WAI Curricula: Build Your Own Accessibility Courses

Handouts Media

Scheduled at 3:15pm (50 min) in Westminster III on Thursday, November 21 (2019).



  • Shadi Abou-Zahra, Accessibility Strategy and Technology Specialist, World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: All Levels
  • Type of session: General Conference


Learn about open curricula that are freely available from the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), to help you build your own courses and presentations on web accessibility.


The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is developing a set of open and freely available curricula. These help lecturers in formal education settings and trainers in consulting settings to develop quality courses on web accessibility. The curricula are role-based, to address different audiences including web designers, developers, quality assurance testers, project managers and team leaders, and others involved in the production and maintenance process of websites. This lecture will introduce this work from the W3C Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG), and how it can be used to provide courses and training. The lecture will also provide feedback and input into future curricula, and invite participation in the open W3C process to help improve this resource.


  1. W3C/WAI provides curricula to help lecturers, trainers, and consultants to build courses on web accessibility
  2. These freely available curricula make it easier for people to develop courses, and leverages course quality
  3. W3C/WAI invites active participation and contribution to the international development of these open curricula

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Teaching about Accessibility in Curriculum, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Shadi Abou-Zahra

Shadi Abou-Zahra works with the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) as the Accessibility Strategy and Technology Specialist. He coordinates accessibility priorities in the W3C Strategy team, as well as international promotion, coordination, and harmonization of web accessibility standards. Shadi also maintains WAI liaisons with key stakeholders including disability, research, and standards organizations, as well as coordinates WAI outreach in Europe, accessibility evaluation techniques, and European-funded projects on accessibility.