Accessibility Mentoring Program

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Overview

Accessible Community, in partnership with Deque, Level Access, Pearson, and TPGi, will be kicking off the second rotation of our accessibility mentoring program in January 2022.  This program brings together emerging accessibility professionals with experts in the field.  Mentors and protégés meet for an hour once or twice a month for 6 months.  The activities include discussion prompts and an optional opportunity to assess a small organization’s website and discuss the results.

The goals for our mentoring program include:

  1. Supplementing limited educational opportunities in accessibility and universal design by providing hands on experience.
  2. Helping small businesses and community organizations become more inclusive of people with diverse abilities.
  3. Building a workforce of educated professionals by engaging and inspiring them about creating a more inclusive world.

Due to COVID, we will focus on web accessibility through June 2022. Each rotation lasts 6 months. We provide activities and discussion prompts to help make the mentoring as productive and easy as possible.

Who Can be a Mentor?

We are looking for mentors with at least 5, preferably 10, years of experience in web and software accessibility.

In future rotations, we will be looking for mentors in:

  • Universal Design
  • ADA Compliance
  • Occupational Therapy

The ideal mentor is patient, creative, and prepared to share their passion and knowledge for this field with others. If you are interested in becoming a mentor or if your company would like become a partner, please email your resume or company information to mentoring@accessiblecommunity.org.

Who Can be a Protégé?

We are looking for individuals who have:

  • taken at least one accessibility-related training or certification and have 1-5 years of experience in web or software accessibility, or
  • are self-trained and have 2-5 years of experience in web or software accessibility.

Accessibility specialties include design, development, testing, or other related areas of digital accessibility. The ideal protégé is self-motivated, creative, and prepared to learn.

Apply to be a protégé today.

Questions?

Contact mentoring@accessiblecommunity.org if you have any questions.

Accessible Community is an equal opportunity organization. All applicants will be considered without attention to race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability status.

Partners

deque
Level Access
Pearson
TPGi

Contributors

Knowbility
Tetra Logical