Webinar: Access for All: Basics of Website Accessibility

Having an accessible Website has many benefits for people of all abilities, but can seem complex and a little scary to a non-Web developer. In this session, you’ll learn the basics: where Web accessibility guidelines come from, what your organization stands to gain from having an accessible site and questions you should be asking your Web developer. In addition, we’ll give you tips on what you can do right now to improve your site and where to go for more information.

In this webinar, participants will

  • Gain an understanding of the sources of Web accessibility guidelines (Section 508 and WCAG).
  • Learn about the universal benefits of having an accessible Website.
  • Receive a list of questions to be asking your Web developer(s) regarding accessibility compliance and your organization’s Website.
  • Learn about things you can check for and/or do immediately to improve your organization’s Website and receive resources to get additional information.


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Speaker: Cindy Leonard
Cindy Leonard is the Consulting Team Leader at the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University. She works with the consulting team to maximize client satisfaction and identify areas for growth. Additionally, she creates and teaches a variety of Bayer Center classes, convenes Bagels & Bytes meetings and organizes the annual TechNow conference. Cindy’s consulting specialty is helping nonprofits to leverage technology to meet their missions. An experienced website designer, she adds website planning, design and assessment to the portfolio of services at the Bayer Center. She has presented at conferences for a variety of organizations, including the Nonprofit Technology Network, the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, the Pennsylvania Association for Nonprofit Organizations, the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Pennsylvania Pathways for Victim Services. Cindy is a co-founding member and vice-president of the Pittsburgh chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network and serves on the Editorial Committee for the Nonprofit Technology Network’s professional journal Change. Cindy holds a B.S. in Computer Science, an M.B.A. and a M.Ed. in Instructional Design Technology, all from Seton Hill University.
Speaker: Sandi Gauder
Sandi Gauder is a Partner and Web Developer at CMS Web Solutions Inc. She has conducted numerous in-house and public sessions for businesses, municipalities and web development firms on the topic of Web Accessibility and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Her clear, common sense approach is welcomed by all levels of management as well as technical audiences. Follow Sandi on Twitter @sgauder.