WeCo Launches: Help Create Jobs and Improve Web Access for People With Disabilities

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People who live with disabilities rely heavily on the internet, but most websites aren’t accessible to them. WeCo hires people with disabilities to help organizations make their web sites accessible, creating jobs and improving access.

WeCo Certified Test Consultant Training for Section 508 Compliance Testing

WeCo Certified Test Consultant Training for Section 508 Compliance Testing

"If it is to be, it is up to me", says Lynn Wehrman, Founder of WeCo and a disabled woman executive. "I know how difficult it is for a disabled person to find employment and am proud that WeCo provides sustainable emploment for people with disabilities."

WeCo, a mission based, for-profit company, is comprised of employees and contract workers (Certified Test Consultants – CTCs) all of whom have disabilities. WeCo is launching “WECO: HELP CREATE JOBS AND IMPROVE WEB ACCESS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES” to raise operational funding to keep growing until our client base can build and our product concept catches on.

WeCo trains people to work as Certified Test Consultants, not just to deliver powerful user-experience testing services to our clients, but to help them develop as confident, effective professionals.

CTCs act as user-experience testing experts for websites and software for compliance with Section 508, ADA and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). WeCo’s Accessibility Test Platform is based upon the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) promoted by the US Federal Government for compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) WCAG Guidelines and WeCo’s own internally developed Standards of Access, all of which focus on the Internet access needs of people living with disabilities.

WeCo is recognized by the State of Minnesota as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise. In WeCo’s first year in business they were featured in the MarketWatchWall Street Journal, Google Finance and Tech{dot}MN.

Find more information about the crowd-funding campaign at WECO: HELP CREATE JOBS AND IMPROVE WEB ACCESS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.

Based in St. Paul, Minn., WeCo is a mission based, for-profit organization. Founder Lynn Wehrman, a former web designer and content developer for the Minnesota Department of Transportation, worked as the accessible-communications specialist for the Minnesota DOT’s Americans with Disabilities Act Transition Plan, one of Commissioner Tom Sorel’s flagship initiatives. Find more information about the company and Certified Test Consultants at theweco.com.

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