Digital Accessibility Syllabus is an open-source, university-level, digital accessibility syllabus that teaches those interested in developing immersive and interactive digital experiences how to critically think about universal and inclusive design, and create accessible content.
It is created by Kemi Sijuwade-Ukadike and supported by the Processing Foundation as a teaching fellowship.
From my observation, there are initiatives on a university level to bring awareness to digital accessibility. I want to add to this by creating a university-level, open-source course model that directly speaks to why it is important, as well as how to create accessible digital content from the inception of a project, rather than as an afterthought once the project is close to completion.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted most of our communication into the digital realm. Now more than ever, about 61 million Americans who live with a disability are relying on digital spaces as an important means of connection and survival to health, financial, social, and job-related services and information.
I believe that if a full-semester immersion to digital accessibility is an option for those studying interactive and immersive experiences, an awareness that the DOM, as well as libraries such as p5.js’ accessibility, are tools and how to use them — would be super useful to interaction designers, web developers, coders and those creating digital experiences. Perhaps we can see an influx of robust digital projects, not only to avoid litigation but for better interactions overall.