Dates: September 5-30, 2016
Credits: 1.5 CEUs
Approximately 15% of the population worldwide live with some type of disability, making individuals with disabilities an important and often underserved constituency for libraries. Despite this, many libraries overlook simple and affordable measures that could improve their accessibility.
In this course, you will learn concrete techniques for improving your library’s accessibility for individuals with a wide range of disabilities. You will learn the meaning of accessibility and universal design and how these apply in a library setting through a combination of readings, hands-on exercises, online discussions, and demonstration videos. Students who complete the assignments will have concrete ideas for integrating accessibility and universal design principles into library workflows.
This four-week course will cover techniques and tools for testing website accessibility, improving the accessibility of online media content, and making your library more inviting and inclusive for individuals with disabilities, with a particular focus on free tools. The class will primarily cover online accessibility, but will also devote time to how these principles can be applied to physical spaces within your library. Participants who are currently working in libraries will leave the course with documents and resources that they can take back to their workplace.
At the end of this course, students will be able to:
- Define accessibility and universal design
- Integrate accessibility and universal design into workflows at their libraries
- Evaluate and improve online accessibility
- Identify tools that can be used for testing website accessibility
- Write an accessibility policy
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