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IAAP Chief Accessibility Officer (CAO) Initiative

An IAAP Taskforce and Community of Practice (CoP) is being established to promote the development of a Chief Accessibility Officer (CAO) Micro-Certification. Below are ways you can get involved.  

CAO Taskforce

IAAP is seeking a small group of current or past CAO's to explore the development of a Chief Accessibility Officer (CAO) Micro-Certification.  IAAP needs strong, dedicated members.  Time commitment is estimated at 8-12 hours per month.  Below is information and terms of the Taskforce. 

Taskforce Chair: Jodie Greer, IT Accessibility Lead at Shell International
Taskforce Co-Chair: Neil Milliken, Global Head of Accessibility at Atos
Taskforce Time Frame:  October 1st, 2019 through March 31, 2020 

Taskforce Members will:  
  • Participate in bi-monthly development meetings. 
  • Support the development and distribution of a multi-sector global survey. 
  • Participate as a guest author, reviewer or editor. 
  • Engage in the creation of the draft CAO Micro-Certification Body of Knowledge. 
  • Participate as a presenter or blogger in the development of a 3-6-month CAO Webinar Series.  
  • Participate in a one-day event hosted at the M-Enabling Summit in Washington, DC in June 2020.

Community of Practice (CoP) Design and Deploy

IAAP is seeking a group of interested Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to expand on the Taskforce work with a goal on designing a CAO CoP to support the Micro-Certification and professional development.  Time commitment is estimated at 6-8 hours per month for three months.

CoP Members will:   
  • Provide expertise in the designing of the core principles and topics for the community. 
  • Contribute and engage in the Community through facilitating online discussions, responding to discussion threads, posting relative resources and blogging.   
  • Participate in meetings throughout the first 6 months of the launch phase (one max. per month).  
  • Participate and promote the Community through meet-ups, and conferences/events. 
**Please note that Taskforce members and CoP members are required to be an IAAP Individual Professional Member or an Organizational Member employee

Get Involved – Don’t Sit on the Sidelines

Corporations, government agencies and universities are moving forward with the creation of executive level positions to oversee all aspects of accessibility throughout their organization. How are those functions organized, what is their primary focus, how can they best influence the different divisions and activities of their organizations?  

The IAAP CAO Global Initiative will explore certification, professional development and resources to support heads of accessibility of leading corporations committed to accessibility. 

Sign up to participate on the CAO Taskforce or the CAO CoP

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