Accessibility Awareness Course
Course Title: Accessibility Awareness
Course Duration: 6 Weeks (12 sessions)
Target Audience: This course is designed for individuals interested in gaining a comprehensive understanding of accessibility and inclusivity. It is suitable for students, professionals, educators, and anyone interested in creating an accessible and inclusive environment.
Course Description: This course aims to raise awareness about accessibility and inclusion in various contexts, including society, legislation, physical spaces, and education. Participants will learn about disability in society, relevant legislation, best practices for physical access, and universal design for learning. By the end of the course, participants will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to promote accessibility and inclusivity in their personal and professional lives.
Week 1: Introduction to Accessibility
- Session 1: Course Overview and Expectations
- Session 2: What is Accessibility?
- Session 3: Understanding Disability in Society
- Session 4: The Importance of Accessibility
Week 2: Disability in Legislation
- Session 5: Introduction to Disability Rights Legislation
- Session 6: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Session 7: United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
- Session 8: Other Global Accessibility Laws and Standards
Week 3: Physical Access
- Session 9: Barrier-Free Design Principles
- Session 10: Accessible Architecture and Urban Planning
- Session 11: Assistive Technologies for Physical Access
- Session 12: Field Trip to Accessible Locations (if feasible)
Week 4: Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
- Session 13: Introduction to UDL
- Session 14: The Three Principles of UDL
- Session 15: Applying UDL in Education
- Session 16: Case Studies of UDL Implementation
Week 5: Web Accessibility
- Session 17: Introduction to Web Accessibility
- Session 18: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)
- Session 19: Tools for Assessing and Improving Web Accessibility
- Session 20: Web Accessibility Best Practices
Week 6: Promoting Accessibility and Inclusion
- Session 21: Accessible Communication and Media
- Session 22: Inclusive Workplace Practices
- Session 23: Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment
- Session 24: Final Projects and Presentations
Assessment and Evaluation:
- Weekly quizzes to assess understanding of core concepts.
- Participation in group discussions and activities.
- Group project on promoting accessibility in a specific context (e.g., workplace, educational institution).
- Final presentation on the group project.
- A written reflection on the course's impact on participants' perspectives and actions regarding accessibility.
Materials and Resources:
- Course readings and handouts.
- Web accessibility evaluation tools.
- Guest speakers (e.g., individuals with disabilities, accessibility experts).
- Videos, documentaries, and case studies.
- Accessible physical spaces for practical sessions.
- Provide accommodations as needed (e.g., sign language interpreters, closed captioning).
- Encourage open discussions and questions related to accessibility.
- Foster a safe and inclusive learning environment.
- Promote empathy and understanding towards individuals with disabilities.
Course Conclusion: The Accessibility Awareness course aims to empower participants to champion accessibility and inclusivity in their personal and professional lives. By exploring disability in society, legislation, physical access, and education, participants will gain the knowledge and tools to create a more inclusive world for all.