The Accessibility Internet Rally is a unique design competition that builds partnerships between nonprofits and artists and teams of volunteer web developers, designers and other tech specialists. The end goal of this partnership is a new or improved website for the artist or organization that is fully accessible to people with disabilities, plus information and resources that they can use in the future to help maintain the accessibility of their site.
Welcome to the Accessibility Internet Rally (AIR)! We have a great Rally season coming up in 2021, and we are hoping that you will join us! Whether you are an experienced web developer or a student, an artist or a nonprofit, or a volunteer, we have a lot of excitement and learning on the way. By the end of the Rally, you will have a strong foundation in developing and maintaining a website that is accessible to all!
Our website has all the details you will need for the 2021 Rally, but please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you still have questions.
What do you mean by "accessibility?"
When a website, app or other digital resource is accessible, it means that it has been designed so that people with disabilities can use it. Think of a website like a building - architects and interior designers can add features like elevators, Braille signage and automatic doors to help people with all types of disabilities navigate the building and find what they need inside. Websites work the same way! If a website has good design and accessible features, people with disabilities can navigate the pages, find information and interact with elements like forms and menus.
If you would like to learn more about the features that make a website accessible, or the types of assistive technologies that people use to visit websites, please check out this resource from the Web Accessibility Initiative: How People with Disabilities Use the Web
Are people with disabilities visiting my website?
Most likely yes! One in four people who use the internet have a disability. These disabilities can include age related disabilities like gradual vision or hearing loss and mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety. You may have members of your team, program donors or volunteers with disabilities who are visiting your site every day! People who encounter an inaccessible website may not necessarily speak up - they may simply leave the site to look for other programs or resources that are accessible to them.
Ready to learn more?
Whether you’re a developer looking to learn new skills or an artist or NPO interested in making your site accessible, you can reference our FAQs. If you have any questions, please contact us through our email address, email@example.com.
Registration ends Friday, August 27, 2021. Register now!
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