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Accessibility Training & Workshops

OITA is providing general web and digital accessibility training sessions to Rutgers staff, students, and approved third-party vendors every semester and summer session. The general public is welcome to attend, but access to certain tools and resources may be restricted to members of the Rutgers community. At the end of these sessions, attendees should be able to do the following:

  • Understand policies set by Rutgers regarding web and digital accessibility.
  • Use scanning tools to test for accessibility issues on websites and documents.
  • Know how to do manual testing on sites for accessibility issues.
  • Understand common issues and how to fix them.
  • Learn how to include accessibility during early site development efforts.

Individualized and group consultations are available by request. If you are interested in a training, unable to make any of the training sessions below, or have any questions after reviewing the links of available technology, please feel free to contact us at accessibility@rutgers.edu.

Live Training Workshops

Spring 2021

Notice: Due to the precautions Rutgers is taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19, all training sessions will be held over WebEx or Zoom for the foreseeable future.

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Content Accessibility 101

Next Sessions:

  • Jan. 15, 10:00am-11:30am

We will analyze basic accessibility concepts; explore common digital accessibility issues and how to remediate them; and how to make and how to scan for accessibility in common file types, such as Word documents, PDF, etc. Attendees are also welcome to present issues found within their own work for questions and review.

This session is important for the members of Rutgers who are just being introduced to IT Accessibility and anyone who creates documents, website copy or content.

Captioning 101

Next Sessions:

  • Jan. 26, 2:00pm-3:30pm
  • Mar. 16, 10:00am-11:30am

This training will provide participants with an overview of the benefits of captioned media. More than just an accommodation for Deaf users, closed captions also improve SEO. Participants will learn of best practices to facilitate captioning workflows, useful resources, and academic standards to enhance knowledge retention.

This session is important for anyone who produces pre-recorded video or multimedia content.

Captioning 102

Next Sessions:

  • Jan. 27, 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Mar. 17, 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

This training is a follow-up to Captioning 101 and includes advanced captioning topics. Participants will learn of tools for speech recognition, live captions, and video streaming. Participants will learn of DCMP and FCC guidelines that enhance the readability of closed captions.

This session is important for anyone who coordinates live events.

Introduction to Accessibility 101

Next Sessions:

  • Feb. 3, 2:00pm-3:30pm

Participants will gain insight about accessibility in broad, including topics like types of disabilities, models of disability, and disability etiquette. This is an excellent starting point for anyone new to the world of accessibility who needs a bird’s eye view and a safe place to ask questions. 

This session is important for anyone who doesn’t already have a foundation level understanding of what accessibility is and why it’s important. 

Web Accessibility 101

Next Sessions: 

  • Feb. 10, 10:00am-11:30am
  • Apr. 15, 2:00pm-3:30pm

This training will give an overview of how to develop and design websites and mobile applications with accessibility in-mind; how to remediate and correct common web-based accessibility issues; how to avoid them in future projects; and how to scan for accessibility. Attendees are also welcome to present issues found within their own work for questions and review.

This session is important for members of web teams who create, oversee, and update overall frameworks and templates of websites.

Web Accessibility 102

Next Sessions:

  • Feb. 18, 2:00pm-3:30pm
  • Apr. 21, 10:00am-11:30am

This training builds upon the basics learned in Web Accessibility 101 to delve deeper into the accessibility of popular web design tools and elements such as a Content Management Systems (Drupal, WordPress), website navigation, carousels/sliders, modals/pop-up windows, and more.

Prerequisite for this training is Web Accessibility 101.

Accessibility and Teleconferencing

Next Sessions:

  • Feb. 25, 2:00pm-3:30pm
  • Apr. 8, 10:00am-11:30am

Teleconferencing tools provide flexibility in how people collaborate and socialize online. Join us to learn which platforms and tools can facilitate communication with a wide array of individuals, and how to allow all users to use their preferred method of communication.

This session is important for anyone using teleconferencing software like Zoom or WebEx for classes or meetings.

Introduction to Colorblindness and Low Vision

Next Sessions:

  • Mar. 2, 10:00am-11:30am

Despite the fact that colorblindness and low-vision are two of the most common sensory-related disabilities, they are frequently overlooked. Attend our training to learn how vision can impact the use of technology, how to support colorblind and low-vision students and faculty, and how to create content that is usable by people with any kind of vision disorder.

This session is important for anyone who creates visual content.

LMS Accessibility

Next Sessions:

  • Mar. 23, 10:00am-11:30am

While accessible course design always requires manual verification, several automated tools exist which can simplify the process of remediating course content. Learn to take advantage of the built-in tools that various learning management systems include.

This session is important for instructional designers, instructors, and anyone who manages an LMS.

PDF Accessibility

Next Sessions:

  • Apr. 1, 2:00pm-3:30pm

PDFs are widely recognized, used around the world, and are often considered a standard for presenting electronic versions of text. PDFs are also very rigid, which can make them tricky to navigate for users with disabilities. If you’ve ever felt a little confused about best practices, troubleshooting, or how you can tell if a PDF is accessible, you’re not alone! Join us as we talk about common problems, how to fix them, and the finer points of making PDFs accessible!

This training is important for anyone responsible for making or maintaining digital content, like PDF files.

PowerPoint Accessibility

Next Sessions:

  • Apr. 28, 2:00pm-3:30pm

Today the relevance of PowerPoint and slide show accessibility has jumped to the forefront of many educator’s minds. In this training we will explore how to develop accessible PowerPoint environments; how to optimize capacities of assistive technologies with PowerPoint presentations; and go over common examples of both good, and bad PowerPoint accessibility techniques. If you are a content developer who regularly works with PowerPoints, or simply an interested ally, please drop in and let us show you how to make equitable experiences in the PowerPoint space.

Assistive Technology Play Day

Next Sessions: 

  • Postponed, sign up for announcements

Come and spend time with us as we tell you a little bit about all the tools and gadgets people with disabilities have available to them and to get a chance to play with them yourself. Please note that due to the interaction element of this training, it is only being presented live!

This session is important for anyone curious about assistive technology and anyone responsible for QA and manual testing.

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Self-Paced Training

Deque University

To help train Rutgers web developers and those who build Rutgers websites or maintain website frameworks, self-paced training has been made available through Deque University. These courses offer web accessibility fundamentals, digital content accessibility, and how to test and remediate accessibility issues.

There are limited slots available for usage. To request a login, please fill out the Deque University Signup form.

External Resources

Universal Design Videos & Workshops

The Division for Continuing Studies (DoCS) supports Rutgers academic units University-wide in creating and delivering hybrid and fully online courses. DoCS’s Teaching & Learning with Technology office offers training workshops in Universal Design. Two of these sessions have been previously recorded, which you can watch at your own pace.