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Re: FW: Maryland Accessibility Job


From: Jonathan Metz
Date: May 23, 2014 9:02AM

I've been seeing a bunch of these job descriptions recently.

Why do organizations expect anything better from someone with a Master's
degree specifically for this kind of position? The title doesn't include
"Director", "Manager", "Senior". Requiring advanced degrees for jobs where
skill and experience would be better only perpetuates the myth that
anything worth doing requires a degree.

Only individuals with specific kinds of disabilities will have any chance
of consideration for positions like this. Cognitive disabilities and IWD
who have struggled with our broken education system will likely suffer
because organizations and companies attach this unnecessary requirement.
Just because you can't openly admit it doesn't mean it isn't obviously

If your organization is looking for someone to help with
accessibility/user experience/usability needs, tell people EXACTLY what
you want. If people send a cover letter arguing that in their Master's
thesis they've proven techniques that will further your goal, kudos to
them. I bet you money that someone with or without only a certification
from AIIM or a PMP could do anything listed in this description.

>SALARY: State Salary Grade 21
>Annual Salary Range: $59,355 - $86,690

This right here basically covers a single year of post-graduate study in
the fields they want.

>LOCATION: 200 West Baltimore Street
>Baltimore, Maryland 21201
>NATURE OF WORK: This is a professional position responsible for ensuring
>that all digital products generated by the Maryland State Department of
>Education (MSDE) are accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Ok, so someone who can correctly apply the laws and responsibilities to

>Increase the capacity of MSDE to provide fully and equally accessible
>content and information for independent use by individuals with

Procurement, training, technical assistance, probably Information
Architecture, project management, etcetera

>reviews digital resources;

Testing, qa, making sure nobody breaks laws, etcetera

>ensures that all communications, including meetings, are accessible;

Ok, some IT capabilities, sure…

>utilize software and hardware and assistive technologies needed to create
>and evaluate products for individuals with disabilities;

Ok, more testing, and being able to use AT should theoretically be a
no-brainer but whatever…

>collaborates and provides technical assistance to MSDE and local school
>systems related to the procurement and development of accessible

Sure, an ability to translate the stuff regarding the
what/why/when/who/where/how/etcetera to the uninitiated is a step in the
right direction.

>develops policies and processes related to presentation of digital
>content in accordance with federal and state regulations and policies.

Ok, develop some guidelines and rules. Got it.

>EDUCATION: Master's Degree or equivalent 36 credit hours of post
>baccalaureate course work in Special Education, Instructional Technology,
>Assistive Technology, or a related field.
>Knowledge of current accessibility regulations, laws, Web Content
>Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, experience in the use of assistive software
>and hardware resources; skill in developing and presenting professional
>development programs; ability to interpret and apply laws and
>regulations; ability to organize, prioritize and manage multiple tasks;
>ability to work as a team member and establish and maintain effective
>working relationships;
>ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Only MS degrees would be able to perform these responsibilities?