Web Accessibility Course

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This is a four-part virtual course:
8/14/2021 – 8/15/2021 & 8/21/2021 – 8/22/2021 from 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM PDT
Part 1 will run on August 14, 2021 from 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM PDT
Part 2 will run on August 15, 2021 from 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM PDT
Part 3 will run on August 21, 2021 from 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM PDT
Part 4 will run on August 22, 2021 from 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM PDT

Accessible design is good design. Our websites and apps provide information, allow people to purchase something, or provide access to a range of services. But the way we design and build can make it difficult — and sometimes impossible — for people with disabilities to access services and information. Equal access to digital products is the responsibility of everyone on the team. Learn the foundational concepts to help you get started making your digital designs more accessible for everyone.


  • Identify different types of disability and potential digital barriers to full accessibility
  • Understand the general principles of official accessibility principles (WCAG) and how those principles apply to the work
  • Learn easy-to-implement design guidelines
  • How to evangelize accessibility and gain allies within your company or organization
  • Gain a basic understanding of how to use screen readers
  • Learn how to perform simple automated testing of existing websites


  • Product designers
  • UI/UX Designers
  • Web Designers
  • Web Developers


  • Online class meeting synchronously for the lecture
  • Live class discussions in a small, intimate cohort
  • Hands-on exercises


AIGA Los Angeles believes that the web should be accessible for all. By learning and understanding the foundations on how to design for a more inclusive digital experience, designers can help their organizations and clients not just stay compliant with the law, but also ensure that their services and products reach all potential customers users.

Course 1: What is digital accessibility? aka Accessibility is about people

Saturday, August 14, 2021 from 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM PDT
People are diverse and everyone has abilities, and limits to those abilities. An introduction to digital accessibility and designing for various needs of people with permanent, temporary, or situational disabilities. On the first day, we will:

  • Identify different types of abilities and potential barriers experienced on the web
  • Begin to dive into the how-to’s of designing for people with various needs

Course 2: We aren’t designing for designers!

Sunday, August 15, 2021 from 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM PDT
As designers, it is our responsibility to make sure our designs are accessible to the full range of people. Learn about best practices and resources to ensure that you are designing inclusively.

Course 3: Putting it all together

Saturday, August 21, 2021 from 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM PDT
Learn how to review a website for accessibility errors from the top down. Together we will perform a typical “accessibility review” of a website. Overall we will review:

  • Screen reader basics
  • How to manually review and test a site for accessibility issues
  • Best practices for documenting issues

Course 4: Scavenger hunt

Sunday, August 22, 2021 from 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM PDT
A hands-on exercise for attendees to put into practice what they’ve learned by:

  • Reviewing a site for design and html (accessibility) errors
  • Document those issues


Our Toolkit Series is a new program of courses and workshops for creative professionals.


Dan Bivins designs, writes a little bit of front-end code, and spends time helping designers and developers create more inclusive digital products. He has worked across various industries but currently works with Ad Hoc, building digital services that help the federal government better serve it’s constituents. Outside of working, Dan has (strangely) become an avid trail runner and also is involved in a couple very different musical projects.


Members: $255
Non-Member Students: $270
Non-Members: $300

Note: A “Pay Later” option is available when selecting the PayPal Payment Method during registration.

Proceeds for this event make all of our programming possible so we may in turn fairly compensate our speakers, fund our programs & outreach, and operational costs. AIGA Los Angeles is a nearly entirely volunteer-run 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and are thankful for your continued support.

This is a virtual event using Zoom. Once you are registered, an email will be sent at 8:00 AM on Saturday, August 14, with a link to join the online event.

Accommodations for captioning and/or sign language interpreter can be provided. Please let us know at time of registration by emailing us at: administration [at] aigalosangeles.org. Zoom also offers accessibility features which can be found on their website.


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When & Where
Sat, Aug 14, 2021 - Sun, Aug 22, 2021 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM PDT