Training

  1. What training is recommended for EIR providers?
  2. Where can I receive training?
  3. How much does training cost?
  4. Are there online resources for accessibility training?
  5. Are there user or special interest groups that I can join to learn more about accessibility or to ask accessibility-related questions?
  1. What training is recommended for EIR providers?
  2. EIR providers should receive the following types of training:

    • basic accessibility requirements,
    • understanding how people with disabilities use assistive technologies to access electronic and information resources, and
    • techniques for creating accessible materials in specific formats. These techniques include:
      • accessible development for web developers and web content providers,
      • PDF accessibility for providers of PDF content and
      • training in the accessibility features of Microsoft Office products for people who produce materials in those formats.

    Some EIR producers will need to receive advanced training in creating accessible forms and tables, and JavaScript accessibility. Ideally, most producers should also seek training in evaluating the materials they create for accessibility using automated tools, manual testing techniques, and assistive technologies.

  3. Where can I receive training?

    Training is available through HHS internal training, DIR, and private contractors like Knowbility.

  4. How much does training cost?

    The cost varies based upon the source and the type of training. For example, the annual accessibility conference hosted by Knowbility is $600 for two full days, and a recent seminar on accessibility hosted by the Adobe users group was free to members. Many organizations also offer discounts to the State of Texas.

  5. Are there online resources for accessibility training?

    There are many online resources for learning accessible development techniques. One of the best is WebAIM.org. Jim Thatcher, a past member of the Access Board, also offers an excellent basic accessibility course. These courses deal with web accessibility.

    Adobe offers good material on their site for learning about PDF accessibility, and there is material on the Microsoft website.

    The Texas Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities also has a free online course on Creating Accessible Microsoft Office 2013 & 2016 DocumentsExternal Website.

  6. Are there user or special interest groups that I can join to learn more about accessibility or to ask accessibility-related questions?

    There are several but here are two of the best: WebAIMExternal Website hosts a very active discussion list. KnowbilityExternal Website hosts a less active group that stays more closely focused on accessibility.

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Page Last Reviewed/Updated: May 11, 2017