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Accessibility Professional Certification Grant Program call for applications

From: Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies

Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies’ Accessible Technologies group is now accepting applications for the Accessibility Professional Certification Grant Program. Grant recipients gain the opportunity to develop expertise and earn the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) certification.

Faculty, staff, and graduate students who want to gain cross-disciplinary knowledge of disabilities, accessibility, universal design, and the associated standards should apply for this grant. Past participants report that the program has provided them with the skills to produce high-quality work that meets the needs of a broad range of people with disabilities.

“Since completing the CPACC program, I have a better understanding of what it means to design accessible content,” said Brianna Saville-Reynolds, instruction and curriculum coordinator for financial management. “I have been able to share what I have learned with my team, and we have applied that to our design process to ensure all video content is captioned, all images have alternative text, and all visuals have correct color contrast. Not only has the CPACC program impacted my design process, but I have also become more cognizant of the needs of our learners. The CPACC program was truly an invaluable opportunity.”

CPACC is IAAP's foundational certification, representing broad, cross-disciplinary conceptual knowledge. Grant recipients receive membership in IAAP, exam prep training, and a waiver of exam fees. Training covers disabilities and assistive technologies; accessibility and universal design; and laws, standards, and organizational management. Cohort members will meet weekly via Zoom to review materials, ask questions, and see assistive technology demonstrations.

“Using participant feedback, we have continued to expand and refine the CPACC program in order to meet the evolving needs of our institution," said Mark Nichols, senior director of universal design and accessible technologies. "Now, everyone who completes the program receives the A11y Core (CPACC) VT micro-badge. Taking the certification exam from IAAP is optional.”

Learn more about the grant program and submit applications by visiting the Accessibility Professional Certification Grant Application web page. The deadline for applications is Feb. 6 at 5 p.m.

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