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Re: Seeking feedback on IAAP certification roadmap

From: Charles McCathie Nevile <chaals@yandex-team.ru>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:33:46 +0200
To: "Paul Bohman" <paul.bohman@deque.com>, accessys@smart.net, "J. Albert Bowden" <jalbertbowden@gmail.com>, "W3C WAI ig" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>, Tony.Jasionowski@us.panasonic.com
Message-ID: <op.xd3bakriy3oazb@chaals.local>
On Thu, 10 Apr 2014 03:31:35 +0200, <Tony.Jasionowski@us.panasonic.com>  
wrote:

> Folks,
> There is a wide variation between ADA, CVAA and other international
> accessibility laws, which may not be harmonized. I suggest IAAP should
> focus onto the U.S., since it may be too difficult to encompass
> international certification.

To focus on US *legal requirements* would, in my opinion, be a very  
short-sighted approach. I have already said why I think  getting heavily  
into legal training and certification is something to do carefully, and  
probably somewhat "superficially" if at all. To only consider US  
regulation worth learning about would be a grave disservice to the  
industry.

While there is a wide difference in legal requirements, the technical work  
is the same. And many organisations who might hire accessibility  
professionals have ambitions to offer services outside the US, which  
increasingly means having to understand the collective mess of  
international requirements and how to meet the intersection of several  
sets.

Accessibility professionals (as opposed to the accessibility equivalent of  
burger-flipping human robots) need to understand more than today's  
particular local requirement, they need to understand accessibility, what  
it means for people and how to achieve it, and *then* how to apply that  
knowledge in the real world where competing requirements and budgets  
provide all kinds of interesting constraints and motivations.

cheers

Chaals

> Tony
>
> Tony Jasionowski
> Senior Group Manager Accessibility
> Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company
> Two Riverfront Plaza, 9th Floor
> Newark, NJ 07102
> Email: tony.jasionowski@us.panasonic.com
> Tel/Fax: 201-348-7777
>
>
>
>
>
>
> From:   Paul Bohman <paul.bohman@deque.com>
> To:     accessys@smart.net,
> Cc:     "J. Albert Bowden" <jalbertbowden@gmail.com>, W3C WAI ig
> <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
> Date:   04/08/2014 08:05 PM
> Subject:        Re: Seeking feedback on IAAP certification roadmap
>
>
>
> IAAP certification is not specific to any law, such as the ADA. It is for
> accessibility professionals in a variety of accessibility disciplines.
> Similarly, the IAAP is an international organization, not just for
> American laws.
>
> It's also important to separate the concept of courses from  
> certification.
> The IAAP will offer a variety of educational resources and opportunities
> which can impart the kind of knowledge necessary to pass certification,
> but the certification itself is an assessment; a test. The idea behind
> certification is to show that the individual has met a certain level of
> expertise in the field, according to industry-accepted competencies.
>
>
> Paul Bohman, PhD
> Director of Training
> Deque Systems, Inc
> www.deque.com
> 703-225-0380, ext.121
>
>
> On Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 7:55 PM, <accessys@smart.net> wrote:
>
> when I took the DoJ training back in 1992 they made it very clear that
> there was going to be no accepted "Certification" for ADA, so wonder how
> this sits with the DoJ position or has it changed???
>
> and how will it relate to DoJ training courses??
>
> Bob
>
> On Tue, 8 Apr 2014, J. Albert Bowden wrote:
>
> Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 19:47:40 -0400
> From: J. Albert Bowden <jalbertbowden@gmail.com>
> To: Paul Bohman <paul.bohman@deque.com>
> Cc: W3C WAI ig <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
> Subject: Re: Seeking feedback on IAAP certification roadmap
> Resent-Date: Tue, 08 Apr 2014 23:48:09 +0000
> Resent-From: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
>
>
> does it cost money to get certified?
>
>
>
> On Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 1:15 PM, 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:
>
>    1. What do you think of the roadmap overall?
>    2. What would you do to improve our roadmap?
>    3. What do you think of the *levels* of certification outlined in the
>    roadmap?
>    4. Are there any broad *Knowledge Domains and Roles* that we have left
>
>    off that should be included?
>    5. 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.)
>    6. 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)
>    7. Do you like the 3 year period for certification? Would you make it
>
>    shorter (2 years) or longer (5 years)?
>    8. 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.
>    9. Once certification becomes available, do you think you would go
>
>    through the process to become certified? Why or why not?
>    10. 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
>
>
>
>
> --
> J. Albert Bowden II
>
> jalbertbowden@gmail.com
>
> http://bowdenweb.com/
>
>


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       chaals@yandex-team.ru         Find more at http://yandex.com
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