Digital access continues to grow worldwide. Even in developing nations, internet connectivity can be high as smart phone adoption proliferates. As nonprofits work to get out their message, to broaden development possibilities, to make a difference, and to stay in legal compliance, one feature is often missed: accessibility of web content and functions to those with disabilities. Whether you work in the U.S. or internationally, laws supporting the civil rights of those with disabilities to participate in our digital society are in force. No matter if your motive is to walk your talk, or stay out of trouble, web accessibility is something you need to consider now! Though part of the issue is a lack of awareness, inaccessible web content can have devastating effects on an entire population of individuals. Another part of the issue is what to do about it.
Please join Dr. Cyndi Rowland, founder and executive director of the MacArthur Foundation and WebAIM, who has worked to create and curate resources useful for nonprofits who want to make their websites accessible to all. She will walk you through this phenomenon, guide you through helpful materials, and will be sure to put you on the right path.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:
- What is web accessibility and why is it important?
- How bad is the problem of web accessibility in the nonprofit world?
- Why focus precious resources on this now (Spoiler, it is the right thing, the smart thing, and it is the law)?
- What are steps I can follow and how should I start?
- Where can I find resources that will help?
- How can I check my site?
YOUR CONFERENCE LEADER
Your conference leader for “Web Accessibility and Your Nonprofit: What You Need to Know” is Dr. Cyndi Rowland, founder and executive director of WebAIM and the National Center on Disability and Access to Education, both housed at Utah State University. Since 1999 she has focused on research, tool and resource development, training, and policy initiatives for web accessibility in education. The work of both WebAIM and NCDAE are viewed as important resources in web accessibility. Both groups have a rich history of research and product development to benefit the broader community and an inclusive web. WebAIM is consistently in the top 8 Google returns when searching for “web accessibility”, where there are typically millions of returns. Some of WebAIM’s content includes issues and technical recommendations for developers who wish their designs to be inclusive of individuals with disabilities. NCDAE has rich resources for administrators and faculty alike who wish to make changes in their systems and individual practice. This includes a Benchmarking and Planning Tool as well as accessibility Cheatsheets used frequently by others. Dr. Rowland has engaged in her accessibility work at top tier national and international levels. Examples include sitting on the U.S. Section 508 refresh committee, and working on initiatives out of UN organizations. Examples include the ITU and UNESCO where she was an invited expert to assist in the creation of global guidelines for online distance education. Accessibility plays a role for UN Member States.
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