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Re: Advice for those interested in accessibility


From: Karlen Communications
Date: Jan 21, 2020 9:18AM

I'd add to the list knowing how to create accessible Word/word processed or
PowerPoint/presentation documents as well as a basic understanding of tagged

Cheers, Karen

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Michael Ausbun
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Subject: [WebAIM] Advice for those interested in accessibility

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!