Accessibility Curriculum

Title of Module: Introduction to Accessibility

High Level Overview Description: Learn what accessibility is and what it involves for the users of products and services. This course will cover the definitions of usability and accessibility, and how the two concepts intersect. Learners will also explore the wide variety of disabilities that creating accessible products covers, and the Assistive Technologies (AT) that users with disabilities interact with to reduce the barriers they find in the day to day world. Finally, the course will explore how designing accessible products has led to many mainstream innovations, as well as how accessibility is quickly becoming an established part of the world’s regulatory picture today.

Fee: No charge for IAAP members

Length of Module: Approx. 20-30 minutes

Target Audience: Anyone who is interested in learning the basics of what accessibility is and why it is important.

Primary Learning Objectives:
  • Learners will be able to define usability and accessibility.
  • Learners will be able to describe the 3 reference criteria for measuring usability.
  • Learners will be able to identify the 4 main types of disabilities.
  • Learners will be able to match an Assistive Technology to the disability it supports.
  • Learners will be able to describe an Assistive Technology and how it benefits mainstream users.
  • Learners will be able to identify several benefits of developing accessible products for a company.
  • Learners will be able to describe several ways that accessibility has proven important in the world regulatory arena.

Availability:  Access instructions for Introduction to Accessibility (members only)

Format of Materials: Phase One – PowerPoint module

How to Provide Feedback: Comments should be emailed to the IAAP Accessibility Curriculum taskforce at

The following companies provided content and expertise to help develop these training materials: Adobe, Deque Systems, IBM, Interactive Accessibility, Microsoft, Nomensa, SSB Bart Group, The Paciello Group and

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