Flexible Training Options

Web accessibility can be intimidating and complex. We designed a training series that introduces federal law, international guidelines and accessibility checker tools to resolve web accessibility issues.

No matter which track you choose, you’ll understand when and why users need accessibility. Then you’ll dive into the “how”: making a page work properly with screen readers, and managing input focus. Finally, you’ll learn styling techniques that help users with partial vision navigate your documents easily and reliably. Some aspects of accessibility can be checked automatically, while others need to be reviewed manually.

Required Training

Beginning July 1, 2019, PDF accessibility training is required for all new and current web content contributors and owners. There are two options to complete this training requirement:

  • One onsite class hosted by CCBC’s Department of Online Learning
    • Content Formatting in Microsoft Office (ITOR 152) – Microsoft Office programs have many helpful features that make it easier for all content creators to make more accessible documents, presentations and other materials.
    • Register online »
OR
  • Two online classes hosted by Siteimprove Academy
    • Accessibility for PDFs - Learn about the accessibility guidelines you should use when creating a new document with an authoring program. Learn to use the accessibility features in Adobe Acrobat DC. Test to verify if your PDFs are accessible.
    • Accessibility for Word - Learn universal digital content design, digital accessibility, web accessibility, PDF accessibility and assistive technology to design accessible documents using Microsoft Word. 
    • Register with the Web Team »
Additional information provided below.


Siteimprove Academy Courses

As web content contributors and owners, you may participate in the courses hosted by our web accessibility monitoring system, Siteimprove. These self-paced online courses are approved to provide Continuing Accessibility Education Credits (CAECs) through the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP).

Accessibility Fundamentals for the Web

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  1. Overview: This course provides a high-level overview of general accessibility principles as well as guidelines, the disabilities that accessibility benefits, legal implications, and assistive technologies.

  2. Objectives:
    • Define accessibility and its importance
    • Navigate the legal landscape and your role
    • Recognize assistive technologies
    • Understand accessibility guidelines used around the world
  3. Estimated Length: 1 hour
  4. Modules:
    • Understand Accessibility
    • Guidelines and Legal Considerations
    • Starting Your Accessibility Program
    • Web Accessibility Fundamentals Assessment
Register with the Web Team »

Accessibility for Word

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  1. Overview: This course teaches skills you can start using today to make your Microsoft Word documents more accessible for everyone.
  2. Objectives:
    • How to find accessible Office templates
    • How to format accessible styles, lists, images, links, and tables
    • How to use the built-in Accessibility Checker
  3. Estimated Length: 30 minutes
  4. Modules: Accessibility for Word Accessibility for Word Assessment
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Accessibility for PDFs

  1. Overview: Learn about the accessibility guidelines you should use when creating a new document with an authoring program like Microsoft Word. After the PDF is generated, walk through the accessibility features in Adobe Acrobat DC. Learn some tests you can perform to verify if the PDF is accessible.
  2. Objectives:
    • Principles to apply in your original document
    • How to create a tagged PDF
    • Using Adobe Acrobat Pro to complete accessibility tagging
    • Testing the document to verify it is accessible
  3. Estimated Length: 1 hour
  4. Modules:
    • Accessible PDF Background
    • Create Documents and Convert to PDFs
    • Testing PDFs
    • Making Accessible PDFs Assessment
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Accessibility for Documents

  1. Overview: Examine how documents play a role in accessibility. This course focuses on the accessibility guidelines you should use with an authoring program like Microsoft Word, Google Docs, or Pages. Each program is slightly different in how you apply accessibility, but the principles are the same. This course is aimed at anyone that makes documents that will be posted online.
  2. Objectives:
    • Understand principles to apply in your original documents 
    • Make considerations depending on the software you use
    • Convert and test your document
  3. Estimated Length: 1 hour
  4. Modules:
    • Document Accessibility
    • Creating Accessible Content in Documents
    • Document Authoring Environments
    • Accessible Documents Assessment
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Accessibility for Excel

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  1. Overview: This course teaches skills you can start using today to make your Microsoft Excel spreadsheets more accessible for everyone.
  2. Objectives:
    • How to name and structure spreadsheets in an accessible way
    • How to make accessible tables, charts, and other spreadsheet items
    • How to use the Accessibility Checker
  3. Estimated Length: 30 minutes
  4. Modules:
    • Accessibility for Excel
    • Accessibility for Excel Assessment
Register with the Web Team »

Accessibility for Leadership

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  1. Overview: Leadership teams learn how to make accessibility a priority, foster organization-wide commitment, and establish processes that lead to a stronger, more inclusive website.
  2. Objectives:
    • Identify existing resources
    • Build a business case
    • Understand legal, regulatory, and compliance issues
    • Understand your responsibility for purchasing accessible Information and Communication Technology
    • Incorporate accessibility requirements into your agreements and verify compliance
    • Use Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates (VPAT) in your selection process
    • Understand why you might receive a complaint
    • Learn about the elements of an audit, such as automated and manual testing
    • Gain skills to develop and implement a corrective action plan and an accessibility policy
    • Define accessibility and its importance
    • Navigate the legal landscape and your role
    • Recognize assistive technologies
    • Understand accessibility guidelines used around the world
    • Understand how WCAG 2.1 adds to WCAG 2.0
    • Understand each new success criteria
    • Learn why WCAG 2.1 focuses on mobile, low vision, cognitive disabilities, and error correction
  3. Estimated Length: 4.5 hours
  4. Modules:
    • Web Accessibility Fundamentals
      • Understand Accessibility
      • Guidelines and Legal Considerations
      • Starting Your Accessibility Program
      • Web Accessibility Fundamentals Assessment
    • WCAG 2.1 - New and Improved
      • Introduction to WCAG 2.1
      • WCAG 2.1 Assessment
    • Making Accessibility a Priority in Your Organization
      • Reasons to Make Accessibility a Priority
      • Understanding Accessibility Roles
      • Review Your Digital Presence
      • Put Your Knowledge Into Action
      • Making Accessibility a Priority Assessment
    • Auditing Websites for Complaint Resolution
      • Receiving a Compliant
      • Auditing
      • Maintain Compliance
      • Auditing Websites for Complaint Resolution
    • Accessible Purchasing
      • Preparing
      • Evaluating
      • Selecting
      • Accessible Purchasing Assessment
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CCBC Courses

With approval from your supervisor, CCBC employees may participate in a variety of onsite and online digital accessibility courses.


Department of Online Learning

Training for CCBC faculty and staff
  • ITOR 152 (Content Formatting in Microsoft Office) — Microsoft Office programs have many helpful features that make it easier for all content creators to make more accessible documents, presentations and other materials. (2 hours) View the Course Training Guide (SharePoint access required) »

  • New! ​ITOR 161 (Mobile Usability Design) — Participants will discover the multi-layered aspects of mobile design, digital accessibility and universal design. In this session, participants will learn how to create content that is accessible through many apps and types of mobile devices. ​(2 hours)

  • New! ITOR 168 (Content Accessibility Clinic) - The Content Accessibility Clinic is for those in need of one-on-one assistance with specific issues/questions that need some additional guidance. If you are currently working on creating digital content that must be accessible such as a document, PDF, spreadsheet, presentation or a closed caption video the facilitator will assist in guiding you in completing the task. Note: For Blackboard and SoftChalk one-on-one assistance look for the Blackboard and SoftChalk scheduled clinics. (2 hours) Prerequisite(s): ITOR 152 (Content Formatting in Microsoft Office)
     
  • ITOR 169 (Content Formatting in Microsoft Excel) - This class focuses on common sense practices that should be used when creating accessible spreadsheets by giving you step-by-step instructions to make your Excel spreadsheets accessible to people with disabilities. (2 hours) Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel

  • ITOD 116 (Universal Design) — Regardless of individual differences, all learners have a right to quality education. In this 3-week, online course, you learn about the application of universal design and accessibility principles to the development and implementation of blended and online courses. Course topics include universal design, accessibility, assistive technologies, and learning styles. (3 weeks) 
Register Online »

A condensed version of ITOR 152 is also available during CCBC's Professional Development Conference, Teaching and Learning Conference, Winter Adjunct Conference and Fall Focus. This one-hour version includes a brief overview with one hands-on exercise.

School of Business, Technology, and Law

Training for CCBC students, faculty and staff
  • CSIT 121 (Web Standards) — Introduces common Web Standards as recommended by the World Wide Web Consortium. Topics include HTML, XHTML, CSS, XML, and WAI (Web Accessibility Initiative.) The course emphasizes the important role standards play in Web Site development. Students learn how to use these standards to create and structurally mark-up web pages. NOTE: Course offered fall, spring, and may be offered during additional sessions. (3 credits)

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School of Continuing Education

Training for CCBC students, faculty and staff
  • PCP 245 (Intermediate CSS and XHTML) — This course provides instruction on intermediate CSS and XHTML web design techniques. Topics to be covered include: document trees, cascading, CSS style rules, CSS floats, semantic markup, elastic navigation bars, drop-down menus, and accessibility design. (Ed2Go online course)

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College Communications Department

Training for CCBC faculty and staff Registration is no longer available. This workshop series was hosted in partnership with Instructional Technology.

We trained 68 web content collaborators, contributors and owners in 8 months.
Thank you for your support! The 17 training sessions were enlightening and action packed with information. This training was phased out in May 2019.

Lynda.com Tutorials

CCBC students, faculty and staff are encouraged to explore Lynda.com’s vast array of web and PDF accessibility tutorials—all free for Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford and Howard county residents. Use your library card number (bar code) and pin to login.

Creating Accessible PDFs

This course walks you through how to take an existing PDF file and remediate it for users of assistive software. You will also learn how to create accessible PDFs from scratch—one in Word and one in InDesign—with some special considerations for Excel and PowerPoint.

Additional topics include what is accessibility, the screen reader experience, setting up Adobe Acrobat DC, tagging content, adding metadata, bookmarks and alt text, controlling tags and reading order and adding hyperlinks.

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Advanced Accessible PDFs

This course covers adding advanced features to your document such as security, form fields and links, while keeping the PDF accessible and compliant. You will also learn how to work with tables and create PDF forms.

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