Focusing on Accessibility for Individuals
What do we mean when we say "accessibility"? Accessibility is about providing access to information for everyone, regardless of age or ability, so that each individual can realize their full potential. Accessibility professionals are subject matter experts who understand the need for inclusion and address these needs through technology. They have knowledge of accessibility requirements and technology implementation guidelines to provide accessible solutions.
The International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) is a not-for-profit membership-based organization for individuals and organizations that are focused on accessibility or are in the process of building their accessibility skills and strategies. The objective of this association is to help accessibility professionals develop and advance their careers and to help organizations integrate accessibility into their products and infrastructure. The IAAP will provide a place for accessibility professionals around the world to gather, share experiences and enrich their knowledge of accessibility.
As of July 2016, IAAP became a division of the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict). G3ict is an advocacy initiative launched in December 2006 by the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development, in cooperation with the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at UN DESA. Its mission is to facilitate and support the implementation of the dispositions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on the accessibility of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) and assistive technologies. G3ict relies on an international network of ICT accessibility experts to develop and promote good practices, technical resources and benchmarks for ICT accessibility advocates around the world. It is incorporated as a nonprofit organization in the State of Georgia, USA, and headquartered in Atlanta.
IAAP At-A-Glance - As of 12/31/2017
- Number of members: 1364
- Number of organizational members: 75
- Number of countries represented: 39
- Number of successful certificants CPACC: 356
- Number of successful certificants WAS: 63
- Number of Certified Professional in Web Accessibility (those who have successfully passed CPACC and WAS exam earn a higher designation of CPWA): 45
- Cumulative Pass/Fail rate CPACC: 86%
- Cumulative Pass/Fail rate WAS: Not yet available
- Completed webinars year to date: 11
- Recorded webinars in the Archive Library: 42
- Satisfaction rating for webinar series year to date: 98.2%
- June 11-13, 2018. M-Enabling Summit 2018. Washington, DC.
What will make our profession strong is having you as a member. Regardless of your knowledge level in accessibility, we all play a role in growing this profession. Help guide us to being a great professional association serving our diverse needs.