Accessibility Classes, Badges, and Video Disasters

Accessibility has always been important to me. Building an inclusive web has always seemed like the right thing to do. I’ve taken some accessibility classes in the past, and this year I’ve decided to up my accessibility game. So I am taking a course from Deque University now (I’m going for the IAAP Certification). I just finished a class from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “Web Design: Web Accessibility Evaluation Basics,” and received their badge. These classes are really helping me become more of an empathetic designer and realize some of the challenges people struggle with daily, like being deaf or hard of hearing and trying to watch a presentation or video without captions.

I’ve not dealt with many videos on the web and only recently really thought about the accessibility considerations needed when working with video. Making websites inclusive is a serious subject, but this video on auto-captioning fails cracked me up; remember, always double-check the auto-captions. So now I’m in the process of redesigning my website to make it as blazing as fast and inclusive as possible. Stay tuned for some cool changes:)