Accessibility for designers

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

Date and time

  • Thursday 30 January 2020 - 13:00 to 14:30 GMT

Please note, the date for this course has now passed - but you can join the waiting list below and we will keep you updated when the training is repeated in the near future.


  • Online - this course is delivered via the Zoom platform


  • The course will be delivered with live captions
  • We can share slides in advance if required
  • A captioned recording with transcript will be shared with attendees after the live event

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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 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.

We'll show you some of the most common reasons that any design will fail an accessibility test - such as colour contrast - so that you understand the core concepts. Small changes can be made from the very start of the design process, building in accessible options for colour and layout which will be embedded in the design for the rest of the project. That's much easier and cheaper to deliver than having to return to the design process just before launch.

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 for everyone, not only disabled people.

Who is this training for

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

What will be covered

Attendees will learn accessibility topics including:

  • Use of colour and colour contrast
  • Use of graphical text
  • Scalable layouts
  • Navigation design
  • Icons
  • Legibility
  • Designing for mobile

Persona Spectrum diagram illustration showing figures underneath headers Permanent, Temporary and SituationalA taster of a topic covered during the course: Persona Spectrum

The Microsoft Inclusive Design Toolkit highlights the "Persona Spectrum" tool: noting that a disability can be temporary, like a broken arm, or situational, such as a noisy environment. Recognising this helps designers learn that digital exclusion is not limited to users with permanent disabilities, so they can ensure their designs can reach more people and in new ways.

The persona spectrum aims to guide designers on how to effectively incorporate inclusive design from the beginning, and develop an “accessibility first” mindset that avoids uncovering costly accessibility issues at the end of the development cycle.

Download a Powerpoint slide explaining the Persona Spectrum

Download a PDF of the Persona Spectrum

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

What to bring 

  • You will need a good internet connection, access to a laptop or desktop computer and to be able to open/use the Zoom platform without restrictions on your device

Why train with us?

97% of attendees rated our webinars and training ‘Excellent' or ’Good’ in 2019

“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 our trainers

Profile photo of Joe Chidzik, smiling facing the camera

Joe Chidzik is an Accessibility and Usability Consultant with over 15 years of experience. He is a Certified Professional in Web Accessibility (CPWA) with the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) meaning he has successfully passed both the Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) and the Web Accessibility Specialist (WAS) exams.

Joe manages a small team of accessibility consultants in delivering accessibility consultancy ranging from technical audits and user tests, through to ongoing involvement in accessibility of agile projects, particularly app development.