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2018 Conference Accessibility Initiative

For the third consecutive year, the World Institute on Disability (WID) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. partnered with several civil rights and community development organizations to highlight conference accessibility.

Much like in 2016 and 2017, WID and JPMorgan Chase achieved this by providing accessibility enhancements, such as sign language interpreters, open captioning, accessible transportation, rented mobility devices, sighted guides, scholarships for Disability Ambassadors, and a disability concierge desk, as well as support and training for conference organizers, hotel staff, and A/V teams.

WID was delighted to partner again with captioner, Deanna Baker, who helped us ensure thousands of people experienced open captioning for the first time in 2016 and thousands more in 2017!

Organizations Served in 2018

If you haven’t already, be sure to visit our main Conference Accessibility Initiative page to learn more about our initiative.

PolicyLink

Enjoy some photos from the event.

 

Association for Enterprise Opportunity

“Attending the conference was yet another unexpected and wonderful opportunity I had on my professional journey as an actor, activist and entrepreneur.”-Diana Jordan

Read about the experience in the words of our AEO Disability Ambassadors.

And enjoy some photos from the event.

 

NeighborWorks America

“The NTI was a great networking opportunity and allowed me to hear concrete examples of great work going on in communities across the country.”-Allison Lourash

Read about the experience in the words of our NeighborWorks Disability Ambassadors.

And enjoy some photos from the event.

 

Center for Financial Services Innovation

“By exposing other people to new points of view and difference in capabilities, I hope to have educated and pushed individuals to think more about individuals with disabilities in the world of fintech and finance!”- Ray Parker

Read about the experience in the words of our CFSI Disability Ambassadors.

And enjoy some photos from the event.

 

National Fair Housing Alliance

“My early conferences were inaccessible, and the self-advocacy required to gain access was exhausting. Knowing that the 2018 conference was fully accessible to me provided me with the relief and clarity I needed to fully participate in and be a part of the conference.”- Megan Confer-Hammond

Read about the experience in the words of our NFHA Disability Ambassadors.

And enjoy some photos from the event.

 

Florida Housing Coalition

“The Disability Ambassador program allowed me and many in my same demographic to have a voice and advocate equal access and opportunity.”- Jose Morales

Read about the experience in the words of our FHC Disability Ambassadors.

And enjoy some photos from the event.

 

Prosperity Now

“Whatever action or inaction is made by the private and public sectors to address financial insecurity, the disability community will be majorly impacted. Therefore, it is vital that our voices are included in the conversation now and not after policy is in place.”- Sara Joehnk

Read about the experience in the words of our Prosperity Now Disability Ambassadors.

And enjoy some photos from the event.

 

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

“I am hopeful that my inclusion and participation in this conference will help me be more aware of the social and political issues that we face as people of Hispanic and Latin American Heritage.”- Alice Bruns

Read about the experience in the words of our CHCI Disability Ambassadors.

And enjoy some photos from the event.

 

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

“Disability is important in the African-American community because there are a disproportionate number of African Americans that have disabilities (and more severe disabilities) in comparison to other races and ethnicities.”- Tonya Bradley

Read about the experience in the words of our CBCF Disability Ambassadors.

And enjoy some photos from the event.

 

Upswell (Independent Sector)

Enjoy some photos from the event.

 

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2017 Conference Accessibility Initiative

For the second consecutive year, the World Institute on Disability (WID) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. partnered with several civil rights and community development organizations to highlight conference accessibility.

Much like in 2016, in 2017, WID and JPMorgan Chase acheived this by providing accessibility enhancements, such as sign language interpreters, open captioning, accessible transportation, rented mobility devices, sighted guides, scholarships for Disability Ambassadors, and a disability concierge desk, as well as support and training for conference organizers, hotel staff, and A/V teams.

WID was delighted to partner again with captioner, Deanna Baker, who helped us ensure thousands of people experienced open captioning for the first time in 2016!

Organizations Served in 2017

If you haven’t already, be sure to visit our main Conference Accessibility Initiative page to learn more about our initiative.

Photo Galleries by Conference

Center for Financial Services Innovation
June 14-16, 2017

National Council of La Raza
July 8-11, 2017

NAACP
July 22-26, 2017

National Urban League
July 26-29, 2017

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
September 11-12, 2017

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
September 20-24, 2017

Independent Sector
October 25-27, 2017

NeighborWorks America
December 11-15, 2017

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Wanted: User Testers

Are you a person with a disability who is interested in improving the accessibility of modern technology? If so, we would like to invite you to take our user testing survey so that you can start sharing your opinions and insights with WID.

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An accessibility tester in the WID lab | Photo by WID

What Is User Testing?

User testing sessions consist of users testing a product or service (e.g. a website or phone app) for a WID client who is interested in improving accessibility. WID researchers observe and ask testers for feedback as the testers use the product or service in order to gauge the level of its accessibility.

The client may or may not be present during sessions. Sometimes, clients observe remotely via webcam or phone. Note: All video and audio recordings are used solely for research purposes.

Sessions run anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes, depending on which testing round you have signed up for.

Upon completion of testing sessions, testers are compensated for their time in the form of a gift card or a check. Testers are paid $50 for every 30 minutes of testing time.

Why Should You User Test?

You are the expert in your accessible technologies! When people with disabilities participate in usability sessions, it allows for a demonstration of how their accessible technologies work in tandem with the client’s products and services. This provides insights to companies about their product’s accessibility that they may not come across otherwise. This research helps improve existing products and web environments and facilitates future production of products and services that are made with people with disabilities in mind from the beginning.

Where Do We User Test?

Our user testing sessions take place in the WID office’s user testing lab, which is housed inside of the universally designed Ed Roberts Campus at 3075 Adeline St., Suite 155 in Berkeley, CA (above Ashby BART station).

Who Should User Test?

We encourage people of all types of disabilities to apply to be user testers. Varying levels of technological experience are welcome, though, it is generally helpful when testers are generally familiar with website and mobile web navigation.

Part of user testing is identifying inaccessible elements, which means sessions can sometimes be challenging. Therefore, we are also looking for tenacious people who are willing to push through any road bumps during testing sessions. The more inaccessible elements you find, the more educational the testing session is for the client and the easier it will be for them to implement changes to improve accessibility down the road.  On that note, it is important for testers to understand that usability sessions are about testing the product or service and not the user tester.

Are you ready to user test with WID? Please sign up via our survey. We look forward to working with you!

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2016 Conference Accessibility Initiative

In 2016, the World Institute on Disability (WID) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. partnered with 10 civil rights and community development organizations to make 2016 the first year ever that conference accessibility had a national spotlight.

WID and JPMorgan Chase achieved this by providing accessibility enhancements, such as sign language interpreters, open captioning, accessible transportation, rented mobility devices, sighted guides, scholarships for Disability Ambassadors, and a disability concierge desk, as well as support and training for conference organizers, hotel staff, and A/V teams.

Also, be sure to read about our primary captioner, Deanna Baker, who ensured thousands of people experienced open captioning for the first time in 2016 and who will continue her great work with us as the initiative proceeds.

Organizations Served in 2016

If you haven’t already, be sure to visit our main Conference Accessibility Initiative page to learn about the conferences we partnered with in 2017 and 2018, as well as the conferences we’ll be partnering with in 2019.

Photo Galleries by Conference

National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), March 16-19

 

National Housing Conference (NHC), June 3

 

National Fair Housing Alliance, June 26-28

 

NAACP, July 16-20

 

National Council of La Raza (NCLR), July 23-26

 

National Urban League (NUL), August 3-6

 

Florida Housing Coalition (FHC), September 11-14

 

Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED), September 28-30

 

Opportunity Finance Network (OFN), October 24-27

 

NeighborWorks America Training Institute, December 12-16

 

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