Training

Training resources regarding accessible Electronic Information Resources (EIR) content are available to all HHS staff. The Introduction to EIR Accessibility course is a good starting point.

Introduction to EIR Accessibility Course

In this course, you will learn the following:

  • What accessibility is and why it's important
  • How people with disabilities access electronic information and benefit from accessibility.
  • What accessibility laws have been passed and what they require.
  • How you can make your own workplace accessible.

If you are an HHS employee and would like to receive a certificate of completion, take the Introduction to Electronic and Information Resources (EIR) Accessibility course.

Note: The above link will take you to System Training Solutions (STS) where you will need to login using your employee ID number and agency's name (HHSC or DSHS).

Microsoft Office 2013 & 2016 Online Training

MS Office 2013 & 2016 Training is available from the Governor's website. Learn how to create accessible documents using Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. The full training series Creating Accessible Microsoft Office 2013 & 2016 Documents includes 19 modules with videos, audio recordings, and text-based training (in Word and PDF formats).

This training was developed through a partnership of staff from over 15 Texas state agencies including all HHS agencies.

Basic Web Accessibility Tutorial (Self-Study)

This tutorial focuses on the basics of web accessibility, but the concepts discussed here apply to other EIR formats. This is a three-part tutorial.

  • Part 1: Introduction. This section discusses the questions: "What is accessibility?" and "Why is it important for web content?"
  • Part 2: Design and Development. This section discusses specific design and coding issues related to the accessibility of web content.
  • Part 3: Examples. This section provides actual coding examples for many of the concepts discussed in Part 2 of this tutorial.

Additional Training Opportunities

DIR + Knowbility Training

Courses on state and federal laws regarding web accessibility standards are available in Austin through vendors contracted by the Texas Department of Information Resources. Review the courses descriptions on the DIR + Knowbility websiteExternal Website.

John Slatin AccessU Accessibility Conference

Each year, Knowbility hosts two days of training by world-class accessibility experts at the John Slatin AccessU Conference. Check the AccessU websiteExternal Website for course and registration information.

The HHS Accessiblity Team presents several classes at the John Slatin AccessU Conference. Instructional materials used in those classes are available on our Accessibility Class Materials page.

Public Electronic Services On-the-Internet (PESO)

DIR sponsors regular training through the Public Electronic Services On-the-Internet (PESO) working group. Visit the PESO websiteExternal Website for more information.

Freedom Scientific

Freedom Scientific provides web-based training on JAWS, paid and free webinars, and links to more training resources on the web. Check out their websiteExternal Website for more information.

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Page Last Reviewed/Updated: September 7, 2017