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Knowbility, an international nonprofit based in Austin, Texas, has opened its annual call for nonprofits, NGOs, charities and others to participate in OpenAIR (Accessibility Internet Rally). OpenAIR provides nonprofits, NGOs, charities, schools and other mission-based organizations with both a new, professionally-designed, accessible website that accommodates all visitors, and with expanded awareness about accessibility issues. An organization gets more than a new web site; the organization becomes a more-welcoming organization online - and maybe offline as well.
This event is open to organizations world wide. People with disabilities want to donate, volunteer and otherwise support causes they care about. Like all people, they love the arts, animals, and the environment, they enjoy beautiful parks and fun outdoor activities, and they support these and a variety of other causes. But if a nonprofit's web site isn’t accessible to them, they are left out - and that means leaving out potential donors, volunteers, clients, ideas, talent and more. All of that changes when the organization participates in OpenAIR.The OpenAIR web site has complete information about this opportunity for nonprofits:https://air-rallies.org/This web site has detailed information on the benefits of participation, why every organization should make accessibility a priority, and exactly what participation looks like for a nonprofit.I would so appreciate it if you could let nonprofits you work with know about this opportunity. I am also available to answer any questions you or nonprofits may have, because... I'm the liaison for nonprofits for this event. (Really, really excited).
-=-=-=-=-=- Jayne Cravens Author, The LAST Virtual Volunteering Guidebook
Just want to give an update: Knowbility has 27 nonprofits and artists that have signed up to participate in OpenAIR2018 and get new web sites via this acclaimed hackathon, which takes place in February and March. There is room for a few more - but now, Knowbility is turning its attention to recruiting web design teams.
OpenAIR web design teams are volunteers that receive training and mentoring from some of the nation's most prominent web design accessibility experts as they design new web sites for participating client organizations and artists. Design teams have about five weeks after the start date on February 8, 2018 to create these web sites that comply with ADA and Section 508 standards. The training and mentoring that design teams receive is valued at over $4,000 - participating teams pay just $150.
Sites will be judged by Knowbility’s judging panel over an six week period (the nonprofits and artists get access to the designs to use on their own sites as soon as the design period is over, but the site a team designs is preserved for judging). Awards will be announced in May during Knowbility's AccessU accessibility conference.
Teams can be professional web designers, university faculty, university students - anyone who has designed web sites but wants to take their skills to the next level.
This is a great opportunity not only to get top-notch training in web design accessibility; it's also a fantastic opportunity to
After the competition, Knowbility also asks design teams to guide their client organization's through the process of replacing their current web site with the one the design team has developed, and to provide some initial guidance to the nonprofit in case they have any difficulties with their new site. This is not a requirement, but the guidance is greatly appreciated by the nonprofit clients (otherwise, the guidance will be provided by Knowbility).
The Accessibility Internet Rally (AIR) has been happening since the 1990s. It used to be an onsite hackathon, mostly in Austin, Texas, and the designs happened in ONE DAY - back then, the nonprofits didn't have web sites at all.
As frequently happens, some nonprofits are only now trying to sign up for OpenAIR. Registration closed January 1, 2018! So Knowbility has developed a page of recommendations for those nonprofits that want to make their web sites accessible but cannot wait until the next OpenAIR and also have very limited resources.
However, there is a need of one more team - one that knows how to design in Drupal. Visit the OpenAIR web site for more info and to register. The match day is Thursday, so please don't delay!
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