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Re: Seeking Informational Interviews with Accessibility Professionals

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From: Kelly Lupo
Date: Feb 29, 2016 10:00AM


Agreed! I am in a similar situation, as a career-changing graduate student
looking for more information on jobs in assistive technology (AT) and
accessibility for 508/WCAG. While I was a systems admin in a past life, I
was definitely not a programmer! (I then got my M.S. in Special Education,
and am in a Ph.D program for Special Education, focusing on AT.) I'm not
quite sure where I'm going to go after this program... (Section 508/WCAG
testing vs AT Specialist services; and whether I go to direct services or
academia and teaching.)

I totally understand if interviewees prefer anonymity, however! A basic
overview, "most people said that <degree || certification> is <required ||
not required> in the field," kind of a thing would still be incredibly
helpful! :)

Kelly

On Sat, Feb 27, 2016 at 4:03 AM, Sean Murphy < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
wrote:

> Darrel
>
> This type of information would be useful for the list as a whole please se
> share your findings
>
> Sean
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On 27 Feb 2016, at 7:01 AM, Darrell Hilliker < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
> wrote:
> >
> > Hello Everyone,
> >
> > I am looking to enter the accessibility field on a professional basis
> > after many years of advocacy work. My goal is to focus on testing apps
> > and websites for non-visual accessibility and referring developers to
> > the resources necessary to improve their accessibility.
> >
> > I would like to determine the educational path that would work best
> > for me: which Bachelor's degree I should earn and which certifications
> > might be most helpful to achieve professional success.
> >
> > If possible, I would like to speak with accessibility professionals to
> > conduct a short informational interview.
> >
> > If anyone would be interested, I would appreciate it if you would
> > please email me by way of a private reply to this email.
> >
> > Thank you in advance,
> >
> > Darrell
> > > > > > > > > > > > >