Self-Paced Trainings

Browse on-demand trainings on accessibility topics such as content, documents, development, and testing.

Multimedia Accessibility

Media Alternatives for Video and Audio Content

In this on-demand course, you’ll learn how to ensure that multimedia, such as videos and podcasts, is accessible and inclusive to everyone. You’ll learn why captions, transcripts, and audio descriptions are essential for users with disabilities, and how they are beneficial for all users. The course also covers practical steps for implementing media alternatives, with guidance on using vendors and accessing Harvard’s discount pricing.

Approximate time to complete: 30 minutes


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Introduction to Smartphone Accessibility

Modern-day dependence on smartphones is not limited to those without disabilities. These days, iPhones and Androids offer suites of tools and features to allow anyone, anywhere to use smartphones. In this course, you'll be introduced to the most commonly used mobile accessibility tools as well as tips for testing on mobile devices. (Note: This course refers to settings and gestures in iOS 15 and Android 9.1 or higher.)

Audience: Anyone.

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Introduction to Web Accessibility for Developers

This course helps developers understand the concept of progressive enhancement. It also goes into different areas to ensure accessibility: semantic structure, non-text elements, and keyboard accessibility. Lastly, the course will touch on accessible design systems to ensure consistent and accessible experience. The course is most appropriate for Web Developers.

Audience: Developers.

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Getting Ready for WCAG 2.2

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are part of a series of web accessibility guidelines published by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the main international standards organization for the Internet. This course is a look ahead at what to expect in WCAG 2.2. Note: This course references a working draft of the guidelines, and therefore there may be changes between the draft referenced in this course and the final published guidelines.

Audience: Anyone.

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Creating Accessible WordPress Sites

WordPress is an open-source and free Web publishing application, content management system (CMS), and blogging tool built by a community of developers and contributors. This course offers guidance on how to make the WordPress site and themes you create more accessible for all users.

Audience: Designers, Developers, Testers, QA Analysts and Specialists.

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Introduction to Section 508

Course Description: This course provides an introduction to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (as amended), and how this U.S. Federal law regulates software and hardware accessibility of digital technology used by Federal Agencies. You will learn what Section 508 is, what it applies to, and what compliance to the standards looks like. You will also be introduced to Section 508 procurement vocabulary, so you can talk about Section 508 more comfortably.

Audience: Anyone.

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Authoring a VPAT

Course description: As the Demand for accessible technology grows, so does the demand for manufacturers and vendors to provide Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates (VPATs) to formally document conformance with accessibility laws and standards. A well written VPAT is a compelling competitive differentiator, showing potential buyers that you're actively evaluating and building accessibility into the products and services you deliver. In this course, you will learn everything you need to know about authoring top-notch VPATs.

Audience: Anyone.

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Introduction to Accessibility in IT Procurement

Course description: Vendor-sourced products and services make up the majority of organization Information Technology (IT), and most products and services do not meet accessibility technical standards. This course discusses the challenges and best practices for procuring accessible IT for your organization and how doing so will help you build better relationships with your vendors and customers.

Audience: Anyone.

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