WAI Curricula on Web Accessibility

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Presented at 11:15am in Virtual A on Friday, November 13, 2020.



  • Daniel Montalvo, Accessibility Education and Training Specialist, W3C
  • Shadi Abou-Zahra, Accessibility Strategy and Technology Specialist, W3C

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 45 minutes
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: All Levels
  • Type of session: Pre-conference


Introduces the W3C/WAI curricula on Web accessibility, a role-based curricula to help instructors create courses on web accessibility or include accessibility in already existing courses. The opening page of the resource, and the first curriculum, Introduction to web accessibility, are published at https://www.w3.org/WAI/curricula.


This presentation introduces the Curricula on Web Accessibility, developed through the W3C Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) with support from the European Union (EU) funded WAI-Guide Project.

The objective of this effort is to provide a set of role-based curricula for web accessibility for developers, designers, content authors, managers, and testers. Resulting courses could be both in-person or on-line, for formal training or vocational settings.

Possible use scenarios include:

  • A course creator builds a course on Web accessibility.
  • Modules addressing different roles are combined to address the needs of several roles together.
  • A human Resource professional compares several course proposals and selects those that better leverage the training needs of their organizations.

The second curriculum, "Developing Accessible Content", and supporting materials on how to use these curricula, are expected to be published before Accessing Higher Ground takes place.


  1. The majority of accessibility barriers can be attributed to a lack of awareness, skills, and knowledge.
  2. Well-vetted guidance is critical in ensuring consistent, high-quality training.
  3. Skills in accessibility for different roles favors cost efficient provision of inclusive digital services

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Faculty Development & Support, Procurement, Teaching about Accessibility in Curriculum, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Daniel Montalvo

Daniel Montalvo is a Web Accessibility Education and Training Specialist at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Before joining the W3C, he has provided accessibility awareness, training, consultancy, and certification to European government institutions and to companies from the service, health-care, insurance, and education sectors, based on W3C/WAI accessibility standards and international, local and regional policies. He has also lead the accessibility team at one of the most well-known accessibility consultancy companies in Spain. He can make the most out of the accessibility field since he is both an accessibility professional and a user of assistive technologies on a daily basis, which helps him better understanding the needs of people with disabilities.

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.