Staff training & awareness

Your organization's entire staff needs to be made aware of the need for accessible technologies as part of creating an inclusive workplace. Beyond this, your initiative may want to develop role-based training, and may even want to develop your own training materials.

Looking for a roadmap to ensure that the technology in your workplace is accessible to all employees and job seekers?  You've come to the right place!  This Action Steps toolkit is designed to help employers learn the what, why, and how of accessible workplace technology. 

Find resources to get started with training staff across your organization in the accessibility skills relevant to their specific roles.

Different job roles within your company will require different training levels and skills. This article discusses some typical job roles and the accessibility training they should ideally receive.

People with various permanent, temporary, situational, or changing disabilities access the web in different ways. Check out the following tips to ensure that everyone can use your website—regardless of whether they can manipulate a mouse, their level of vision, how many colors they can see, how much they can hear, or how they process information.

Paul Schroeder, Aira Director of Public Policy & Strategic Alliances, discusses how emerging technologies are shaping the landscape of employment for people with vision loss, and other disabilities.

Accessibility Consultants

Many accessibility consultants are available for hire to help build and fix accessibility issues, and to provide staff trainings. If you're seeking professional help, the community-driven Accessibility Project maintains a short list of accessibility consultants.

As you build and refine your accessible technology initiative, you can find additional resources and support for yourself and staff through the following professional development resources:

AccessU

This annual conference offers instructional courses in digital accessibility, including online sessions for remote attendees.

Any digital content your company distributes, either internally or externally, needs to be accessible. This article covers training resources for many popular workplace products.

Resources for getting started with web accessibility. While the average employee doesn’t need to know the nuts and bolts of web accessibility, you’ll want to ensure that anyone involved with the website understands how to upload accessible content.

 

The following resources explore how you can weave accessibility and inclusion into your organizational culture.