The International Association of Accessibility Professionals, which wants to transform accessibility into a globally recognized profession, will launch in March, reports Rob Sinclair, Microsoft’s chief accessibility officer.

“So far, accessibility has developed at a grassroots level, hindered by an inconsistent approach to training as well as the absence of certifications and an established career path for engineers to follow from higher education into the workplace,” he writes on the Microsoft Accessibility Blog.

The new association hopes to change all that by creating a global community for those working in accessibility to share their expertise and resources, Sinclair says. He is also president of the association, and Microsoft is one of 23 founding member organizations from five countries.

The association plans to develop training materials, webinars and other educational resources to help professionals gain more expertise.

“Perhaps most importantly, the association is an effort to create a stronger sense of profession in a field of frequently self-taught practitioners,” Sinclair writes

To read the full post and learn more about the association, head over to the Microsoft Accessibility Blog.

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Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff