NGOs have the opportunity to create more welcoming and accessible website

Since 1998, the nonprofit organization Knowbility has been helping nonprofits, NGOs, charities and artists get new websites that are more accessible to all people, including people with disabilities. 

It is very important to have accessible website for NGO, because people with disabilities also want to donate, volunteer and otherwise support causes they care about. But if an NGO’s website isn’t designed to be accessible to them, they are left out – and that means leaving out potential donors, volunteers, clients, ideas, talent and more.

Knowbility’s programme OpenAIR is a global web accessibility challenge that pairs participating teams of web developers and designers with registered NGOs all over the world looking to create or improve their website. OpenAIR increases awareness of the tools and techniques that make the Internet accessible to everyone, including people with disabilities. This programme provides NGOs and artists with both a new, professionally-designed, accessible website that accommodates all visitors, and with expanded awareness about accessibility issues. Organizations get more than an improved website; it becomes a more welcoming place online – and offline as well.

The web designers in OpenAIR are professionals who want to apply their accessibility design skills to a web site for an organization doing good in the world. Each design team pays a small fee to participate, and commits to several hours of classes by Knowbility regarding the latest web accessibility tools and techniques. These design teams are mentored by leading experts in the accessibility field throughout their design time during OpenAIR.

The web page has full details on the benefits of participation, why every organization should make web accessibility a priority, what accessible design really means, and exactly what participation looks like for a client organization.

If you decide to participate, all you have to do is fill out the registration form, and then you will receive a client needs survey to complete.