WeCo Senior Certified Test Consultant Appointed to Minnesota Assistive Technology Advisory Council

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WeCo Senior Certified Test Consultant (CTC) Bill Libberton, from White Bear Township in Minnesota, has been appointed to a position on the Minnesota Assistive Technology Advisory Council to assist in delegating funds to businesses using assistive technology.

Bill Libberton, seated in his wheelchair, along with other WeCo Sr. CTCs

Bill Libberton, seated in his wheelchair, along with other WeCo Sr. CTCs

One of the biggest challenges faced is in filling out online forms, such as job applications
Bill Libberton

Bill Libberton is one of WeCo’s Senior CTCs, responsible for heading up the tests that they run on both government and private business websites to determine the level of accessibility for disabled users. In addition to this, he will now have the responsibility of sitting on a council which helps determine how individuals and non-profit companies in Minnesota get government funding for assistive technology. He is already an expert in applying assistive technology to his own disability, since he uses it every day to access the computer.

Although Libberton only uses a simple keyguard and wireless mouse to help him access the web, he has a keen understanding of how fine motor issues affect one’s ability to access the internet. One of the biggest challenges faced is in filling out online forms, such as job applications. “My main problem would be websites that time out on me, because I'm a slow typer. When you’re filling in your job application or doing a test online, they often time out,” Libberton said when asked how his disability impacts his ability to access the internet.

In addition to his personal experiences, Libberton also brings a wealth of professional knowledge to his position on the council. As a Senior CTC for WeCo (the Wehrman Collaborative), Libberton is responsible for heading up teams of Certified Testing Consultants (CTCs) who evaluate websites for accessibility. When asked about his skill set, Libberton acknowledged that in addition a familiarity with computers and the internet, he also has an intimate knowledge of the types of assistive devices that people with mobility issues may use. As a result, it can be expected that he will be a great asset to the MN Assistive Technology Advisory Council during his two year appointment, which began earlier this month.

Based in St. Paul, Minnesota, WeCo is a mission-based, for-profit organization. While creating a strong accessibility learning environment for your organization, we also provide professional employment to people who live with disabilities. Considering that up to 80% of people in this group are either unemployed or employed below their education and capability levels, makes the work WeCo does even more uplifting and important. 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 MarketWatch Wall Street Journal, Google Finance and Tech{dot}MN. Find more about the company at theweco.com.

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