Virtual IAAP Symposium: Building a Culture of Accessibility and Inclusion in Your Organizations

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Do you want to improve the accessibility culture at your business or organization? Join IAAP for  an upcoming virtual symposium on June 12th and learn how you can leverage a Community of Practice to encourage organic accessibility growth, create a sustainable roadmap, and build a true culture of accessibility and inclusion.

The panel of experts will guide you through essential topics such as setting up a Community of Practice, assessing your organization’s current accessibility maturity, cultivating change agents, and utilizing tools and methods for continuous improvement. Whether you’re new to accessibility or looking to enhance your existing practices, this symposium will provide invaluable insights and actionable strategies.

Symposium Speakers

Jeff Wiesner is the Director of Product Management at Tamman in Philadelphia. With over 20 years in the software development field, his teams have designed and built websites and applications for Fortune 500 companies and non-profit organizations. Jeff is passionate about educating individuals and organizations to create accessible and inclusive digital experiences.

Jessica Schultz is a UX research manager and accessibility expert known for her high-energy, humor-filled presentations. With a Master’s in Human-Centered Design and Engineering from the University of Washington, and CPACC certification since 2019, Jessica brings practical, hands-on tactics and life lessons to her audience. She also co-chairs the BECU digital accessibility Community of Practice.

Carolyn Chesler supports BECU’s digital delivery teams with accessibility QA, education, and awareness. Since 2014, Carolyn has worked as an international consultant, performing cross-platform accessibility QA evaluation, WCAG 2.1 auditing, and conducting accessibility workshops for notable organizations including New Zealand’s Dept. of Internal Affairs and Fortune 500 companies.

Wally Zielinski is a front-end engineer with over a decade of experience in creating digital experiences for the web. Holding the Certified Professional in Web Accessibility (CPWA) certification, Wally believes in the power of community to drive progressive and equitable change. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, he tackles disability justice with a deep understanding of inclusion and equity.

What You’ll Learn

  • How to set up a Community of Practice
  • How to assess your organization’s current accessibility maturity
  • How to cultivate change agents within your organization
  • Tools and methods for continuous improvement
  • Best practices for fostering an inclusive environment

Event Details

  • IAAP Members: $19
  • Non-members: $39

Register now and take the first step towards building a more accessible and inclusive environment in your organization. Your participation will not only help you gain valuable knowledge but also contribute to the ongoing movement towards a more inclusive and accessible future.

Register Now

Be part of the change in empowering accessibility for all!

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