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Accessibility Training & Workshops

The Office of IT Accessibility will hold accessibility workshops for web developers and content creators and provide training for assistive and instructional technologies for students, faculty, and staff.

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

Fall 2020

OITA is providing general web and digital accessibility training sessions to Rutgers staff, students, and approved third-party vendors every semester and summer session. 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.

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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Introduction to Accessibility 101

Next Sessions:

  • Sept. 10, 2020, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

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. 

Content Accessibility 101

Next Sessions:

  • Sept. 18, 2020, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Nov. 19, 2020, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

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.

Web Accessibility 101

Next Sessions: 

  • Sept. 16, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Oct. 5, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

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:

  • Nov. 12, 2020, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

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), photo galleries, website navigation, carousels/sliders, modals/pop-up windows, and more.

Prerequisites for this training are Content Accessibility 101 or Web Accessibility 101 (preferred).

Accessibility and Teleconferencing

Next Sessions:

  • Sept. 3, 2020, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

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.

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.

Audio Description

Next Sessions:

  • Oct. 12, 2020, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Audio description is a vital component of accessible video creation. However, its intricacies and development can be tedious and foreboding. In this training OITA staff will explore how to create effective audio description experiences, and highlight certain best practices to employ when creating those experiences. This training will provide a summary of the history of audio description (AD), how it is used by blind and low-vision users, and how to write and implement your own AD into multimedia.

This session is important for anyone who has an interest in producing high-quality video content for all users.

Blackboard Ally and Canvas UDOIT

Next Sessions:

  • Sept. 24, 2020, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

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.

Captioning 101

Next Sessions:

  • Oct. 29, 2020, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

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:

  • Nov. 2, 2020, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.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.

Desktop Testing

Next Sessions:

  • Nov. 5, 2020, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

We know QA is an important part of creating content and running a website or creating files, but it’s something that is often skipped. There is also common misconception that automated testing is sufficient for accessibility purposes. Join us as we tell you about commonly used assistive technologies with desktop and laptop computers, learn how to operate them, and learn how to spot common problems, how to remedy them and how to prioritize your media for testing.

This training is important for anyone who creates or maintains websites or files and anyone who performs QA on websites or common file types.

Mobile Testing

Next Sessions:

  • Dec. 8, 2020, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

“Mobile first” design is a common principle because we know that most users will view a website, application, or file on a mobile device before they view it on a laptop or desktop computer. However, mobile testing for accessibility is something that is often overlooked. In this training, we’ll show you how to prioritize your media for testing, how to find an access the built in screen reader in most smart phones, how to operated those screen readers, and how to begin testing a website or mobile application.

This training is important for anyone who creates or maintains websites and mobile applications and anyone who performs QA on websites and mobile applications.

OITA Tools and Services

Next Sessions:

  • Oct. 21, 2020, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Ever wonder what our office does aside from trainings every week? Well, you’re in luck! This training will highlight all of the different resources and initiatives our office is working on, or can work on. Additionally, if you’ve worked with our office before we would still encourage you to drop by, as we’ve unveiled some exciting new practices and iterations recently. See you there, OITA staff.

PDF Accessibility

Next Sessions:

  • Oct. 14, 2020, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

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:

  • Oct. 19, 2020, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

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.

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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.