Accessibility for designers

An introduction to the key aspects of web accessibility and inclusive design, relevant to web designers

Why you should attend

AbilityNet's vision is a digital world accessible to all, and our training will help you build accessible products and services first time, every time. An estimated 1 in 5 people in the UK have access needs and many businesses are losing customers due to poor digital accessibility and lack of inclusive design. 
The best way to build accessible products and services is to think about it from the start of every project.
In this course you will be introduced to how designers can influence accessibility. We will introduce you to how taking an inclusive design approach can mitigate potential accessibility issues and ensure accessibility is built into your designs from day 1. We will look at how the design of colour, layout, and controls influences digital accessibility and demonstrate how to include accessibility within your documentation and requirements.
You'll still be free to use your creativity to build a great user experience, but you'll also find that many of the concepts of ‘good design’ will improve the user experience online for everyone, not only disabled people.

For a taster of what you'll learn in the course, here's a clip from a recording of the course in which Matt Fellion, Accessibility Consultant at AbilityNet, shares the requirements of text contrast for accessibility:

Who will benefit from this training?

The course is for web designers, UX specialists and anyone else who spends their time designing apps, websites and other digital services.

Level of training: Intermediate.

Get 10 training courses for the price of 8

To help you get even better value, we have a 10 for the price of 8 bundle on 2024 AbilityNet online training courses for you and your team to enjoy. 

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Book now: Thursday 20 June 2024

  • 13:00 to 14:30 BST

Please note: after purchasing a ticket you are able to reassign the ticket, if somebody different to the ticket purchaser will be attending the training.

Attendees of the live training session will receive a Certificate of Attendance to add to their professional development training portfolio.

If you're looking for training for more than 8 people on a single course, please contact us about our great value in-house training options.

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Attendees of the live training will receive a recording of the course. If you are not attending the live training you can buy an existing recording of the course on demand:

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Upskill your team so together we can create a more accessible digital world.

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Course overview

Attendees will learn accessibility topics including:

  • Responsive layouts
  • Navigation design and reading order
  • Use of colour 
  • Colour contrast for text and non-text elements
  • Icons and visual affordances
  • Designing for touch and keyboard interactions

What you will learn

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Recognise how responsive design and flexible layouts are important for accessibility.
  • Explain how your designs and styles can be more accessible by selecting accessible colour palettes and designing clear visual affordances.
  • Identify when moving and interactive content needs additional controls for accessibility.

Attendees will receive a link to a recording of the training course to watch at your leisure. 

"As a national charity, it’s vital that we reach as many people as possible. AbilityNet’s training courses are clear, modern, understandable, and supports us in reaching our goal of becoming more accessible. It is obvious that AbilityNet is driven by passion and dedication to accessibility – and that is infectious." - Ellie Lundberg, Women’s Aid
"Very insightful and informative."  
"A well delivered and well-paced webinar. Liked the polls and colourful examples." 
“I’ve found the sessions useful in bringing the range of accessibility issues to our attention, from website navigation to ensuring that images are meaningful to the visually impaired… I’d say that the training is essential for those responsible for the content of public websites.”

Meet your trainer - Matthew Fellion

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Matt is an accessibility and usability consultant at AbilityNet. His role involves providing in-depth consultancy to a wide range of organisations, including carrying out accessibility audits and usability testing. His background includes web support, and he has previously worked in libraries as well as in higher education as a lecturer specialising in British literature.

He's completed the Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies from the IAAP.  

His interests outside of work include plants and tea.

Important information 

Class size: We limit the number of people on our training courses to ensure all attendees can engage with the presenter, ask questions and have an informative experience.

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Date and time

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Thursday 20 June 2024
13:00 to 14:30 BST


Online via Zoom


  • Delivered on Zoom using its automated captions feature
  • Advanced sharing of slides if required
  • Captioned recording with transcript provided

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