Princeton staff in a wide variety of roles have earned professional certification in accessibility through the International Association of Accessibility Professionals. The University's training program develops staff awareness and competence in disability and accessibility so that IT, the physical campus, and services become increasingly accessible and welcoming to people with disabilities.
Staff who earn certification become part of Princeton's community of disability allies, and have regular opportunities to further their professional development and gather for events.
Improving the accessibility of information technology is work that makes a profound difference in people’s lives. Fully participating in modern life requires using IT: to attain an education, hold a job, manage everyday tasks, and forge social connections. I am proud to be part of a community of colleagues who are making the world a more just and inclusive place.
I heard about CPACC as a result of John Jameson doing an accessibility check on the Drupal site I built. I was surprised to learn that some of my linked PDF’s were not accessible so I took a LinkedInLearning course to learn more about Acrobat's Accessibility tools. I have a passion for the productivity tools in Word and spend every spring helping seniors use the tools in Word to be more productive when formatting their theses. So to see my work in Word be relevant to accessible PDF's sparked an interest in seeking out more information, which led me too Mary's accessibility courses in the spring in which she mentioned a certification path.
I love being a part of something bigger than myself and always strive to see the perspective of others. We all have unique needs for navigating the world and when we make it more accessible for more people, and when we think of being inclusive with easy to implement solutions, we all benefit.