DHS is offering training courses that can help you make sure that your web sites, applications, PDF documents, forms, and multimedia meet the requirements of the Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act. If you are interested in a course, please email dhs.accessibility@illinois.gov to request a class.

  1. Introduction to Web Accessibility
  2. Testing for Accessibility
  3. Testing with JAWS
  4. Building Accessible Web Sites
  5. Creating Accessible PDF Documents with Microsoft Word
  6. Repairing PDF Document Accessibility with Adobe Acrobat
  7. Creating Accessible PDF Forms with Adobe LiveCycle Designer
  8. Creating Accessible Flash Video
  9. Creating Accessible Flash Presentations with Adobe Captivate

Introduction to Web Accessibility

Overview Learn the basic what, why, and how of making web sites accessible to people with disabilities:
  • assistive technology tools used by people with disabilities.
  • legal requirements and lawsuits regarding accessibility.
  • key steps toward achieving accessibility.
Audience Managers, developers, testers, content creators - no technical experience required
Format 2-hour interactive demonstration

Testing for Accessibility

Overview Learn how to test your web sites, web applications, PDF documents, and PDF forms for accessibility. In this class, we cover the use of the Web Accessibility Quick Test Checklist and the Functional Accessibility Evaluator. This class can help you with the steps necessary to submit your site for IITAA Certification.
Audience Webmasters, web developers, testers, and quality assurance staff
Format 1/2-day hands-on lab

Testing with JAWS

Overview Learn how to test your web sites, web applications, PDF documents, and PDF forms for compatibility with the JAWS screen reader.
Audience Testers and quality assurance staff
Format 1/2-day hands-on lab

Building Accessible Web Sites

Overview Learn how to develop accessible web sites using standards-compliant HTML. In this class, we dig into the accessibility guidelines, practice accessible coding techniques, and use assistive technologies to experience the difference accessible design really makes.
Audience Webmasters, web developers
Format 2-day hands-on lab

Creating Accessible PDF Documents with Microsoft Word

Overview Learn how to create accessible PDF documents from scratch using Microsoft Word 2007.
Audience Anyone responsible for the creation of PDF documents
Format 1/2-day hands-on lab

Repairing PDF Document Accessibility with Adobe Acrobat

Overview Learn how to make PDF documents accessible using Adobe Acrobat 9.
Audience Anyone responsible for ensuring that PDF documents are accessible
Format 1/2-day hands-on lab

Creating Accessible PDF Forms with Adobe LiveCycle Designer

Overview Learn how to use the accessibility features of Adobe LiveCycle Designer 8.2 to create accessible PDF forms.
Audience Anyone responsible for the creation of fillable PDF forms
Format 1/2-day hands-on lab

Creating Accessible Flash Video

Overview Learn how to use Adobe Flash CS4 to create accessible, captioned video.
Audience Anyone responsible for the creation of on-line video
Format 1/2-day hands-on lab

Creating Accessible Flash Presentations with Adobe Captivate

Overview Learn how to use Adobe Captivate 6 to create multimedia computer-based trainings with closed captions, keyboard support, and screen reader compatibility.
Audience On-line trainers
Format 2-day hands-on lab