About Us

 

Our Mission

Bringing together industry, education, and disability advocacy organizations, Teach Access addresses the digital accessibility skills gap by equipping learners to build toward an inclusive world.


Our Vision

Teach Access envisions a future where technology is born accessible and inclusive for all.


Strategic Plan

Read about our plan to reach students and ensure that future technologies are born accessible.

 

2016: Founded

 

Kickstart Workshop attended by volunteers from industry, academia, and disability advocacy organizations established the vision and goals for the organization.

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2018: First Faculty Grants Awarded

 

Faculty were awarded grants to support  development of curriculum enhancements that introduced the fundamental concepts and skills of accessible design and development into their existing courses.

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2018: First Study Away Silicon Valley

 

The Teach Access Silicon Valley Study Away program brought together students, university faculty members, and industry partners to explore the field of accessible technology design and development in Silicon Valley.

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2019: Won a Shorty Award

 

Finalists in the Shorty Social Good Awards for the categories of Accessibility and B2B (Business-to-Business).

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2019: Executive Director Hired

 

Kate Sonka began serving as the first Executive Director of Teach Access in 2019. 

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2021-23: Became a 501(c)(3) non-profit & continued to expand

 

Officially received 501(c)(3) status in 2021. Additional full-time staff and interns were hired between 2022-2023.

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2024: Reached 500,000 students

 

Reached more than 500,000 students, a milestone in our mission of developing a future of employees who design technological products and services with accessibility in mind.

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Support Our Mission

Your support ensures a future workforce with the needed skills to allow everyone equal access to technologies.