Knowbility Online - Making Accessibility Training Easier



September 26, 2014

Sharron Rush and Cliff TyllickWeb accessibility is complicated. The technology is constantly changing as is how we are using the medium. The Web has become a critical means of simply participating in our society and many people are simply excluded from participation.

Knowbility has offered a training on Web Accessibility since Section 508 was adopted back in 1998. Working with people with disabilities, this community has been a hub for training web developers about how to build barrier free sites.

They are organizing a Kickstarter though to see to provide a barrier free online training tool to make it easier for people to learn how to make websites that are accessible to everyone.

When I began looking at improving the accessibility of Drupal 7 years ago, there wasn't any only training opportunities that I could take that would facilitate my learning. I learned through reading a lot of blog posts, discussing the issue with people with disabilities and advocates, and lots of trial & error. 

Having spearheaded the accessibility improvements in Drupal, I know the importance of training. Web developers are interested in accessibility, but often don't know how to learn more.  Having practical how-to steps is so important for people to be able to evaluate problems in the user interface. 

There is definitely the need for this program and therefore I decided to help by donating an accessibility consultation to help raise the money that Knowbility needs. If you have a Drupal site and are looking to learn how to improve it's accessibility, you really should look at pledging.

I was lucky to be in Austin earlier this year for DrupalCon and Cliff Tyllick organized for me to have lunch with Sharron Rush. It was a great conversation and I would highly recommend donating. The photo I've included is of Cliff & Sharron after our enjoyable meal together.

About The Author

Mike Gifford is the founder of OpenConcept Consulting Inc, which he started in 1999. Since then, he has been particularly active in developing and extending open source content management systems to allow people to get closer to their content. Before starting OpenConcept, Mike had worked for a number of national NGOs including Oxfam Canada and Friends of the Earth.

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