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Re: [External Sender] Advice for those interested in accessibility


From: Brian Lovely
Date: Jan 21, 2020 8:47AM

A basic knowledge of HTML wouldn't hurt. It's not necessary to have the
knowledge of a full stack web developer, since all that is boiled down to
HTML and CSS before being sent to the browser. A web accessibility course.
At least lurking in a group list related to web accessibility. Any exposure
to disabled people, but particularly around their use of the internet.

Since you go on to specifically mention disabled people looking to be
employed in accessibility, the last is perhaps the least.

On Tue, Jan 21, 2020 at 10:27 AM Michael Ausbun < <EMAIL REMOVED> >

> Greetings,
> If you had someone, or a series of someones, interested in
> a career in accessibility, what advice might you give them to prepare or to
> ease their gaining, maintaining, or advancing a career in accessibility?
> * College/university degrees in computer science, software
> development, instructional design or educational technology?
> * Bootcamps designed around web development?
> * Just read the specifications!
> * I.A.A.P. is a good place to start!
> * Education around, and exposure to, training disabled people in the
> use of their technology?
> * A combination of these?
> * None of these!
> * Something else?
> I know a lot of disabled people who are unemployed or under employed,
> interested in a career in accessibility. Time and time again though, they
> are turned away from the table and provided little to no feedback in what
> specifically they can do to be better prepared to get a place at the table.
> I thought it might be a good idea to have others thoughts what it would
> take, so when I give advice to my network I can do so confident in the
> collective knowledge of experts who have, collectively, been around
> improving access for generations.
> Thanks for any thoughts!
> Respectfully,
> Michael
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*Brian Lovely*
Capital One Digital Accessibility

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