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 joined the YWCA Westmoreland County as Executive Director in September 2018, bringing over 20 years of nonprofit leadership and management experience. The YWCA endeavors for social justice by working to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Previously, Cindy spent 12 years at the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management, working with the director and consulting team to enhance the Center's consulting and technology programs. She also performed community organizing around technology through the Center's popular Bagels & Bytes meetups and annual TechNow conference. Before that, she managed IT for Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. An experienced speaker and trainer with a highly engaging, interactive style, Cindy has successfully worked with groups as small as 10 and as large as 200 on a wide variety of topics. She has presented and trained at over 100 conferences and classes, including conferences by Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Nonprofit Technology Network, Nonprofits LEAD, Alliance for Nonprofit Management, Association of Fundraising Professionals of Western Pennsylvania, and Pennsylvania Library Association. Cindy presently serves on the board of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, a Master of Business Administration, and a Master of Education, all from Seton Hill University. Raised in Blairsville and Derry Township, Cindy has had a lifelong love affair with the Laurel Highlands, and currently resides in Youngwood with her husband Rob and a handful of very spoiled felines. She blogs about nonprofit management and technology at www.cindyleonard.org.
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.