Fundamentals: ADA & Web Accessibility

Track : Accessibility
Delivery Mode : Asynchronous Workshop
Levels : Beginner
Eligible for Online Teaching Certificate elective : Yes

Improving access to online education means, among other things, ensuring that your online course materials, teaching and learning activities, and assessments are accessible for all learners. This workshop will help you better understand the legal framework for accessibility in online education and how learners with disabilities participate in online classes. You will also explore practical application of procedures for instructional designers, instructors, developers and administrators to create ADA compliant online courses.

Note: This workshop is eligible for the OLC Accessibility Badge for participants that complete all four of our workshops on the topic of accessibility and universal design for learning. 

Learning Objectives

  • Identify types of accommodations needed for different visible and non-visible disabilities
  • Recognize how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) frames the decisions made in designing and delivering online courses.

Prerequisite: None. 

Please note: This workshop is geared towards laying a good foundation of Web accessibility for beginners. This workshop primarily covers the legal aspects, how students with various disabilities experience the Web, and a high level overview of the most important accessibility guidelines. More in-depth guidelines and tools are covered in the Designing with Accessibility in Mind workshop. If you are working towards the Accessibility badge, it is recommended that you take this workshop first before the other accessibility-related workshops.


This is an asynchronous, week-long workshop which will begin on a Monday and end on the following Sunday. The workshop will require approximately 6-8 hours of work, including reading research-based articles, viewing presentations, engaging in online discussion forums, and submitting assignments. Total length of time to completion: 7 days.

Who should attend?

  • Faculty who teach in online and blended formats
  • Instructional designers

What are the key takeaways from this workshop?

  • A better understanding of the influential laws and guidelines around Web accessibility in the United States, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Rehabilitation Act, and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)
  • A look into the challenges and barriers that students with disabilities often experience in the online learning environment, along with how common assistive technology works
  • A high level overview of the most important accessibility guidelines to focus on when creating online courses, documents, and multimedia

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Refund Policy
If you register and pay for a OLC workshop and are unable to enroll (due to personal schedule conflicts, illness, etc), we will be happy to apply your payment to another OLC workshop in the same calendar year upon your written request to No refunds will be given.