RE: Seeking feedback on IAAP certification roadmap


In the digital publishing space, "EPUB3 Best Practices" by Matt Garrish and Markus Gylling is available from O'Reilly. the "Accessible EPUB 3" also by  Matt is available as a free download from  and  EPUB 3 is based on HTML5, MathML, SVG, etc.   and is aligned with the open web platform. The two titles mentioned are aligned with WCAG 2.0, which makes it a consistent complement to WCAG.


-----Original Message-----
From: Lastort Joanne L [Contractor] [] 
Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2014 7:38 AM
To: Paul Bohman;
Cc: Bob carroll; J. Albert Bowden; W3C WAI ig
Subject: RE: Seeking feedback on IAAP certification roadmap

Most countries are aligning themselves with WCAG 2.0 - even the US (at least partially). That should help, if you're going to use any kind of standard.

Thank you for your help,

Joanne Lastort
IT Specialist
508 Program Office (IRAP) 
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-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Bohman [] 
Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2014 9:32 AM
Cc: Bob carroll; J. Albert Bowden; W3C WAI ig
Subject: Re: Seeking feedback on IAAP certification roadmap


I agree that localization of laws is complex, but IAAP is international, so we can't focus only on US laws.

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

On Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 9:31 PM, <> wrote:

 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. 
 Tony Jasionowski 
 Senior Group Manager Accessibility
 Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company 
 Two Riverfront Plaza, 9th Floor 
 Newark, NJ 07102
 Tel/Fax: 201-348-7777 
 From:        Paul Bohman <> 
 Cc:        "J. Albert Bowden" <>, W3C WAI ig <> 
 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 <> 
 703-225-0380, ext.121 <tel:703-225-0380%2C%20ext.121>  
 On Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 7:55 PM, < <> > 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??
 On Tue, 8 Apr 2014, J. Albert Bowden wrote:
 Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 19:47:40 -0400
 From: J. Albert Bowden < <> >
 To: Paul Bohman < <> >
 Cc: W3C WAI ig < <> >
 Subject: Re: Seeking feedback on IAAP certification roadmap
 Resent-Date: Tue, 08 Apr 2014 23:48:09 +0000
 Resent-From: <>  
 does it cost money to get certified?
 On Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 1:15 PM, Paul Bohman < <> > 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: <> 
 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
    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: <> 
 Paul Bohman, PhD
 Chair, IAAP Certification Committee
 Director of Training
 Deque Systems, Inc <> 
 703-225-0380, ext.121 <tel:703-225-0380%2C%20ext.121> 
 J. Albert Bowden II <> <> 

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