Organizational Development

The Organizational Development Committee (ODC) develops resources and programs to help small or large, public or private organizations develop effective in-house accessibility programs to help achieve their goals related to inclusion and accessibility.

The group’s work is informed by responses to its 2018 survey of organizations. Those survey results indicate a strong desire for better information or resources in the following areas:

  1. Proven models to establish and run organization-wide accessibility programs
  2. Methodology to evaluate and report the organization’s accessibility maturity
  3. Effective strategies to consistently author accessible content and media
  4. Proven design and engineering practices to create inclusive products
  5. Up-to-date analysis of global trends driving and influencing accessibility

In some cases, there is already existing guidance available in the industry but it may not be easily discovered or well known. In other cases, there is a need to develop new guidance and make that available to professionals around the world. As a resource for accessibility professionals, the ODC is uniquely positioned to help in either situation – whether improving discoverability or creating new guidance.

Current Projects

  1. Spotlight Existing Resources
    • Assess existing resources for the top five organizational challenges highlighted in the 2018 ODC Survey
    • Curate a list of the highest quality resources for each area
    • Publish curated list; promote it to IAAP members and non-members
    • We anticipate this project will partially address these survey results:
      • Methodology for evaluating and reporting accessibility maturity
      • Authoring accessible content and media
      • Analysis of global trends driving and influencing accessibility
  2. Develop New Organizational Guidance
    • Author new organizational resources to address the areas without existing, high-quality offerings
    • Create relevant strategic planning templates, implementation guides, business practices, etc.
    • Publish new resources to IAAP members and their organizations
    • We anticipate this project will partially address these survey results:
      • Models to establish and run accessibility programs
      • Design and engineering practices to create inclusive products                       

Get Involved

The Organizational Development Committee meets monthly via on-line meetings, and meetings are open to all IAAP members.  We break into smaller working groups to tackle specific projects and deliverables – like those listed above.

If you are interested in getting involved to contribute your experience and expertise, please send us a note at or simply post a message in the ODC community forum on IAAP Connections.

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