Accessibility Training

Welcome to training programs at Accessibility Partners Canada. Our expert-led sessions are designed to empower your organization with the knowledge and skills necessary to implement and maintain accessible environments. Whether you are looking to comply with legal standards or aim to lead in inclusivity, our training programs cover all aspects needed to achieve and uphold accessibility.

Featured Training Programs

Web Accessibility Training Courses

Our web accessibility training program offers courses for all skill levels. For beginners, we have “Introduction to Web Accessibility,” a 4-week course on the basics of accessibility, WCAG guidelines, and simple fixes for common issues, and “Web Accessibility Fundamentals,” a 3-week course on the importance of accessibility, basic principles, and creating accessible content. Intermediate learners can take “Applying WCAG in Real World Projects,” a 6-week course on WCAG guidelines and real-world applications, and “Accessible Design and UX,” a 5-week course on integrating accessibility into UX design.

Advanced courses include “Advanced Accessibility Techniques for Web Developers,” an 8-week course on complex accessibility issues, ARIA roles, and advanced HTML practices, and “Web Accessibility Compliance and Testing,” a 7-week course on testing methods and compliance reporting. Specialized courses are also available, such as “Mobile Web Accessibility,” a 4-week course on the unique challenges of mobile accessibility, and “Accessibility and Legal Requirements,” a 5-week course covering global legal standards and compliance. The “Certified Professional in Web Accessibility (CPWA)” is a 12-week comprehensive program preparing participants for professional qualification in web accessibility. Each course features interactive elements like video lectures, peer discussions, and hands-on projects to ensure practical learning and real-world application.

Document Accessibility Training Courses

Our document accessibility training program includes courses for all skill levels. “Introduction to Document Accessibility” covers the basics for creating accessible documents in Word, PDF, and HTML, focusing on headings, alt text, and table structures. “Creating Accessible Office Documents” trains on accessibility across Microsoft Office apps like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, emphasizing templates and accessibility checkers.

For more advanced learners, “Advanced Techniques in PDF Accessibility” teaches creating accessible forms and complex tables, ensuring PDF/UA compliance. “WCAG for Documents” applies WCAG principles to document creation and remediation for Level AA compliance. “Accessible Multimedia and Interactive Documents” covers embedding multimedia content accessibly, including captioning and audio descriptions.

“Document Accessibility Testing and Remediation” focuses on testing and fixing accessibility issues using assistive technologies and advanced tools. “Universal Design for Document Creation” introduces Universal Design concepts for accessibility across various disabilities. These courses offer practical, hands-on learning through online tutorials, live workshops, and comprehensive resources, suitable for inclusion on the Accessibility Partners Canada website or as webinars and conferences.

Achieving AODA Compliance: A Practical Guide for Ontario Organizations

This course equips organizations in Ontario with the knowledge and skills to comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). It covers the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR), including standards for Customer Service, Information and Communications, Employment, Transportation, and Design of Public Spaces.

 

Module 1: Introduction to AODA and IASR explains the legal framework and benefits of accessibility, while Module 2: General Requirements under IASR focuses on developing accessibility policies and multi-year plans. Module 3: Information and Communications Standard covers creating accessible digital and non-digital communications, and Module 4: Employment Standard teaches accessible recruitment, hiring, and retention practices.

 

Module 5: Transportation Standard addresses accessibility in transportation services, and Module 6: Design of Public Spaces Standard covers making public spaces accessible. Module 7: Multi-Year Accessibility Planning and Reporting guides participants in creating and updating accessibility plans, and Module 8: Case Studies and Group Discussions provides real-life examples and strategies for enhancing accessibility.

 

The course includes interactive elements like case studies, group discussions, and practical exercises to ensure participants can effectively implement AODA compliance in their organizations.

Mastering BC Accessibility Compliance

The “Mastering BC Accessibility Compliance” course is designed to help organizations in British Columbia comply with the BC Accessibility Act. It includes seven comprehensive modules.

 

Module 1: Introduction to the BC Accessibility Act covers the Act’s historical context, key provisions, and comparisons with other legislations like AODA.

 

Module 2: Legal Framework and Requirements dives into detailed legal obligations, standards for accessible education, employment, service delivery, and built environments, using case studies to illustrate success and failure.

 

Module 3: Developing Accessibility Policies offers a step-by-step guide to creating and integrating robust accessibility policies, with practical exercises and communication strategies for staff training.

 

Module 4: Barrier Identification and Removal teaches tools and methodologies for identifying and eliminating physical, digital, attitudinal, and systemic barriers through accessibility audits and strategic planning.

 

Module 5: Accessibility Planning and Reporting focuses on drafting multi-year accessibility plans, compliance reporting, and engaging stakeholders, with a simulation exercise for practical experience.

 

Module 6: Building an Inclusive Culture provides strategies for raising awareness, training staff, and fostering an inclusive culture, supported by case studies and group discussions.

 

Module 7: Compliance and Best Practices covers tools, technologies, internal audits, and best practices for ongoing compliance, culminating in a mock compliance audit exercise.

 

Each module combines theoretical knowledge with practical tools, case studies, and interactive exercises to ensure effective implementation and compliance with the BC Accessibility Act.

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