Ask an Expert – January 2020 – How to Develop Courses on Accessibility

Donna Jodhan, a woman with short dark hair and glasses, sits at a table with a laptop in front of her.

Hello everyone!

Each month I will be responding to a question chosen from a pool of some of the most commonly asked ones that I have been asked over the years and continue to be asked.

This month, I’d like to answer the following question:

How to Develop Courses on Accessibility

Before you say no or turn thumbs down on these suggestions; consider these thoughts.

You can definitely increase your revenue and reduce both your internal and external costs and here’s how.

Take it from me! I have been an accessibility awareness consultant and advisor since 1998 and I continue to help companies to increase their revenues, reduce their costs, and reach hidden consumer markets!

The thing to remember is that this is a rapidly growing field and it is being driven by legislation that more countries are enforcing in order to ensure that inclusivity is adhered to. That is, to ensure that equal access to education by everyone is a must.

Here are some basic but important tips to get you started.

  • When you develop your course, think of those students who have a special need; blind, vision impaired, deaf/blind, hard of hearing, print disabled, a learning disability, a cognitive disability, seniors, the technically shy, and there is more.
  • Be sure to include persons with disabilities when you design, develop, and test your finished product as their input will help greatly to ensure that your course can be accessed and used by persons with special needs.
  • Be very careful when choosing testers for your product as too many companies out there claim to have knowledge on how to develop courses on accessibility but in reality they do not.
  • Develop a very rigorous criteria in order to choose the right personnel to help you with your design, development, and testing.
  • It is always important to have your designers, developers, and decision makers familiarize themselves with the W3C standards along with any type of accessibility legislation to ensure that you are following the right standards and mandates in the country where you are working.

This should be a good start for you.

To contact me please send an email to!
I’m Donna J. Jodhan (sight loss coach and accessibility advisor)

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