Tech Companies Launch Teaching Accessibility

Several large technology companies have launched a new initiative targeted to create future products that are accessible for people with disabilities.  Companies like LinkedIn, Adobe, Dropbox, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, etc. launched an effort to develop standard language within their job postings indicating that they prefer applicants with accessibility knowledge.  This initiative, “Teaching Accessibility”, is aimed to hire talent that can build technology that is accessible for people with disabilities in order to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

All technology companies that have worked on accessibility have faced a similar challenge of preparing designers, engineers and researchers to think and build inclusively. Similarly, academic programs in design, engineering and HCI are seeking ways to better prepare students to address the needs of diverse populations. Given this shared challenge, industry, academia and advocacy have now come together to create models for teaching and training students of technology to create accessible experiences. For more information visit their site at http://teachingaccessibility.com/  or contact them  at teachingaccessibility@gmail.com and @teachaccess.

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