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Deque University

 Deque University is an online training platform that focuses on digital accessibility. It offers over 30 courses covering accessibility for various platforms and digital types including web, mobile, and documents (MS Word, PDF).  SUNY procured the service university-wide and all courses in the curriculum are available to Geneseo employees free of charge. The current contract with Deque ends on 8/19/22.

Courses are self-paced and most take between 30-60 minutes to complete.  We recommend everyone consider taking the  “Accessibility Fundamentals - Disabilities, Guidelines, and Laws” as a starting point.  It provides a very good background on the concepts of accessibility. The Course Recommendations section below provides other suggestions for courses based on job roles and interests.

Accessibility skills are valuable to faculty, web page editors, and anyone who creates digital content at Geneseo. These courses are good for both establishing new skills and expanding existing ones.

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Course Recommendations Based on Role

Executive Leadership

  • Accessibility Fundamentals: Disabilities, Guidelines, and Laws
  • Accessibility Program Management

Human Resources

  • Accessibility Fundamentals: Disabilities, Guidelines, and Laws
  • Serving Customers with Disabilities
  • Disability Etiquette Basics
  • Effective Communication, Part 1: Communication in Person
  • Effective Communication, Part 2: Remote Communication

Information Technology Specialists

  • Accessibility Fundamentals: Disabilities, Guidelines, and Laws
  • Designing an Accessible User Experience
  • Semantic Structure and Navigation
  • Images, SVG, and Canvas
  • Visual Design and Colors
  • Responsive Design and Zoom
  • Multimedia, Animations, and Motion
  • Device-Independent User Input Methods
  • Form Labels, Instructions, and Validation
  • Dynamic Updates, AJAX, Single Page Apps
  • Custom JavaScript/ARIA Widgets
  • Web Accessibility Testing: Basic Methods and Tools
  • Web Accessibility Testing: Screen Readers
  • Web Accessibility Testing: WCAG Conformance Testing, Detailed Methodology

Faculty

  • Accessibility Fundamentals: Disabilities, Guidelines, and Laws
  • Basic Web and Document Accessibility for Content Contributors
  • Document Accessibility Courses as needed (Word, PDF, etc.)

Student Affairs Professionals

  • Accessibility Fundamentals: Disabilities, Guidelines, and Laws
  • Serving Customers with Disabilities
  • Disability Etiquette Basics
  • Effective Communication, Part 1: Communication in Person
  • Effective Communication, Part 2: Remote Communication
  • Basic Web and Document Accessibility for Content Contributors
  • Document Accessibility Courses as needed (Word, PDF, etc.)

Academic advisors

  • Accessibility Fundamentals: Disabilities, Guidelines, and Laws
  • Serving Customers with Disabilities
  • Disability Etiquette Basics
  • Effective Communication, Part 1: Communication in Person
  • Effective Communication, Part 2: Remote Communication
  • Basic Web and Document Accessibility for Content Contributors
  • Document Accessibility Courses as needed (Word, PDF, etc.)

Health/Wellness

  • Accessibility Fundamentals: Disabilities, Guidelines, and Laws
  • Serving Customers with Disabilities
  • Disability Etiquette Basics
  • Effective Communication, Part 1: Communication in Person
  • Effective Communication, Part 2: Remote Communication

Admissions & Enrollment

  • Accessibility Fundamentals: Disabilities, Guidelines, and Laws
  • Serving Customers with Disabilities
  • Disability Etiquette Basics
  • Effective Communication, Part 1: Communication in Person
  • Effective Communication, Part 2: Remote Communication
  • Basic Web and Document Accessibility for Content Contributors
  • Document Accessibility Courses as needed (Word, PDF, etc.)

Alumni

  • Accessibility Fundamentals: Disabilities, Guidelines, and Laws
  • Other courses as needed

Instructional Designers

  • Accessibility Fundamentals: Disabilities, Guidelines, and Laws
  • Designing an Accessible User Experience
  • Visual Design and Colors
  • Responsive Design and Zoom
  • Basic Web and Document Accessibility for Content Contributors
  • Document Accessibility Courses as needed (Word, PDF, etc.)

Diversity

  • Accessibility Fundamentals: Disabilities, Guidelines, and Laws
  • Serving Customers with Disabilities
  • Disability Etiquette Basics
  • Effective Communication, Part 1: Communication in Person
  • Effective Communication, Part 2: Remote Communication

Ombudsman

  • Accessibility Fundamentals: Disabilities, Guidelines, and Laws
  • Other courses as needed

Business office/purchasing

  • Accessibility Fundamentals: Disabilities, Guidelines, and Laws

Administrative Staff

  • Accessibility Fundamentals: Disabilities, Guidelines, and Laws

All Roles

  • Accessibility Fundamentals: Disabilities, Guidelines, and Laws

Web Developers, Advanced QA Testers

  • Accessibility Fundamentals: Disabilities, Guidelines, and Laws
  • Designing an Accessible User Experience
  • Semantic Structure and Navigation
  • Images, SVG, and Canvas
  • Visual Design and Colors
  • Responsive Design and Zoom
  • Multimedia, Animations, and Motion
  • Device-Independent User Input Methods
  • Form Labels, Instructions, and Validation
  • Dynamic Updates, AJAX, Single Page Apps
  • Custom JavaScript/ARIA Widgets
  • Web Accessibility Testing: Basic Methods and Tools
  • Web Accessibility Testing: Screen Readers
  • Web Accessibility Testing: WCAG Conformance Testing, Detailed Methodology

QA Testers (Basic)

  • Accessibility Fundamentals: Disabilities, Guidelines, and Laws
  • Web Accessibility Testing: Basic Methods and Tools
  • Web Accessibility Testing: Screen Readers
  • Web Accessibility Testing: WCAG Conformance Testing, Detailed Methodology

Designers

  • Accessibility Fundamentals: Disabilities, Guidelines, and Laws
  • Designing an Accessible User Experience
  • Visual Design and Colors
  • Responsive Design and Zoom
  • Basic Web and Document Accessibility for Content Contributors

Document Creators/Editors (Fundamentals course + any of the below as needed)

  • Accessibility Fundamentals: Disabilities, Guidelines, and Laws
  • Basic Web and Document Accessibility for Content Contributors
  • MS Word Accessibility
  • MS PowerPoint Accessibility
  • MS Excel Accessibility
  • InDesign Accessibility
  • PDF Accessibility Basic
  • PDF Accessibility Advanced
  • EPUB Accessibility

Mobile App Developers

  • Accessibility Fundamentals: Disabilities, Guidelines, and Laws
  • Designing an Accessible User Experience
  • iOS Mobile App Accessibility
  • Android Mobile App Accessibility

Program Managers

  • Accessibility Fundamentals: Disabilities, Guidelines, and Laws
  • Accessibility Program Management