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Essentials of Designing Accessible (508 Compliant) Programs and Materials
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Roughly 19 percent of the population has a disability. “Accessibility” is about making your content easy to use for everyone, from a person with a severe vision or hearing disability to a person who wears glasses to a person with a physical disability. Explore the myths and facts about making training accessible to every learner. Designing Accessible Learning Programs provides the framework to incorporate images, videos, audio, text, links, colors, and activities so that no learner is left behind. Discover design techniques for accessible content as required for programs funded by federal grants or other government funds. Make everything accessible to every learner—keep it legal, fun, and inclusive!

In this challenging and interactive program, you will explore all aspects of creating an accessible learning program that is also Section 508 compliant. Learn the law and how to evaluate your current programs for compliance, and tackle the challenge of creating accessible visuals, activities, and quizzes that engage your learners and optimize the learning process. Develop real-world solutions for visuals (images, graphics, videos, text) and audio interface (videos, interviews, music), and identify what you can and cannot do during the design process. Examine options for assessing learning, testing your system, and final implementation and integration into your learning management system. Establish a plan to complete a comprehensive review process and identify the steps to take and the tools you need to proceed confidently.

Course Information
Why You Should Attend?
  • Create e-learning programs and materials that are accessible to people with visual, auditory, and movement disabilities.
  • Evaluate your current programs for 508 compliance levels.
  • Identify multiple ways to design and assess new methods to get into compliance.
What to Expect?
  • Interactive Format: During this online workshop, you will collaborate in real time with your facilitator and classmates through interactive group discussions, polls, chats, and whiteboards design sessions.
  • Supplemental Resources: This workshop includes electronic tools and templates to help you apply what you learned.
  • Technical Requirements: Each session of the workshop is conducted in the WebEx Training Center platform with a toll-free teleconference or Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) option for the audio component. Special software is not required. You only need a standard web browser and telephone or VoIP capability to participate.
Who Should Attend?

This program is for learning professionals who want to design and deliver programs that are Section 508 compliant. If you are a learning professional developing programs for a government agency or using federal funds, this program is for you. You’ll see how to ensure that what you design or facilitate is 508 compliant and accessible to your learners.

ATD Education programs are designed primarily for learning professionals—trainers, instructional designers, and organization development practitioners—but also greatly benefit anyone within an organization who is responsible for developing others, from managers to human resources specialists.

What Will I Learn?

After this program, you will be able to:

  • Articulate the need for accessible and inclusive e-learning.
  • Utilize a checklist to evaluate 508 compliance of a current program.
  • Identify five essential instructional design strategies that ensure accessibility.
  • Recommend specific design strategies that are accessible and effective for your content.
  • Create e-learning programs that are accessible to people with visual, auditory, and movement disabilities.
How Long Is This Course?
  • Online: 3 sessions, 4.5 hours total
  • On-Site: Flexible dates & duration
Can I Earn Credit?

Earn .45 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon successfully completing this program.

What Is The Attendance Policy?

Participation in all online sessions at their originally scheduled day and time is mandatory to receive completion for the program and .45 CEUs. Participants who fulfill this attendance requirement will see their completion status reflected on their transcript in the ATD Learning Portal and will receive an email verifying their completion of the program. If you must miss a session, all sessions will be recorded and available in the Learning Portal for participants to review throughout the program.

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