Cohort Accessibility Training Program

TPGi's Cohort Accessibility Training Program is a flexible training program that allows your entire team the ability to address their knowledge gaps on their own schedule.
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An Accessibility Training Program Designed To Support Your Team

One Training Program For All

Maintain momentum on your accessibility goals by supporting your team’s need for accessibility knowledge.

Role-Based Education

Pragmatic and useful education that uses real-world examples drawn from the presenters’ accessibility backgrounds.

Training Delivered How and When You Need It

Training is offered in a flexible webinar format to support remote/distributed workforces and allow the ability to join from anywhere.

TPGi has a wealth of options for training. The Cohort Accessibility Training Program allows your team to enhance their accessibility knowledge throughout the year and on their schedule. 

You can purchase a three, six, or twelve-month training program for your team. Every class is offered four to sixteen times per year which allows for your team to revisit classes multiple times throughout the year and empowers them to pick session times that fit in their busy schedules.

  • Each training session is 90 minutes
  • Led by a TPGi accessibility expert
  • Up to 250 participants can attend EACH session
  • Every class is offered 4 to 16 times per year
  • Class content evolves as new sessions become available

Introduction to Accessibility

Is your team new to accessibility? Unsure where to begin? This module serves as an introduction to the topic of accessibility; What it is, who needs it, and we ensure it.

Topics include:

  • Overview of Accessibility
  • Types of disabilities and specific accommodations
  • Legislation and Guidelines

Recommended audience: all stakeholders

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Assistive Technology, or AT, comes in many different formats. In this session, TPGi will look at various assistive technologies used by people with disabilities.

Topics include:

  • What is AT?
  • How does AT work?
  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Operating System / Built in accessibility considerations
  • AT Demos

Recommended audience: all stakeholders

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This session provides an overview of the Section 508 regulations, and effective strategies for incorporating them into Federal agency electronic information best practices.

Topics include:

  • Accessibility laws including the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990
  • The history and timeline of Section 508
  • A comparison of the original versus revised Section 508 standards
  • DoD 8400-01 Manual overview

Recommended audience: all stakeholders

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UX and Design

This section digs into the techniques that designers employ to ensure their work is accessible.

TPGi will discuss:

  • Iconography
  • Typography
  • Color contrast
  • Color meaning
  • Visible Focus
  • Structure
  • Content and focus order
  • Navigation methods

 

Recommended audience: UX and Visual designers

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Accessibility is more effective when it’s “baked in” to the design. In this module attendees learn how to make sure our processes include all accessibility requirements.

Topics discussed are:

  • Collaboration
  • Accessible prototyping
  • User stories, scenarios and acceptance criteria
  • Process
  • Documentation

Recommended audience: UX and interaction designers

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The best way to ensure our products work for all users, is to test with real people.

In this module, TPGi will examine:

  • Types of user research
  • What to test
  • How to test
  • How to triage results

Recommended audience: UX designers, Researchers

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Content Creation & Management

TPGi will discuss the overall accessibility of various social media platforms such as:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Snapchat
  • Instagram

TPGi will also lead the group through the requirements behind multimedia, both from a content perspective and a technical one.

Topics to be covered in this walkthrough:

  • Captions
  • Audio descriptions
  • Accessible media players

Recommended audience: Content Creators, Social Media Managers

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TPGi will explain the impact each of the following has on accessibility. These are all topics that could be controlled via WYSIWYG editors on most platforms.

Topics include:

  • Images
  • Color and Contrast
  • Document structure
  • Links and Navigation
  • Plain language
  • Email

Recommended audience: Content creators

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Development

HTML elements all exist for a reason. If used correctly, these elements convey important information to assistive technologies. This module will examine semantic structure, including headings and other structural elements and how it impacts the accessibility of your work.

Topics to be covered

  • Structural elements including
    • Headings
    • Lists
    • Tables
    • Other Structural Elements
  • Logical Document Structure

Recommended audience: Developers

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This module focuses on images, how we use them, and how people interact with them.

  • Functional, Decorative, and Editorial images
  • Text alternatives
  • Icon fonts
  • Complex images
    • Charts and graphs
    • SVGs
    • HTML5 Canvas Elements

Recommended audience: Developers

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Not everyone uses a mouse. So how do we ensure that everything we do with a mouse, can also be accomplished with a keyboard? This module will discuss issues surrounding keyboard accessibility and focus control, including document source order & intended interaction order, and keyboard accessibility of controls.

Topics to be covered

  • Keyboard Accessibility Basics
  • Reachability
  • Operability
  • In-Page Navigation
  • Focus management
  • Single Page Application considerations

Recommended audience: Developers

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Unfortunately, HTML doesn’t provide us with an element for every component we commonly use. When HTML alone can’t convey the role of a component, some users might not know how to interact with it. This is when we need Accessible Rich Internet Applications, or ARIA, to help make these components understandable to assistive technologies.

This module will provide an overview and introduction to WAI-ARIA techniques as well as dynamically updating content.

Topics include:

  • What is ARIA
  • Roles, States, Properties
  • Common Components and Expected Behavior
  • Custom Components
  • Dynamic Updates

Recommended audience: Developers

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We use a lot of forms on the web. We use them in many ways including, but not limited to, allowing our users to contact us, purchase products, or to sign in to, or register for, accounts.

This session covers everything a developer will need to know to ensure your web forms are accessible.

Topics include:

  • Form fields
  • Form instructions
  • Confirmation messages
  • Error handing & error messages
  • Time limits/Timeouts
  • Loading messages and status indicators

Recommended audience: Developers

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Mobile Accessibility

In this session, TPGi will discuss basic techniques and considerations that developers can use to ensure their native Android apps are accessible.

Topics include:

  • Text Enlargement
  • Role, Name & State
  • Navigation
  • Screen titles
  • Content structure
  • Motion and device orientation

Recommended audience: Android application developers

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In this session, TPGi will discuss basic techniques and considerations that developers can use to ensure their native iOS apps are accessible.

Topics include:

  • Text Enlargement
  • Role, Name & State
  • Navigation
  • Screen titles
  • Content structure
  • Motion and device orientation

 

Recommended audience: iOS application developers

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In this session, TPGi will take a “user focused” approach to mobile accessibility testing. While showcasing the various accessibility options available on mobile devices, TPGi will discuss how to test the mobile web and native apps for accessibility.

Topics to be covered

  • iOS accessibility features
  • Android accessibility features
  • Color contrast testing for mobile devices
  • Text resize for Android and iOS
  • Mobile screen reader testing for Android and iOS
  • Keyboard testing for Android and iOS
  • How to test forms (including error handling) and other common components

Recommended audience: Mobile developers, QA Testers

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Document Accessibility

Regardless of the source or authoring tool, there are some basic fundamentals that go into creating an accessible document. This session will explore these common elements and their impact on the user, with examples from Word, PowerPoint, and InDesign.

Topics include:

  • Document structure
    • Headings, lists, tables, etc
  • Images
  • Color
  • Font styles
  • Links

Recommended audience: Content creators, Marketing, anyone involved in the document creation process

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This session provides an overview of how to remediate an inaccessible PDF.

Topics include:

  • Testing tools
  • Document properties
  • Tagging
  • Reading order
  • Images
  • Tables
  • Forms

Recommended audience: Content creators, Marketing, anyone involved in the document creation process

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QA and Testing

From who we are testing for, what we’re testing against, and what we are using to test, this session covers the fundamentals of accessibility testing from a QA perspective.

Topics include:

  • User types
  • Guidelines
  • Testing methodologies
    • Manual and Automated testing
  • Testing Tools
    • ARC Toolkit
    • Color Contrast Analyzer
  • Keyboard accessibility basics
  • Using screen readers for testing

Recommended audience: QA Testers

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With an emphasis on common web components, this module will outline how to test the accessibility of the average web site.

Topics to be covered

  • Structural elements including
    • Headings
    • Lists
    • Tables
    • Other Structural Elements
  • Logical Document Structure
    • Focus order
    • Reading order
  • Navigation

Recommended audience:QA testers, web developers, digital marketers

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Once the group is comfortable testing the basics, we move on testing more interactive elements. This session will give an overview on how to test interactive elements.

Topics include:

  • Dynamic updating content
  • Forms and error handling
  • Focus management
    • Single page apps
    • Dialogs
  • Custom controls
  • Design Patterns

Note: Web Content Fundamentals is a prerequisite.

Recommended audience: QA testers, web developers, digital marketers

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