The resources listed here are intended to help library staff pursue digital accessibility training and join accessibility networks that address topics specific to libraries.
These resources are publicly available and can be used on demand.
- Accessibility Essentials
Self-paced training using videos and hands-on exercises. ©2020. CCC Online Network of Educators All Rights Reserved.
- Accessibility Self-Paced Training
Publicly available training that helps the learner define accessibility and Universal Design for Learning. CC BY-NC-SA 4.0. University of Washington.
- BC Campus Accessibility Toolkit
Publicly available resource that supports open textbook authors in producing accessible publications. CC BY 4.0. BCcampus Open Education.
- Digital Accessibility Basics Training Series
Videos with accompanying quizzes to train university digital content editors. Portland State University.
- Accessibility Auditing Resources
Publicly available guide that provides an introductory checklist to assess software and web technologies. CC BY 4.0. Digital Library Federation (DLF)
- Evaluating Web Accessibility Overview
Publicly available resources for assessing web accessibility, including five videos that introduce evaluation resources. CC BY 4.0. W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) @w3c_wai #a11y #GAAD
- 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.
- Understanding WCAG 2.2
This resource provides a detailed technical description of WCAG 2.2 guidelines and Success Criteria used to evaluate accessibility and interpret VPATs. W3C.
- 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]
One of the most effective methods to keep informed about challenges and progress in accessibility is by communicating among colleagues across institutions.
- AccessDL Discussion List
Discuss with other stakeholders issues related to creating accessible distance learning courses, including policy, practice, training, and support. University of Washington.
- 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.
Focuses on adaptive technology and libraries. To subscribe, send a message with a blank subject line to email@example.com. In the body of the message type “subscribe adapt-L Firstname Lastname.”
Focuses on issues surrounding access to libraries by people with disabilities. To subscribe, send a message with a blank subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
- 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.
- John Slatin AccessU
Hosted by Knowbility.org, an annual conference that facilitates a worldwide networking event for anyone engaged in digital accessibility. This conference blends asynchronous learning with live events to deliver keynote addresses, live in-person and remote sessions, hands-on accessibility workshops, and a few satellite events to be held across the country.
- NWHeat Events (Northwest Higher Education Accessibility Technology Group)
Webinars and publicly available recordings, transcripts, slides, and other resources on accessibility awareness, testing, and practices in developing accessible digital content. A joint project between Orbis Cascade Alliance and Northwest Academic Computing Consortium.