In Spring 2017, the Accessibility Switchboard website went live. The resource site is a new connection portal for businesses and consumers. The site connects people by providing introductions to accessibility concepts, introducing case studies of successful practices, giving practical step-by-step guidance, and giving annotated links to publications that examine key topics in-depth.
The Switchboard project came about because of the need to provide easy-to-digest introductions for newcomers to topics relating to website accessibility, management and implementation of accessibility programs, dealing with work environment issues, the procurement of IT, responding to legal issues, and more.
Designed to expand over time, the Switchboard has been set up to easily include new audiences. In the first year of development, the development team focused on the needs of businesspersons working on the technical side of IT accessibility, as well as consumers with disabilities who are struggling to deal with IT accessibility problems. We believe that an additional audience need should be addressed, and can be incorporated as an expansion to the content. In our field there are two separate but overlapping ‘camps’: those who focus on IT accessibility issues; and those who focus on employment equity and diversity issues. It can be easy to become entrenched in one camp and inadvertently overlook the other aspects, making it harder to address accessibility as an organization-wide initiative.
In this webinar, we will introduce the Switchboard site, how it was developed, how the Community of Practice (a 20+ member group of accessibility consultants and other accessibility SMEs) was engaged, and introduce the current content of the site. We will then discuss and solicit feedback from BLN members on the concept of expanding the site by bridging the gap between the technical and non-technical sides of accessibility practices in business.
Due to system capacity, this registration is limited to one connection per registration only.
Accessibility Track Consulting, LLC
CHRIS M. LAW
Dr. Chris M. Law’s goal is to help lead developments in the field of organization-wide approaches to accessibility. Chris is the convener and chair of the annual ICT Accessibility Testing Symposium, an event bringing peer-reviewed conference presentations to the East Coast. Chris is also the Chair of the IAAP (G3ict) Organizational Development Committee, which aims to help organizations with organization-wide strategies and resources.
Chris has over 20 years of experience in the accessibility field. In his PhD work, Chris developed methods for studying business processes and organizational behavior with respect to disability. Previously, he was the lead researcher on an academic team that analyzed and reported on the usability of Universal Design (UD) standards and guidelines. In his early work, Chris spent a number of years developing UD interfaces for public and consumer electronic products.
Eduardo, a brain injury survivor, has been involved in the accessibility and disabilities field for 20 years working for numerous government agencies and small contractors in the Washington, DC metropolitan area supporting people with disabilities. He is an advocate for individuals with disabilities and his competencies include a strong sales and business development background in both the private and public sectors. He supports organizations in their efforts to promote digital accessibility, diversity and inclusion among companies that are interested in serving—and building loyalty with—consumers and employees with disabilities.
He is a skilled technologist and strategist, specializing in international accessibility trends, assistive technologies, legal mandates and social media. He is a Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies by the International Association of Accessibility Professionals. Eduardo holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics, a Master of Science in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Master’s degree in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, AZ. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Frederick county Maryland.