Training and Accessibility Networks

The resources listed here are intended to help library staff pursue digital accessibility training and join accessibility networks that address topics specific to libraries.

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Training Resources

These resources are publicly available and can be used on demand.

Self-Paced Training

Accessibility Essentials

Self-paced training using videos and hands-on exercises.

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Accessibility Self-Paced Training

University of Washington

Publicly available training that helps the learner define accessibility and Universal Design for Learning

CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

BC Campus Accessibility Toolkit

BCcampus Open Education

Publicly available resource that supports open textbook authors in producing accessible publications.

CC BY 4.0

Digital Accessibility Basics Training Series

Portland State University

Videos with accompanying quizzes to train university digital content editors

Testing Resources

Accessibility Auditing Resources

Digital Library Federation (DLF)

Publicly available guide that provides an introductory checklist to assess software and web technologies

CC BY 4.0

Evaluating Web Accessibility Overview

W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) @w3c_wai #a11y #GAAD

Publicly available resources for assessing web accessibility, including five videos that introduce evaluation resources

CC BY 4.0

Testing for Digital Accessibility

DUX Accessibility Toolkit 

Resources that include descriptions and links to automated testing through third party browser extensions, browsers’ built-in accessibility tools and color testing, as well as tools for manual testing.

Testing Web Content for Accessibility

WebAIM reference for testing methods and tools, including testing with WAVE, checking keyboard accessibility, and tutorials on using screen readers.

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Understanding WCAG 2.2

W3C

This resource provides a detailed technical description of WCAG 2.2 guidelines and  Success Criteria used to evaluate accessibility and interpret VPATs. 

WAVE Update Blog

WebAIM report on updates made to the WAVE accessibility testing tools.

Libguide Accessibility Guides

Guides for Libguide users to assist in producing accessible content.

Libguides Style Guide [PDF]

Clark Library, University of Portland

Illinois Libguide Accessibility

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

Syracuse University Libraries Web Accessibility in Libguides [PDF]

Syracuse University

Networks

One of the most effective methods to keep informed about challenges and progress in accessibility is by communicating among colleagues across institutions.

List Servs

AccessDL Discussion List

University of Washington

Discuss with other stakeholders issues related to creating accessible distance learning courses, including policy, practice, training, and support. 

Access Text Network

Join this free network if you provide Disability Services for a post-secondary educational institution in the U.S. or Canada. This network assists in obtaining material for a student with a documented print disability.

ACRL Universal Accessibility Interest Group

Discussion forum for academic library disability service issues such as web accessibility, assistive technology, reference and instruction for users with disabilities, captioning processes. To subscribe visit the uniaccess@lists.ala.org Subscription form.

Adapt-L 

Focuses on adaptive technology and libraries. To subscribe, send a message with a blank subject line to listserv@american.edu. In the body of the message type “subscribe adapt-L Firstname Lastname.”

Axslib-l

Focuses on issues surrounding access to libraries by people with disabilities. To subscribe, send a message with a blank subject line to listserv@maelstrom.stjohns.edu. In the body of the message type “subscribe axslib Firstname Lastname.”

CAST Newsletter

Subscribe to the CAST Newsletter from the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials at CAST, published 6 times annually. This publication covers research and development, professional development, and publishing.

WAI Interest Group

A very active forum for discussion of issues relating to web accessibility. It is hosted by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the World Wide Consortium (W3C), the group responsible for the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. For more information and to subscribe, consult the WAI Interest Group Home Page.

WebAIM blog and listserv

  • https://webaim.org/blog/
    Covers updates on the WAVE web evaluation tool and reports on testing screen readers and the results in testing  the top 1,000,000 publicly discoverable web home pages when using the WAVE evaluation tool.
  • https://webaim.org/discussion/
    Includes Ask the Experts and archive of discussions.

Conferences

Accessing Higher Ground

An annual conference focusing on the implementation and benefits of accessible media and information resources in universities, businesses, and the public.

Designing for Digital

An annual conference on designing for the future of libraries. It includes accessibility in the Tools & Methods track.

NW Heat

Orbis Cascade Alliance and Northwest Academic Computing Consortium (NWACC) Accessibility Work Group

Webinars and publicly available recordings, transcripts, slides, and other resources on accessibility awareness, testing, and practices in developing accessible digital content.