University of Wisconsin–Madison

Designing for Accessibility

Almost every day, people with disabilities encounter barriers that hinder them from using websites or mobile applications. By designing and developing with accessibility in mind, we can help people get equal access when we take into account various disabilities such as restrictions with hearing, movement, sight, and cognitive abilities. This course will present the core concepts of accessibility as they apply to UX design for web and mobile applications. We will learn how to incorporate accessibility requirements into personas for various types of disabilities and learn about the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0*. Then, we will learn about design and development techniques, development and testing tools, and how to put them all together to create apps that are accessible and are better for search engine optimization. At the end of the course, you should have a firm understanding of web accessibility, how to design, develop, and test for accessibility, and incorporate accessibility as part of UX process.  

* Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) is developed through the Web Accessibility Initiative by the World Wide Web Consortium in cooperation with individuals and organizations around the world, with a goal of providing a single shared standard for web content accessibility that meets the needs of individuals, organizations, and governments internationally.

At a glance

When: March 27 – Apr 30, 2023

Cost: $250  (10% discount if you register at least 2 weeks in advance)

Credit: 1.8 CEUs/18 LEUs

Program#: 303923

This program has been rescheduled for spring 2023. Registration will open in October!

Please use the online registration option. If you need alternate arrangements, email Meredith Lowe, Alternate registration options may result in delays.

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Course details


  • Why accessibility matters and Fundamentals of Accessibility
  • How to Design for Accessibility
  •  UX and Accessibility
  • Understanding WCAG 2.0 and how to meet guidelines
  • Accessibility and SEO, Tools, and Testing


Students will watch lectures, review resources, and post to discussion boards each week. A final project will gives students the opportunity to test a site and make recommendations for better accessibility.


Htet Htet Aung is a UX/UI designer specializing in medical applications and accessibility with background in biomedical research, web development and usability research. She loves working as a UX designer/analyst in the medical field because the designs she helped create can help clinicians and patients get better access to health data and healthcare. 

Htet Htet has worked as UX/UI designer at various medical software companies which includes: Allscripts, NantHealth, Harris Healthcare/CareFX, Siemens, and QuadraMed. In addition she has worked on government and defense applications and website designs for Booz Allen Hamilton. She briefly did UX research as research associate at Carnegie Mellon after studying Human-Computer Interaction and earning her Masters at Carnegie Mellon’s Human Computer Interaction Institute. Her undergraduate degree was in pre-medicine/molecular biology. 

When she’s not designing user experiences at work, she enjoys family time with her daughter, cooking, and reading.