Online Training: Make Apps and Sites Accessible to All

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Help us create online training that is accessible to people with disabilities and the elderly.

Knowbility launched a kickstarter campaign September 26 to raise funds for its next project.

Martin holding a sketch

More About the Reasons Behind the Campaign

Most sites and apps are built by people who haven’t included disability as a design consideration – and Knowbility is out to change that with this project. We want to provide designers, developers, and managers with just-in-time resources that help them understand web accessibility. Our goal is to build the first two of eight training modules.

  • Overview of Web Accessibility
  • Accessibility Testing Strategies and Techniques

When web professionals consider accessibility as a design requirement, they become better at what they do. Almost all sites and apps are built with the best of intentions. Designers and developers balance their understanding of the needs of customers with their own business goals.

Add to that the fact that most learning management systems (LMS) that contain virtually all educational materials do not themselves meet basic accessibility standards.  As we get this project Kickstarted our long term goal is to use open source platforms and address barriers inherent in common LMS so that people with disabilities can equally participate as teachers and learners. While our first modules will be built on the most accessible standard platform we know,  we will use this momentum to improve LMS accessibility and return those improvements back to the community.

 

This is the first step and you know what they say about long journeys and first steps.

 Man using Mouth Stick to type on computer

Other Ways You Can Help

We know that you may not be able to contribute a lot financially, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help out in other important ways. Here are a few ideas:

  • Make a small donation, leave a comment about why you think it is important. Comments  improve the visibility of the campaign on Kickstarter.
  • Embed the campaign in your sites and blogs. Short URL:  http://kck.st/1sZXViS
  • Share with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and so on. Shares really improve the visibility of the campaign on Kickstarter!
  • Announce  the campaign at meetups and conferences.
  • Instead of a birthday gift, ask someone to contribute to this project.

Let’s make a world of difference. Let’s open the door to make sites and apps accessible to everyone.

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