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Media Access Australia, 15 June 2012
Media Access Australia, in collaboration with the University of South Australia, has developed Australia’s only university-backed web accessibility course for web professionals.
The Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility aims to support the Australian Government’s commitment to making government websites accessible as part of the National Transition Strategy (NTS) by equipping technical and managerial staff with web accessibility expertise.
After a successful pilot course in 2011, the first course ran in April this year. The six-week, online course will run again 6 August – 14 September 2012 following overwhelmingly positive reviews from attendees.
"The Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility was just what I needed to improve my performance as a web developer for a government agency. It got me up-to-date with the latest accessibility guidelines,” said Julie Grundy, Learning Media Developer, WestOne Services, Department of Training and Workforce Development.
With the deadline approaching for government websites to adopt international best practice guidelines, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, this comprehensive course will help build the expertise of government departments to meet the NTS deadlines.
“Most accessibility techniques are not complicated and are just part of good coding practice,” said Dr Scott Hollier, one of the course convenors and an expert in internet accessibility and the digital divide.
“When built into web design from the beginning, accessibility features can be simple to implement and maintain. Basic features, such as clear headings that are screen reader compatible, can enable access to a wider audience.”
The course boosts participants’ abilities to design and develop accessible websites, audit websites against the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, understand the principles of accessible web development and have a knowledge of accessibility legislation and standards compliance in Australia.
User Experience Consultant and course attendee, Gary Barber, said “The course is ideally positioned for front-end web developers, web managers and even accessibility practitioner to gain an understanding of WCAG 2.0 and the practical applications of the guidelines.”
Visit the Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility for more information about the course or to register.
Marketing Communications Manager
Media Access Australia
Phone: 02 9212 6242
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