Hear from students, faculty, and industry members about their experience participating in the inaugural Study Away program in Silicon Valley in May 2018.

CES 2021 interview with Kate Sonka, the Executive Director of Teach Access and Assistant Director of Inclusion and Academic Technology at Michigan State.

A Teach Access roundtable discussion during Sight Tech Global 2020, featuring recent college students discussing how the teaching of accessible design and development at the university level can help close the accessibility skills gap for the emerging generation of participants in the new digital economy.

AXSChat Podcast with Kate M Sonka & Larry Goldberg, hosted by Antonio Vieira Santos, Debra Ruh and Neil Milliken.

The pathway to a career in accessibility is shifting. Previously, most accessibility professionals started as developers or UX engineers and expanded into accessibility based on their employer’s needs. They were self-taught with supplemental learning opportunities at conferences and through workshops. Currently, students and individuals looking to change careers, increasingly see accessibility as an option but colleges do not provide degrees in accessibility. It is not always clear how to get started. This talk will discuss available opportunities for learning about accessibility and getting enough hands-on experience to build a resume.

This panel will be focused on the benefits of including accessibility skills in your hiring processes. Each panelist will provide insight into their experiences with hiring staff with accessibility knowledge and skills in tech, higher education, and the disability community, highlighting how to use the Teach Access Accessibility Skills Hiring Toolkit to recruit and hire accessibility-skilled staff across a range of roles in your organization.

 

The session will provide an overview on EY’s approach to Digital Accessibility and Assistive Technologies. Within Digital Accessibility, we will review our accessibility strategy, the progress we have made, and challenges we faced. For Assistive Technologies, we will describe how we offer 1-1 services on a global level when a health/medical situation impedes one’s use of our IT resources. Within each area, we will discuss career paths, accessibility skillsets, and technical training that our people have undertaken. We will also describe how our Accessibility Center of Excellence is structured to provide services and how we collaborate with enterprise functions to drive accessibility adoption across the firm.

Infusing Accessibility into your Career Come join the Walmart eCommerce team, as panelists from our design, engineering and product management teams share their journey into accessibility. No matter what career path you choose, you can make accessibility part of your career! In this session we will share:

  1. Career insights for those looking to pursue a career as an accessibility subject matter expert.
  2. A personal anecdote on what it’s like navigating a career with a disability.
  3. How members of our design and engineering teams are championing accessibility within their respective fields.

 

Teach Access Career Development Series: Careers in Disability Advocacy

Careers in UX and Accessibility with WID

Learn about the work done at WID and how they utilize User Experience (UX) testing with users of assistive technology for accessibility. This presentation will discuss career paths with WID, in which they look for individuals with skill sets to proctor and support a UX session or focus group AND have the understanding of accessibility and accessible design.

Building Accessibility Talent with AFB

A discussion of how and why you should learn the unique and sought-after accessibility skills for programmers, designers, and engineers through a paid internship with the AFB Talent Lab. With this opportunity, you can simultaneously stand out to employers and be part of creating a digitally inclusive world.

Teach Access Career Development Series: Land Your Next Career by VMware

Land your next career: resume/networking tips and careers at VMware

How can you leverage your resume to land your next career? Learn what to write (and not write) in your resume to ensure you’ll get noticed. You’ll learn what format works best, how to leverage the job description in your resume, and what to prioritize your experience.

Don’t feel like you have enough experience in the job you’re looking for? Discover how to boost relevant skills, even if your experience seems completely unrelated. Find out how to get a fast pass into the interview system by understanding how to successfully network.

Finally, explore what it’s like to work at VMware and potential career options.

Teach Access Career Development: Careers at Microsoft

Microsoft is a proud partner of Teach Access! Join Microsoft employees for an introduction into accessibility at Microsoft, as well as a peek into the day in the life of different roles on our engineering teams. This presentation will also include details on our recruiting process and how to apply for summer internships at Microsoft.

Teach Access Career Development Series: Job Outlook in Accessibility

Amy Fong, Mathematical Statistician, from U.S. Department of Labor summarizes projected job growth in accessibility-related careers and demonstrate how to use various Department of Labor data tools to inform their job seeking and preparation.