Digital Accessibility Technologist
A Digital Accessibility Technologist is someone who works to make digital spaces more inclusive for people with disabilities. This is a career which has grown internationally because of Human Rights legislation like the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
This is a cross-disciplinary field requiring proficiency with various kinds of assistive technology, and working understanding of appropriate technological and legal standards, such as WCAG and the Americans with Disabilities Act (in the US). There is often a user experience design component to this specialty, particularly in the application of the principles of Universal Design and inclusive design.
There is a substantial body of work around digital accessibility, education programs around the world and professional organizations like International Association of Accessibility Professionals.
The W3C is a central agency in Digital Accessibility and provides considerable information for people interested in learning Introduction to Web Accessibility. Unfortunately, unless you have a disability, most people are not aware of barriers many people face.
There are many events around the world which help build a community of practice, one of the first is CSUN Assistive Technology Conference. Thousands of Digital Accessibility Technologist gather here every year to learn the latest best practices.
- International Association of Accessibility Professionals - IAAP Certification.
- The Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) also has an RHF Accessibility Certification Professional.
- The Department of Homeland Security has created a Trusted Tester certification to support training around evaluating Section 508 standards.
- California State University, Northridge offers their Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP).
- List of computer occupations
- Software test engineer (Tester)
- Test engineer
- Web developer
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