Best Practice Guide – Accessibility Training for IT Professionals
Why should we make everyone learn about accessibility? Traditionally, if accessibility was considered at all, it has been seen as the responsibility of a particular individual or team who developed the specialist knowledge required. In fact, it is best practice to make sure that everyone is aware of accessibility requirements, whatever their job role.
The alternative is that when one person picks up on the need, they have to kick it back ‘up the chain’ for accessibility to be built in at the point(s) it was missed. Double-handling is never a good policy, and universal accessibility awareness will help to avoid that.
It is true that not everyone needs to develop an in-depth understanding of all aspects of accessibility provision. What they should have is an understanding of how their own role can impact the accessibility of the organisation’s products, and where to go for help in making that a positive impact.