Mentoring Program

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Overview

Accessible Community brings together experienced accessibility and universal design professionals with individuals still learning about these fields.  Each pair works with a small business or community organization in the United States to improve the organization’s web and facility accessibility while also discussing topics of interest.

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.

Accessible Community will be kicking off a mentoring program starting July 2021. Due to COVID, we will only focus on web accessibility for the first rotation. Each rotation will last 6 months. Mentors and protoges will meet for an hour each month at a time you agree on. We provide activities and discussion prompts to help make the mentoring as productive (and easy) as possible. At the same time, you will help a small organization improve their accessibility.

Mentors

Would you like to share your expertise with the next generation of accessibility and universal design professionals? Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity that serves your community with flexible hours and location? Help grow the next generation of accessibility experts by becoming a mentor.

We know your time is valuable and your skills are in demand! This volunteer work can be done remotely. You will be partnered with an intern and are responsible for working with them on jointly selected activities. The overall time commitment is 10 hours per intern over 6 months.

Who Can be a Mentor?

We are looking for mentors with 5+ years of experience in any of the following fields:

  • Web and software accessibility
  • 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.

Apply to be a mentor today.

Proteges

Would you like to expand your accessibility and universal design knowledge while helping small organizations? Would you like to grow your network and accessibility skills? You will be partnered with a mentor who can help you learn and grow your skills. The overall time commitment is 20 hours per intern over 6 months.

Who Can be a Protege?

We are looking for individuals who want to learn but have less than 5 years of experience in any of the following fields:

  • Web and software accessibility
  • Universal Design
  • ADA Compliance
  • Occupational Therapy

The ideal protégé is self-motivated, creative, and prepared to learn.

Apply to be a protege 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, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.