Where can I learn about incorporating accessibility topics in computing/IT courses?

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The Teach Access initiative pulls together leading technology companies, academic institutions and advocacy organizations—including AccessComputing and AccessEngineering—who are interested in increasing information about accessibility in computing education. The ultimate goal is to create the next generation of practitioners who routinely develop websites, software and other IT products that are accessible to people with disabilities.

The Teach Access Tutorial provides best practices for making accessible mobile and web apps. Via hands-on exercises and reference guides, tutorial users can learn about aspects of writing accessible code like headings, image tags, keyboard navigation and ARIA standards as well as design principles for accessibility related to color contrast, text size, and conveying meaning through color.

Other examples of the incorporation of accessibility topics in courses include the Web Design and Development (WebD2) curriculum, a free course curriculum on web design and development that integrates accessibility into lessons on design and site planning, HTML coding, cascading style sheets, JavaScript, and web authoring tools, the publication 20 Tips for Teaching an Accessible Online Course, and the video Including Universal Design in the Engineering Curriculum. For additional resources on this topic you may wish to consult Universal Design in the Curriculum.