Resources to Learn and Build Accessibility Knowledge

Learning accessibility standards, techniques, and testing methodologies can seem overwhelming. You may not know where to start; you may need to refresh your skills; or you may want to find resources to share with colleagues to build accessibility expertise. Below are some of the many resources available to help you on your accessibility journey.

Accessibility Basics

There are several resources you may wish to consider for learning what accessibility is, how users with disabilities interact with content, and overall accessibility knowledge. These resources provide a solid foundation for accessibility beginners:

Accessibility Web Testing:

Trusted Tester

The Trusted Tester Web course is a free online certification available to anyone who wants to learn accessibility testing. Students are trained to apply the DHS Trusted Tester Section 508 Conformance Test Process for Web v5.0 (TTv5.0) using the approved testing tools. The test process uses a manual testing approach that aligns to the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Testing Baseline and relies on understanding WCAG 2.0 and Section 508. Although there are no prerequisites to enroll in the program, it is recommended that individuals have a basic understanding of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and ARIA.

The Trusted Tester Web Course is an enrollment-based, self-paced, online training course that provides detailed information and instructions, including practice exercises, to prepare students in testing and evaluating ICT products for WCAG 2.0 (Level A and AA), ICT Baseline, and the revised Section 508 Standards. The course provides:

  • Test tools, methods, and references;
  • Course-specific Knowledge Checks;
  • Identifying Content for each WCAG Success Criterion;
  • ‘How to Test’ and ‘Evaluation’ procedures for each WCAG success criteria;
  • PASS, FAIL, and Does Not Apply examples of each course topic;
  • Support through Questions and Answers (Q&A) Boards and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) where students can pose questions and get responses from instructors or review the FAQs to see if their question(s) have been already addressed;
  • Summary of exam results; and
  • Online and printable course resources to aid students as they go through the exams, such as the Trusted Tester Process for Web document and the AT and Service-Based User Guide.

Accessibility Standards Resource Sites

Informal learning options provide testers with a foundation for self-sufficiency in accessibility. Several common resources for testers include:

Document Training

Whether you are creating, testing, or remediating documents (Word, PDF, PowerPoint, or Excel), there are a number of resources to help answer questions, walk through test processes, and provide techniques to fix inaccessible content.

The program includes the following courses:

  • What Is Section 508 and Why Is It Important? (2 hours)
  • Authoring Accessible Microsoft Word Documents (5 hours)
  • Authoring Accessible PDF Documents (5 hours)
  • Authoring Accessible PowerPoint Documents (5 hours)
  • Authoring Accessible Excel Documents (5 hours)

New Editions created Quick Guides that provide condensed instructions for how to easily create and remediate Word documents, PDF documents, PowerPoint presentations, and Excel workbooks.

Mobile Testing

Several resources are available for native mobile application testing, in the form of test scripts, resources guides, and instructions on how to use built-in mobile assistive technology:

Hardware Testing

HP has released a HP Hardware Accessibility Testing Guide, offering a robust PDF document ensuring hardware testers approach their work from the perspective of the end user and with the understanding that user experiences vary.