Upskill your staff with Scott’s experience, understanding and practical approach.
Dr Scott Hollier has delivered hundreds of workshops, lectures, training sessions and seminars to support consumers and ICT professionals so that people with disabilities can effectively engage with online content.
Digital accessibility – how does it apply to my organisation?
Most modern desktop computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones now contain a wealth of accessibility features out-of-the-box. This means that in most cases there’s no longer a need to purchase expensive assistive technologies specifically for people with disabilities.
However, for a person with a disability to effectively engage in online content, two critical things need to happen:
- People with disabilities need to learn how to use the accessibility features found in everyday devices; AND
- Content published online needs to comply with international accessibility standards such as the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 so that the assistive technologies work properly. This includes content such as websites, apps, documents and social media.
Further information on the accessibility features of popular products such as smartphones and tablets can be found in the Affordable Access resource, researched and created by Scott as part of an ACCAN-funded project for Media Access Australia.
Make your organisation access-ready.
If you are directly supporting people with disabilities such as in an educational institution or as a service provider, Scott can provide training to upskill your staff.
Popular training sessions include:
How people with disabilities get online; a half-day session focusing on the accessibility features in Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, Google Android and Apple iOS devices such as the iPhone and iPad. This workshop also provides a hands-on experience to use a tablet in a way similar to the experience of a person who is blind or vision impaired.
Preparing for access: a role-based approach; a half-day workshop with a focus on looking at how digital accessibility can be implemented across an organisation, ensuring that everyone understands what they need to do to make accessibility happen in their work practices.
- Policy officers – legal obligations and how to monitor access compliance
- ICT professionals – the implementation of WCAG 2.0 in a web and app context
- Content producers – selecting the best document type and ensuring its accessibility
- Marketing and communications – e-mail and social media accessibility
- Escaping the accessibility island: a full-day workshop bringing together the core concepts from the previously mentioned half-day workshops so that your staff will get the complete picture; understanding how people with disabilities use assistive technologies and how your organisation can become pro-active in providing digital access solutions to people with disabilities.
ICT professionals - add digital access to your skillset.
For ICT professionals, accessibility generally represents a small yet important part of a large web or app-based project. Dr Scott Hollier can provide hands-on training to ensure that you understand your accessibility obligations and are comfortable to incorporate the requirements into your work practices.
- WCAG 2.0 highlights; this half-day session explores how people with disabilities will engage with your content, the critical elements of WCAG 2.0 Success Criteria and an opportunity to experience your content in a variety of different ways.
- WCAG 2.0 web and apps; this one-day workshop will look at the specific requirements of the international WCAG 2.0 standard and provide specific, practical information on how you can implement it in web and app development.
- Digital accessibility: from audit to implementation; this two-day workshop provides detailed guidance on how people with disabilities use web and apps, specific practical guidance on the WCAG 2.0 standard as it relates to web and app development, auditing tools and techniques to confirm if your content is compliant and how to address issues by maximising your time when working on accessibility requirements such as captioning a video.
In addition, Scott is also the co-founder and lecturer for the Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility , a tertiary-backed online short course specifically created to support ICT professionals with their access needs. The course is run in partnership with the University of South Australia (UniSA) and Media Access Australia with several intakes of the course run each year. The course is available internationally.
If you are interested in any of these options or would like to discuss customized training, please get in touch with Scott via the Contact page.