WeCo Puts a Face on Website Accessibility Testing

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Website accessibility testing is not just automatic checkers anymore. Meet the WeCo Certified Test Consultants - user experience testers who live with disabilities, who use that experience to test web site accessibility, and are now featured on the new Certified Test Consultant Profile Gallery.

Sr. CTCs Nina, Bill and Nicky pose for a picture after receiving their St. CTC pin recognizing their work and time put into testing websites for accessibility.

WeCo Sr. Certified Test Consultants

...look out cyber-world and get out of our way.

Until recently, the choice for website accessibility testing has been limited to automatic checkers; however, now there are more options. WeCo has assembled, trained and now manages a team of Certified Test Consultants—user experience testers who live with disabilities, and who can use that experience to test web site accessibility. They are featured in the new Certified Test Consultant Profile Gallery.

WeCo is a business where the physical and cognitive challenges people live with can create opportunities to educate and improve access to information, products and services. Individuals living with disabilities become experts at access simply by navigating technology in their day-to-day lives. WeCo’s Certified Test Consultants all live with one of the four major disability classifications including sight, hearing, mobility and cognitive disabilities.The Certified Test Consultant (CTC) Profile Gallery showcases each member of the team with a photo and a short profile. Sixty percent of WeCo CTCs have a technical or college degree with some holding Masters degrees. These CTCs have found it difficult to find work at the level of their education.

The WeCo Certified Test Consultant career translates into an exciting opportunity for people who may have been overlooked by traditional work environments. WeCo considers this talented group of people their best-kept trade secret.

Each CTC has a personal and social reason they are helping WeCo test websites for accessibility—reasons beyond the legal ramifications of Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 standards compliance. Lynn Wehrman, Founder and CEO of WeCo, describes the strength of the CTCs thusly: “Each member of the team is strong enough to figure out how to get through their day in an able-bodied world, so look out cyber-world and get out of our way.”

Register for the webinar, E-World of People Living with Disabilities, offered September 24, 2013, to interact with CTCs directly. WeCo CTCs will be part of a panel to discuss the unique challenges they face accessing electronic information and to offer accessibility solutions that work well for them. For further information about the WeCo CTCs, the Test Consultant Career or to set up an interview with a CTC, contact Toni Grundstrom, WeCo Director of Public Relations. 855-849-5050 ext. 5

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 living with disabilities are either unemployed or employed below their education and capability levels, the work WeCo does is 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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