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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.
About the Presenters
Cindy Leonard is the Technology Services Manager for the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University. Cindy has more than a decade of experience helping nonprofits to leverage technology. She facilitates Bagels & Bytes meetings, organizes the Bayer Center's annual TechNow conference, and writes the monthly e-newsletter TechNotes, all while spending most of her time consulting with and teaching technology-related classes to local nonprofits.
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 Organization, the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Pennsylvania Pathways for Victim Services. She previously served as the Information Technology Coordinator for PA CleanWays, an environmental organization. Cindy holds a B.S. in Computer Science and an M.B.A. from Seton Hill University. She is currently working toward completing a Masters of Education in Instructional Technology, also at Seton Hill.
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.