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Appendix B – Topics found particularly valuable

Appendix B – Topics found particularly valuable

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All of it was valuable
Assessing website accessibility using WCAG 2.0 requirements. 
Basic design principles for accessibility standards like color combos, text size, etc. were the most important. 
Being able to create resources to use in my classroom. 
Both the high-level thought process behind what and why of accessible design and the technical details when it comes to web development
Creating accessible online documents was very valuable to me- I do it all the time and had never given accessibility a thought before my tech course.
Creating ALT text for photos and making closed caption videos.
Creating closed captions, designing documents to be accessible, using different methods of assessment
Dealing with specific needs of all our community members in a catastrophic events.
Digital Accessibility Evaluation
Everything – accessible web design, screen readers, new technologies to enable all users to experience the internet. This course opened my eyes to topics that I had never encountered, especially as someone new to my field.
Grayscale contrast for color-blind people, links and buttons that can be tabbed through and converted to speech for people with auditory disabilities
how to accommodate to special ed students
how to adapt to others needs  how to help others learn better how to accommodate all
How to incorporate it in our curriculum 
How to integrate into a classroom. 
I found the arguments advocating for universal design to be helpful, as people ask why it’s important to me and others.
I recall a demo in class that utilized a web based video game that demonstrated how people with mental disabilities could be overwhelmed by our design decisions. The student demoing the game struggled to complete a set of tasks while her keyboard controls were changed and distractions on screen. What seemed like a simple task turned out to be a journey.   The other thing I wanted to mention is the movie When Billy Broke His Head. I know my class ranked it as the most valuable teaching moment.
I thought they were all equally important.
Implementation and accessibility 
Introduction to disability –  or the spectrum of abilities  Social constructs around disability; how to approach this as researchers( depicted through movies) Interacting with people with disability ; understanding their perspectives on how they do things Papers to understand the king of research that has been done with regards to Human computer interaction and accessibility; in the sense of assistive technology 
Learning how to use different websites/sources to allow every student to feel included. All the topics that we did had accommodations and modifications for every type of student no matter what learning abilities.
Live demonstrations, e.g. using voice commands to complete tasks Examples of accessible web design "in the wild", e.g. inspecting an element and looking at its aria tag Web resources such as a color contrast evaluator
Showing the proper markup on an HTML page.
Teaching to the edges
The areas we covered related to vulnerable populations
The course was very hands-on, featuring talks from members of the university community with disabilities and several labs which simulated disabilities such as impaired vision and impaired movement for able-bodied students. The course was focused around a client-based project: people from the Boston area with disabilities were solicited for ideas for assistive technology projects, and the students in the course who worked on the projects worked directly with the person who suggested each one by prototyping and iteratively developing the project and receiving feedback.
The first half of the course (lectures). 
The idea to design not for disabled people but with disabled people was extremely important to me
The importance of how it effects so many peoples lives
Thinking about physical design of objects, not just interfaces. Also viewing disability as a political/social issue, not a medical one
udl in course creation (this was an instructional design master’s program)
Using web accessibility tools to assess accessibility of elearning websites Heuristic evaluation for universal design
WAVE, the web accessibility evaluation tool developed by WebAIM.org, has proved extremely useful since I first learned about it in my Information Architecture course.

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