Curricula on Web Accessibility:
A Framework to Build Your Own Courses

Using the Curricula

This resource provides material for teaching accessibility. You can use it to develop courses specifically on digital accessibility, or to include accessibility in other courses, such as programming and graphics design.

You can also use this resource to review existing and proposed courses.

Some example uses of this resource include:

This resource is organized in granular modules that you can combine to create light-weight or in-depth training on accessibility. It does not prescribe duration, effort, or accreditation.


This resource includes modules that cover accessibility foundations that apply broadly to everyone in IT, and modules that cover specific skills for developing, designing, and authoring accessible digital content.

The Foundation and Developer modules are available now. The Designer and Author modules will be available in 2021.

Curricula Modules

Developer Modules Designer Modules (TBD) Author Modules (TBD)
  • Navigation and Orientation
  • Layout and Structure
  • Colors, Fonts, and Graphics
  • Information Architecture
  • Forms, Instructions, and Feedback
  • Custom Widgets and Interaction
  • Headings and Structure
  • Navigational Cues
  • Alternatives for Images, Graphics, and Multimedia
  • Document accessibility
  • Tables and Data Representation
  • Form Instructions and Feedback

Structure and Terminology

Each part of these curricula (Foundation, Developer, Designer, Author) has:

Terminology specifically related to people with disabilities, assistive technologies, and adaptive strategies is provided in How People with Disabilities Use the Web.

Essentials for Teaching Accessibility

The following tips help you provide more effective courses, training, and certification programs on accessibility:

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