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Accessibility Organizations & Resources

A11Y
For many web developers, accessibility is complex and somewhat difficult. The Accessibility Project understands that and we want to help to make web accessibility easier for front end developers to implement.

Accessibility and Open Educational Resources
OERs
(Open Education Resources) are online digital educational materials, tools, or even techniques that are offered freely and/or through open licensing. This resource provides examples, key factors and resources about accessibility of OERs.

Benetech Born Accessible Resources
Benetech is a nonprofit company with a pure focus on developing technology for social good. More than two decades after our founding, we’ve grown to include multiple program areas and initiatives that provide technology to improve—even transform—the lives of people all across the world. You can read more about our work through our four main program areas: Human Rights, Global Literacy, Environment and Benetech Labs.

GSA 508 Tutorials, Guidance, Checklists
Includes guidance on creating accessible documents for: Adobe Acrobat Pro9, Google Docs, Google Presentation, Google Spreadsheet, Corel Word Perfect X5, Corel Quattro Pro X5, Corel Presentations, Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, Microsoft Word 2010, and Microsoft Excel 2010. GSA staff are required to comply with the provisions of Section 508 and ensure accessibility of online electronic content, including but not limited to websites, web applications, multimedia and office documents, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel and PDF. The guides and tutorials listed here provide methods to help you make your content accessible and Section 508 compliant. 

Inclusive Design Research Centre
The IDRC is a research and development centre at OCAD University where an international community of open source developers, designers, researchers, advocates, and volunteers work together to ensure that emerging information technology and practices are designed inclusively.

The International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP)
The International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) is a membership-based organization for individuals and organizations that are focused on accessibility or are in the process of building their accessibility skills and strategies. The objective of this association is to help accessibility professionals develop and advance their careers and to help organizations integrate accessibility into their products and infrastructure. The IAAP will provide a place for accessibility professionals around the world to gather, share experiences and enrich their knowledge of accessibility.

IDPF: EPUB 3 Accessibility
The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) is the global trade and standards organization dedicated to the development and promotion of electronic publishing and content consumption. The work of the IDPF promotes the development of electronic publishing applications and products that will benefit creators of content, makers of reading systems, and consumers.  The IDPF develops and maintains the EPUB content publication standard that enables the creation and transport of reflowable digital books and other types of content as digital publications that are interoperable between disparate EPUB-compliant reading devices and applications.

Knowbility
Knowbility is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission of improving technology access for millions of youth and adults with disabilities all over the world. Our programs reflect our core values and the strong belief that accessible technology is a key to providing equal access to educational, employment, and social opportunities for people with disabilities.

Merlot Resources
Develop tools to assist organizations with publishing accessible web contact. AChecker tool assesses the accessibility of web content based on a variety of international accessibility standards.

United States Access Board (and Section 508)
The U.S. Access Board is a federal agency that promotes equality for people with disabilities through leadership in accessible design and the development of accessibility guidelines and standards for the built environment, transportation, communication, medical diagnostic equipment, and information technology.

W3C Web Access Initiative Content Accessibility Guidelines & Techniques
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 covers a wide range of recommendations for making Web content more accessible. Following these guidelines will make content accessible to a wider range of people with disabilities, including blindness and low vision, deafness and hearing loss, learning disabilities, cognitive limitations, limited movement, speech disabilities, photosensitivity and combinations of these. Following these guidelines will also often make your Web content more usable to users in general.

WebAIM
WebAIM (Web Accessibility In Mind) has provided comprehensive web accessibility solutions since 1999. These years of experience have made WebAIM one of the leading providers of web accessibility expertise internationally.

Corporate Accessibility Resources – General

Corporate Accessibility Resources – Product Specific

Accessibility

Access for all people, including people with disabilities, to web environments.

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Technology

Equipment or system where principal function is creation, conversion, duplication, control, display, interchange, transmission, reception, or broadcast of data.

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PDF (Portable Document Format)

Universal computer file type used to exchange and view documents on any computer with Adobe Acrobat or Foxit Reader software installed.

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International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF)

Trade and standards organization dedicated to development and promotion of electronic publishing.

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EPUB

Distribution and interchange format standard for digital publications and documents.

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Accessible Technology

Technology that can be used by people with a wide range of abilities and disabilities. Incorporates the principles of universal design.

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Employment

Work performed for compensation, at location, and with opportunities for advancement similar to those who are not individuals with disabilities.

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Accessibility Standards

Current or revised electronic and information technology accessibility standards developed under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

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