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Re: Seeking feedback on IAAP certification roadmap

From: Paul Bohman <paul.bohman@deque.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 10:12:19 -0400
Message-ID: <CA+20umFg+Gj8a9V0H3wsq3Gf66LKwJcOj5gNM8kK1NWaOD_kuA@mail.gmail.com>
To: Bob carroll <accessys@smart.net>
Cc: David Hilbert Poehlman <poehlman1@comcast.net>, "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Thanks, Bob.

You raise an important point. We definitely want to bring in people with
disabilities and make a concerted effort to not only make certification
available and accessible to them, but to promote certification as a way to
improve the employment profile of people with disabilities. Without a
doubt, people with disabilities are vital in the field precisely because
they are our target audience. They are the whole reason we're doing this.
We want to make life better for people with disabilities not only in terms
of the eventual output (a more accessible world) but also in terms of the
pathway to get there (increasing employment opportunities for people with

I can foresee the IAAP working closely with disability advocacy groups and
consumer groups to help people with disabilities receive training and
certification, because you're right that their experience is invaluable.

Paul Bohman, PhD
Director of Training
Deque Systems, Inc
703-225-0380, ext.121

On Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 8:20 AM, <accessys@smart.net> wrote:

> I see it often having the effect of driving away "consumers" who may not
> have the education credentials but have many years of llife experience that
> they bring to the table.
> and in other organizations (I was a charter member of one of them) I see
> it creating a "gathering of credentials" rather than a "Gathering of
> knowledge and experience"
> so I view almost all non governmental accedidation organizations with a
> very large grain of salt.
> Bob
> and since I retired last year I have no dog in this hunt. just 40 years of
> experience and work including crafting some of the regs that I wish to
> protect.
> On Wed, 9 Apr 2014, David Hilbert Poehlman wrote:
>  Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 02:46:33 -0400
>> From: David Hilbert Poehlman <poehlman1@comcast.net>
>> To: Paul Bohman <paul.bohman@deque.com>
>> Cc: "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
>> Subject: Re: Seeking feedback on IAAP certification roadmap
>> Resent-Date: Wed, 09 Apr 2014 06:47:05 +0000
>> Resent-From: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
>> Does this make our tools more effective and bring us closer to
>> accessibility?
>> --
>> Jonnie Appleseed
>> with his
>> Hands-On Technolog(eye)s
>> touching the internet
>> Reducing technologeyes' disabilities
>> one byte at a time
>> On Apr 8, 2014, at 13:15, Paul Bohman <paul.bohman@deque.com> wrote:
>> Cross posted request for feedback:
>> The International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) needs
>> your feedback on our roadmap for accessibility certification. Here is the
>> roadmap as it stands now:
>> http://www.accessibilityassociation.org/content.asp?contentid=163
>> We are still in the early stages of designing the certification, so your
>> feedback is most valuable now, before we commit to a certain path.
>> Here are some questions to consider as you read the roadmap:
>> What do you think of the roadmap overall?
>> What would you do to improve our roadmap?
>> What do you think of the levels of certification outlined in the roadmap?
>> Are there any broad Knowledge Domains and Roles that we have left off
>> that should be included?
>> Do you like our list of Digital Accessibility areas of certification?
>> Should we add to or subtract from this list? (For example, one person
>> commented that we should add gaming to the list.)
>> Do you like the idea of certifying for these areas separately, in a
>> modular approach as we have done? (See the section on Referencing IAAP
>> Credentials for an explanation of how this might work)
>> Do you like the 3 year period for certification? Would you make it
>> shorter (2 years) or longer (5 years)?
>> What kind of certification assessment would you create? Keep in mind that
>> it has to be a valid and meaningful test of the right kind of competencies,
>> it must be challenging enough that novices could not pass it without first
>> studying or gaining experience,  it must be scalable (not too burdensome to
>> administer or grade/score the assessment), and translatable into other
>> languages.
>> Once certification becomes available, do you think you would go through
>> the process to become certified? Why or why not?
>> What else should we consider as we move forward?
>> To give feedback, you can reply directly to this email, or you can send
>> an email to the certification committee: CC@accessibilityassociation.org
>> Paul Bohman, PhD
>> Chair, IAAP Certification Committee
>> Director of Training
>> Deque Systems, Inc
>> www.deque.com
>> 703-225-0380, ext.121
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