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International Association of Accessibility Professionals

ACCESSIBILITY MATTERS

A Resource Publication by IAAP, a Division of G3ict

April Spotlight

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COVID-19 NOT Stopping Brian Crumley's CPACC Studying

Brian Crumley and his fellow colleagues from O3 World have been studying together for the IAAP CPACC exam since November. The recent COVID-19 situation has forced them to be creative and find alternative ways to continue studying together.  Using BrainScape flashcards they created, the group now meets in Zoom.  Brian said, "The Jeopardy night came out of a few groups of cards that we were struggling with studying, so we set up a full Jeopardy game from those topics - complete with Double Jeopardy and Final Jeopardy. And yes, we of course had the music to go along with it!"

Way to “rock” it Brian.  Good luck to you and your O3 colleagues!  
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IAAP COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT: Kryterion Online Remote and New Home-Based Private Proctoring Guidelines 

With COVID-19 and the shift to remote work, social distancing, and staying at home, there are a number of disruptions being discovered. Our first interest is the health and safety of our accessibility community. For everyone that had planned to earn their IAAP credentials, your path to certification does not have to be disrupted. Below are the measures that are being taken during the pandemic:  
  • Online Remote Proctoring with your built-in web camera 
  • New guidelines for home-based private proctoring
  • Flexibility in rescheduling exams  
  • Online drop-in question and answer sessions: April 8 and 9
  • IAAP Connections CPACC and WAS Study Groups   

Accessibility in
the News

New COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan Released

António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations has launched a new Global Humanitarian Response Plan that aims to address the needs of vulnerable people including persons with disabilities.
Read More About the Response Plan

Schools to Ensure Accessible Distance Learning for Students

The U.S. Department of Education has published a fact sheet that provides additional information on how distance learning can be used to meet the needs of students with disabilities during the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Read the Complete Factsheet

New Insurtech Launched for Digital Accessibility Compliance

A new insurtech product known as AAAtraq has been launched to help organizations demonstrate reasonable adjustment toward digital accessibility compliance and help mitigate the threat of legal action.
Read More About AAAtraq

FCC Provides Temporary Waivers to ASL Interpreters

Driven by the widening global pandemic, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has provided temporary waivers to help American Sign Language interpreters telework in order to maintain the telecommunications relay services (TRS).
Read More About FCC’s Waivers

Kenya: Portable Devices to Help Students with Visual Impairment Access Education

The Kilimanjaro Blind Trust Africa and the Ministry of Education in Kenya have launched a paperless portable device known as ‘Orbit Reader 20’ to help students with visual impairment access their study syllabus.
Read More About Orbit Reader 20

Tool to Help Developers Understand User Interaction

Google’s popular Chrome browser has launched a new tool to help developers customize their websites for users with different types of visual impairment.
Read More About the New Google Tool

China Launches New National Standard for Internet Users with Visual Impairment

China has launched its new national standard that is in closer harmonization with international standards for the development of barrier-free services to better serve persons with visual impairment.
Read More About China’s New Standard

New Phonetic System to Enhance Access to Braille

A new phonetic system for students with visual impairment aims to increase braille literacy using designated symbols that represent the singing sounds of six languages.
Read More About the New Phonetic System

News from IAAP

Membership Highlight

IAAP would like to welcome the following new organizational members: Visit our Member Directory to view a complete list of organizational members.
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How is COVID-19 Impacting Digital Accessibility?

This survey of Digital Accessibility practices during the COVID-19 pandemic, allows you to anonymously comment on the impact COVID-19 is having on employees and customers with disabilities and on your organizations accessibility design and testing efforts.
Take Deque Survey

ICAP-BE Name Change & Application Deadline April 14th 

GAATES' certification program, previously referred to as ICAP-BE, now has a new name: Certified Professional in Accessible Built Environments (CPABE).  Interested candidates should submit their application by April 14th.  Details can be found on our CPABE webpage.

Closed Schools Require Digital Accessibility for Students with Disabilities

In a recent blog, IAAP Global Leadership Council Chair, Susanna Laurin addresses the issues many schools and families around the world are now facing with on-line digital learning being the new norm. What are the legal requirements and what can be done to protect those most at risk of exclusion? 
Read Susanna's blog.

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April Spotlight

The Connections Community is a great place to ask questions and get advice.  Recently a member questioned, "What makes a VPAT successful? And what are some best practices?"  You can join the discussion in the Connections Community and visit the thread on “How is a VPAT deemed successful?

In each newsletter issue we highlight a discussion from the IAAP Connections member only section of the website. IAAP Connections is about members helping members with answers to questions, guidance on available resources, and sharing good practices. 

Interested in accessing the Connections Community? Visit our Membership Benefits page for details on IAAP Membership. 

International Chapter News

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IAAP Nordic Conference - New Date Announced

The IAAP Nordic Conference will take place on the 1st of September. Join us and learn from market leaders and international experts how accessibility can be incorporated in the organization's identity and business goals!
Nordic Conference Info and Registration

 

May 14th Webinar: A User-centric Journey for Accessibility

What are we doing and what are we not doing to create available products? What are we including and who do we exclude in our decisions? What is culture and affect culture if we reach the goal of creating accessible products?
Register for May Webinar

 

June 16th Webinar: Services for All? Ensuring Universal Design

What is the best practice for ensuring services are usable for everyone? This webinar takes you through the four phases of a typical service design process and provides an overview of current opportunities and challenges in designing services for all.
Register for June Webinar

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M-Enabling Forum Germany - September 24, 2020

The 3rd M-Enabling Forum Germany will take place alongside REHACARE in Düsseldorf on September 24, 2020. The Forum is organized by E.J. Krause & Associates, Inc. and G3ict, and in cooperation with IAAP DACH Chapter.
M-Enabling Forum Germany
 
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April Webinar

WCAG 2.1 and Mobile Accessibility.  Presented by Kara VanRoekel, Manager, Accessibility Services, Level Access.  Live April 15th.
Register for Webinar
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Digital Workplace Inclusion Series

Webinar #8: Digital Inclusion and Future of Work.  Live April 8th.
Digital Workplace Inclusion
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Higher Education Webinar Series

Webinar #4: Federal Website Access Lawsuits.  Live April 29th.
Higher Education Series
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Certification

Applications for the next Certification Exam Session will be available on our website on April 20th.
Exam Applications and Dates
2020 M-Enabling Summit. Mark your calendar with new dates!

M-Enabling Summit
New Dates

September 14-16, 2020 Washington, DC
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#a11y Conferences

We are updating our Accessibility Conferences page with updates and new dates as they come in. Have a new date or event, let us know!
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