The companies that are supporting Teach Access are focused on the continual improvement of the accessibility of their products and services and have recognized that the success of this effort relies on a technical workforce broadly familiar with and trained on the fundamentals of designing, developing, testing and proliferating accessible technologies, including the common standards and specifications and alternative interfaces used by people with disabilities. These skills should be spread across a variety of engineering, development and design positions, not just those dedicated full-time to accessibility. To help achieve this goal, we are adding appropriate language in our job descriptions that emphasize the skill set we’re seeking. We believe that by highlighting our need for new talent to enter the workforce prepared with this knowledge, we will be shining a spotlight on our dedication to this shared mission, we will be raising awareness among job-seekers (and their alma maters) and we will eventually save significant time and effort presently spent training existing staff on the requirements we face in the global marketplace.
Teach Access Tutorial
The Teach Access initiative has launched a tutorial which explains and demonstrates best practices for making mobile apps and websites accessible. The tutorial provides basic training for developers and designers, with more disciplines to come. If you are new to accessibility, you’ve come to the right place – this portal will help you get up and running on accessibility via hands-on exercises and useful reference guides. It is available here: https://teachaccess.github.io/tutorial/