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Teaching a Class on WordPress Accessibility

| Proposal No: 1899

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  • Joe Dolson, , Accessible Web Design

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Length of Session (in hours): 1-hrFormat: Lecture Expertise Level: All Levels Type of session: Not provided

Summary of Session

Teaching a course on implementing accessibility with WordPress addresses difficult issues with technology and the nature of the user experience. Managing course expectations and providing a reasonable scope for students with disparate backgrounds was challenging, but the course experience was rewarding.


In the first trial of this course teaching the implementation of accessibility in WordPress, I attempted to cover a range of information including authoring inclusive content, testing for web accessibility, and how to customize themes and plug-ins to resolve accessibility issues. The breadth of topics meant that it was a challenge to ensure that all students in the class, regardless of their backgrounds, could be successful learning web accessibility and WordPress in a way they could immediately apply.


  1. Necessary backgrounds for WordPress development
  2. Necessary backgrounds for understanding Web Accessibility
  3. Provisions for flexibility in assignment requirements

Speaker Bio(s)

Joe Dolson

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