS and Android
Week 5 The Legal Landscape for IT Accessibility
Week 6 WCAG 2.0
Week 7 Functional Testing
Week 8 Universal Design, Usability, and Accessible Design

Course 2: Creating and Procuring Accessible Electronic Materials

The purpose of this course is to deepen your accessibility awareness by exposing you to a broad range of accessibility concerns when creating electronic materials. This will include an examination of how people with disabilities are impacted by different technologies and electronic formats. The course will expose you to the building blocks of the web—HTML and CSS—and provide an introduction to multimedia accessibility and document formats including MS Word, PDF, and PowerPoint. You will also be invited to explore some of the more challenging areas of accessibility, like maps and emerging media-rich design trends. The course will close with a look at best practices for purchasing and vetting third-party vendors and give you the opportunity to apply techniques for conducting usability/accessibility testing for audiences with disabilities.

Week Topic
Week 1 Accessible HTML
Week 2 Accessible CSS
Week 3 MS Word and PowerPoint
Week 4 PDF
Week 5 Creating Accessible Multimedia
Week 6 Difficult Accessibility
Week 7 Purchasing and Policy
Week 8 Usability Testing

Course 3: Designing Accessible Web Resources

The purpose of this course is to help you understand how to apply usability and accessibility principles and techniques, including W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 and WAI Accessible Rich Internet Application (ARIA) techniques, to design and create highly usable and accessible web resources. You will learn how HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript interact with web browsers to make content available to assistive technologies, such as screen readers. Throughout the course, you will use assistive technologies and automated tools to understand the accessibility features of HTML5 and ARIA.

Week Topic
Week 1 Accessibility Benefits of HTML5
Week 2 Accessibility Benefits of CSS3
Week 3 Responsive Web Design
Week 4 JavaScript and Accessibility
Week 5 Applying WCAG
Week 6 ARIA
Week 7 ARIA in Design
Week 8 ARIA Widgets