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Introduction

Most sites and apps are built by people who haven't included disability as a design consideration - and Knowbility is out to change that with this project. We want to provide designers, developers, and managers with just-in-time resources that help them understand web accessibility. Our goal is to build the first two of eight training modules.

  • 1) Overview of Web Accessibility
  • 2) Accessibility Testing Strategies and Techniques

When web professionals consider accessibility as a design requirement, they become better at what they do. Almost all sites and apps are built with the best of intentions. Designers and developers balance their understanding of the needs of customers with their own business goals. But it is important for the online world to remain a place of inclusion - that's a fundamental principle of the web. It should not be a place where people with disabilities have to overcome unnecessary barriers simply to apply for a job, take an online course, post to social media, or order a doll for a niece's birthday. Inclusive design often gets overlooked because of a lack of awareness, experience, and training.

With the foundational training we will create in this project, we can make web accessibility a fore-thought rather than an after-thought.

Project Supporters

We can't do this alone. Besides your support, we are grateful to a few individuals and a company who are backing us: 

D2L 

"D2L believes in breaking down barriers in education, and supports this campaign and its efforts to make training in this area widely available. We look forward to a future partnership with Knowbility." 

 Brandon Nussey CFO, D2L Incorporated

Jeffrey Zeldman

"ACCESSIBILITY IS LIKE the weather: everyone talks about it, but not enough of us do anything about it. Knowbility is one of the few groups in the world with the commitment and expertise to change this."

Jeffry Zeldman
Jeffry Zeldman

We're grateful to Jeffrey to donate an hour of his time to someone who kicks in some cash. See his reward in the side list. 

Mike Gifford

"Having spearheaded the accessibility improvements in Drupal, I know the importance of training. Web developers are interested in accessibility, but often don't know how to learn more. Having practical how-to steps is so important for people to be able to evaluate problems in the user interface."

Mike Gifford
Mike Gifford

We're also very grateful to Mike to donate consulting on accessibility with Drupal. Please see his reward in the side list. 

Online Training to Build Accessible Sites & Apps

The simple fact is: We can prevent most online accessibility barriers!

Knowbility's will develop two modules in to kickstart our online courses to give web pros the necessary information to build smarter, more accessible sites and apps.

Most businesses don't deliberately create such barriers, they often quite simply do not fully understand the issue. Many need reliable guidance about how to create accessible web sites and apps. With your help, Knowbility can provide that guidance.

The modules will be delivered in a highly interactive and engaging way. They will teach principles and techniques of accessible information technology - things you need to know whatever your role in the communication process. The training program will be based on workshops that Knowbility has delivered for more than 10 years at AccessU. Web managers, designers, developers, writers, and other producers will understand why and how to design inclusively--and discover rewards they may not have anticipated.

Our success depends on you!

Help Us Get These Modules Built

We can do so much with this project. The barriers of inaccessible technology are both formidable and unnecessary. With your help, we will teach web accessibility to those who have the ability to bring down technology barriers - the makers themselves. We can educate those who put information online about how to reach ALL the world, including people with disabilities. Will you help us create a suite of online resources to make this transformational IT accessibility training available?

Other Ways You Can Help

We know that you may not be able to contribute a lot financially, but that doesn't mean you can't help out in other important ways. Here are a few ideas:

  • Embed the campaign in your sites and blogs.
  • Share with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and so on.
  • Announce the campaign at meetups and conferences.
  • Instead of a birthday gift, ask someone to contribute to this project.

Let's make a world of difference. Let's open the door to make sites and apps accessible to everyone.

The Project Team

Sharron Rush, Executive Director, Knowbility, Inc.

Twitter: @sharrush

Facebook: knowbility

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/knowbilityinc

"More people now understand that web accessibility is important – many just don’t know the practical how-to steps to get there.This practical – and fully accessible – training for people across all organizational roles will help folks know just what to do. This project will indeed kickstart the process of digital inclusion, let’s go"

Richard Schwerdtfeger, Chief Technology Officer, Accessibility, IBM Software and Board Member, Knowbility
Twitter: @rschwer
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/richschwer

"This project will get us started on an online accessibility education system that can educate professionals to remove web barriers to those with disabilities. There is a severe shortage of people with these skills and we hope to leverage Knowbility's years of education leadership in producing accessible training to deliver e-learning that meet these needs. I can think of no better organization to achieve these goals."

Denis Boudreau, Deque Systems
Twitter: @dboudreau
Facebook: http://facebook.com/boudden
LinkedIn: ca.linkedin.com/in/dboudreau/
"I am backing this project because I think it's our responsibility to make sure ever web designer and web developer out there has access to quality training material about web accessibility. The web has the potential to empower every user that play an active role in today's society, as long as the ones who are building the web build bridges, not roadblocks. Also, Knowbility rocks."

Bill Corrigan, e-learning developer and accessibility consultant. And managing this campaign.
Twitter: @accessible_ly
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/accessbile.ly
"I want to make e-learning that will inspire you, motivate you and help you make beautiful apps and sites that everyone can enjoy. Get involved, you will love the trip!"

Risks and challenges

Risks:
The big risk we face is not completing this project on the schedule we plan. We will minimize that chance with our professional team working on the project. Members include a project manager, instructional designer, a professional training company as a partner and the Executive Director of Knowbility. We also have partners in Texas state government offices and national disability advocacy organizations who will match funds and provide oversight. See the FAQs for project schedule, course road map and teaching/learning approach we use.

Challenges:
Teaching accessible design practices online must demonstrate a high level of accessibility itself. Learners with disabilities must be able to use and succeed on the system as easily as any other learner. Therefore, the cost to create the content is higher than on a standard learning platform.

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