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From: Paul Bohman
Date: Apr 30, 2014 6:23PM


The IAAP wasn't established by Microsoft, though Microsoft is one of the
"founding members," meaning that Microsoft paid the membership dues
necessary to be considered a founding member. The list of founding member
organizations is rather long:
http://www.accessibilityassociation.org/content.asp?contentid6 The
company that I work for is among the founding members, for example. The
initiative for forming the IAAP came primarily from ATIA, the Assistive
Technology Industry Association. I don't know all of the internal staffing
arrangements of the IAAP, but there is a list of staff on the following
page: http://www.accessibilityassociation.org/content.asp?contentid5(below
the list of board members; scroll down to the section titled "IAAP
Staff Team"). At this point the IAAP staff are mostly facilitating the
process of getting a professional organization started, and acting as
facilitators in the various committees, without actually being in charge of
them. Individuals who are not IAAP employees head the committees.


Paul Bohman, PhD
Director of Training
Deque Systems, Inc
www.deque.com
703-225-0380, ext.121


On Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 6:46 PM, Karen Sorensen < <EMAIL REMOVED> >wrote:

> Thanks for the thoughtful reply Paul. All I've really seen from the IAAP
> though is requests for me to volunteer my time (after my regular job). So,
> who's getting paid in the IAAP and what are they doing?
> I definitely think the certification idea is a good one, but why is it
> coming from an organization that I think was originally established by
> Microsoft? Not that I'm anti-Microsoft. I'm not. But this just makes me
> question the intent of IAAP.
>
> Thanks!
>
> Karen M. Sorensen
> Accessibility Advocate for Online Courses
> www.pcc.edu/access
> Portland Community College
> 971-722-4720
> *"The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone
> regardless of disability is an essential aspect.”* Tim Berners-Lee
> > > >