Applied Accessibility for Designers

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4 Weeks

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Cohort-based Course

Get practical accessibility skills to solve real-world challenges, including WCAG compliance, assistive tech, and inclusive design.

Previously at

InVision
Wunderman Thompson
Rga
Benjamin Moore
E*TRADE

Last chance to enroll

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23

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59

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Course overview

Get comfortable with designing and advocating for accessibility

Applied Accessibility for Designers is the course I wish I had when starting my accessibility journey.


I've created a comprehensive, cohort-based course that empowers designers with the practical skills and advocacy techniques to build inclusive and accessible digital experiences. This course delves deeper into designing for accessibility, offering hands-on projects, expert-led discussions, and collaborative sessions to ensure you can effectively integrate knowledge from lessons and advocate for accessibility in your professional roles.


I'm Soren, a design leader and accessibility specialist with disabilities. I'm ready to share my tested techniques, which I've developed through personal, professional, and academic study of design and disability. We'll also dive into the deeper end advocating for accessibility with peers and decision-makers in organizations.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

1. Understand the principles and guidelines of digital accessibility.

2. Implement accessible design practices in UX design.

3. Conduct accessibility audits and usability testing.

4. Create accessible design systems and components.

5. Advocate for accessibility within their organizations.

6. Collaborate with cross-functional teams to ensure inclusive product development.

7. Stay updated on emerging trends and technologies in accessibility.


This class consists of 90-minute live lessons, a 15-minute break, an additional Q&A session (optional), and take-home assignments.

The Q&A sessions are open-ended but will likely focus on the week's lessons or assignment follow-up.

Who is this course for

01

UX Designers with an understanding of how to design a website but would like to understand the user journey and accessibility best practices

02

Product Designers who want to dig into the principles and guidelines of accessibility and want a comprehensive view of accessible design.

03

Managers of designers and cross-functional product teams are seeking to mentors and upskilling their design team in accessibility.

What you’ll get out of this course

Build Accessibility Foundations - get clear on who needs accessibility, how accessibility benefits everyone, and practice-guiding principles

Take home projects:

  • Conduct an accessibility audit of a popular website or app
  • Assistive tech practice and reflection

Apply frameworks:

  • WCAG 2.1 guidelines
  • Disability Studies
  • Models of Disability
  • best practices from lived experiences
Understand the role and limitations of documentation and design systems in accessibility

Projects:

  • Design an accessible design component, ensuring each adheres to accessibility guidelines.
  • Write product and component requirements/acceptance criteria for better accessibility documentation at the ideation stage.

Use frameworks:

  • Design systems
  • Agile
  • WCAG 2.1
Plan your personal growth using accessibility team roles and chart where you can demonstrate your skill in your current role and organizatio

Projects:

  • Create an implementation roadmap for accessibility in product development, detailing team roles.
  • Develop an advocacy plan to promote accessibility, including business case strategies and stakeholder communication.
Apply design and content guidelines to your work immediately and develop valuable soft skills for your personal growth.

Projects:

  • Research and present a lightning talk on emerging accessibility trends and technologies.

Frameworks:

  • Design Justice
  • Humanity Centered Design
  • Service Design


This course includes

13 interactive live sessions

Lifetime access to course materials

17 in-depth lessons

Direct access to instructor

10 projects to apply learnings

Guided feedback & reflection

Private community of peers

Course certificate upon completion

Maven Satisfaction Guarantee

This course is backed by Maven’s guarantee. You can receive a full refund within 14 days after the course ends, provided you meet the completion criteria in our refund policy.

Course syllabus

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  • Week 1

    Jul 26—Jul 28

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone

    Events

    • Jul

      26

      Session 1: Accessibility, disability, and assistive tech

      Fri, Jul 26, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM UTC

    • Jul

      26

      Session 1 Q&A

      Fri, Jul 26, 8:15 PM - 9:00 PM UTC

    Modules

    • Accessibility Foundations

  • Week 2

    Jul 29—Aug 4

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone

    Events

    • Jul

      31

      Session 2: Design Principles

      Wed, Jul 31, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM UTC

    • Jul

      31

      Session 2 Q&A

      Wed, Jul 31, 8:15 PM - 9:00 PM UTC

    • Aug

      2

      Session 3: User Research

      Fri, Aug 2, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM UTC

    • Aug

      2

      Session 3 Q&A

      Fri, Aug 2, 8:15 PM - 9:00 PM UTC

    Modules

    • Design Principles and Patterns

    • User Research and Testing

  • Week 3

    Aug 5—Aug 11

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone

    Events

    • Aug

      7

      Session 4: Building Accessible Design Systems

      Wed, Aug 7, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM UTC

    • Aug

      7

      Session 4 Q&A

      Wed, Aug 7, 8:15 PM - 9:00 PM UTC

    • Aug

      9

      Session 5: Practical Design Workshop

      Fri, Aug 9, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM UTC

    • Aug

      9

      Session 5 Q&A

      Fri, Aug 9, 8:15 PM - 9:00 PM UTC

    Modules

    • Accessible Products and Design Systems

  • Week 4

    Aug 12—Aug 16

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone

    Events

    • Aug

      14

      Session 6: Advocacy and Organizational Change

      Wed, Aug 14, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM UTC

    • Aug

      14

      Optional: Session 6 Q&A

      Wed, Aug 14, 8:15 PM - 9:00 PM UTC

    • Aug

      16

      Session 7: Future Trends and Reflections

      Fri, Aug 16, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM UTC

    Modules

    • Organizational Change

    • Future Trends and Reflections

Meet your instructor

Soren Hamby

Soren Hamby

As a senior design leader, Soren focuses on building inclusive systems, communities, and products, all while cultivating diverse and robust teams. Soren's passion for accessibility is evident through their involvement in various initiatives, including serving as a maintainer at The A11y Project.


Throughout their career, Soren has collaborated with renowned organizations such as Google, Waymo, Verizon, Benjamin Moore, MRM//McCann, JPMorgan, InVision, Wunderman Thompson, E*Trade, and the Department of Defense's Software Engineering Directorate. They have led numerous talks and workshops, sharing insights on product design and accessibility.


In their free time, they often indulge their creative side through crafting, fashion, collecting enamel pins, and creating weird art that glows.

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Applied Accessibility for Designers

Cohort 1

$625

Dates

July 26—Aug 16, 2024

Payment Deadline

July 21, 2024

Don't miss out! Enrollment closes in 8 days

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Course schedule

7-9 hours per week
  • Sessions: Wednesdays & Fridays

    2:30pm - 4:00pm EST

    Join us for live instruction! 3 hours of instruction a week.

  • Optional Q&A: Wednesdays & Fridays

    4:15pm - 5:00pm EST

    Feel free to hang out and chat with other students and your teacher, Soren! Ask questions about the lesson or application questions. Optional 1.5 hours per week.

  • Weekly projects

    4 hours per week

    Asynchronous projects that help you apply what you've learned and gain a deeper understanding of what you can continue to learn.

Free resource

Join the A11y Training Discord Server

Join the A11y Training Discord server, where you can connect with peers on every step of their accessibility education, from seasoned pros to the accessibility curious. Share resources, find free accessibility training events, and continue your learning journey.

Join the free community!

Learning is better with cohorts

Learning is better with cohorts

Active hands-on learning

This course builds on live workshops and hands-on projects

Interactive and project-based

You’ll be interacting with other learners through breakout rooms and project teams

Learn with a cohort of peers

Join a community of like-minded people who want to learn and grow alongside you

Frequently Asked Questions

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I work full-time, what is the expected time commitment?
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Join an upcoming cohort

Applied Accessibility for Designers

Cohort 1

$625

Dates

July 26—Aug 16, 2024

Payment Deadline

July 21, 2024

Don't miss out! Enrollment closes in 8 days

|

Bulk purchases

$625

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