Technology companies dedicated to accessibility have faced the common challenge of preparing designers, engineers and researchers to think and build inclusively. Similarly, academic programs in design, engineering and HCI [Human Centered Interaction] are seeking ways to better prepare students to address the needs of diverse populations.
Given this shared challenge, industry, academia, and advocacy organizations such as the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) have come together to create models for teaching and training students of technology to create accessible experiences.
The Teach Access initiative includes membership from the technology industry, faculty and others from leading academic institutions, disability and advocacy organizations, and other nonprofit institutions. See a list of members.
Teach Access has made great progress in bringing the teaching of accessible technology design and development to higher education institutions and classrooms across the country and is raising awareness through a number of exciting outreach opportunities.