Accessibility, or building digital media technologies so that they can be used by people with disabilities, involves specific technological skills, critical analyses, and direct interaction with users. Too often, accessibility is left out of computer science and similar educational paths, requiring professionals to learn these skills on the job without important theoretical, legal, and interpersonal contexts.
This course offers students the opportunity to learn these skills making them better qualified for a number of development careers and grounds these practical components in theoretical and critical considerations about the meanings of access, disability, design and the ethics of technological innovation. Students will study and implement accessible designs for web pages, multimedia content, and mobile applications.
While students are not required to obtain certification, this course will prepare them to meet the standards of The International Association of Accessibility Professionals exam for the Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies.