IT-Accessibility Award Granted to Education and Health Care for Section 508/WCAG

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Disability-based testing firm grants award to education and health care organizations for accessibility to people living with disabilities based on Section 508 and WCAG criteria.

WeCo's seal contains the words "Access Approved" beneath the word "WeCo" and an image of a person seated in a wheel chair fashioned from the letter "o."

WeCo's trademark "Access Approved" seal is awarded to digital venues which meet accessibility requirements.

Education and health resources are essential to people living with disabilities and we are glad...to assist these organizations in making their resources more accessible to everyone...

The Wehrman Collaborative, LLC (WeCo) a testing firm which verifies IT-accessibility for disabled users by disabled users, has granted use of their Access Approved® logo to Mackin Educational Resources of Burnsville, Minnesota, for their MackinVIA digital resource management system and to the Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety of Minneapolis, Minnesota, for the "Own Best Medicine" website. Both organizations have met WeCo’s Standards of Accessibility®. WeCo Access Approved® logo is granted with limited use to organizations and companies whose websites and digital platforms conform to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) WCAG Guidelines and WeCo’s own Standards of Accessibility®. As a human-based testing firm, WeCo's Certified Test Consultants, all of whom live with one or more disability, conduct user-experience tests to verify websites, software, documents and other IT venues with the above standards and guidelines.

“Mackin Educational Resources is a respected force in the education industry and the Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety, is a progressive nonprofit that is bringing patient safety to the forefront,” commented Lynn Wehrman, President and founder of WeCo. “Education and health resources are essential to people living with disabilities and we are glad that we could help assist these organizations in making their resources more accessible to everyone, regardless of their disability."

Launched in 2011, Mackin Educational Resources’ MackinVIA allows simultaneous and easy access to all eBooks, audiobooks, video resources, and databases with one log-in. Used by thousands of schools and students, the free MackinVIA digital resource management system provides educators and students a refined and easy to navigate tool to manage all their school’s digital resources.

The Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety is made up of more than 100 organizations in the healthcare field working to improve patient safety. It has developed a public education campaign called “You: Your Own Best Medicine,” which educates patients about simple steps they can take to stay healthy and safe. The website tested by WeCo, ownbestmedicine.mn, is one element of that public education campaign.

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ABOUT WECO
Based in Minneapolis, Minn., WeCo is a mission-based, for-profit organization founded in 2011 by a group of citizens and professionals who worked on government communication accessibility issues. WeCo's mission is to foster accessibility to online environments and to heighten public awareness regarding the capabilities of people who live with disabilities while promoting their financial independence. Fostering the accessibility of web sites, and other electronic formats, for disabled users, WeCo provides professional opportunities to individuals living with disabilities, a population which is often overlooked by traditional work environments and encounter an unemployment rate that averages as high as 80%. WECO, ACCESS APPROVED, and the WECO logos, are trademarks of WECO. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

For more information, contact Rose Martin at WeCo Public and Media Relations at: 855-849-5050 x709 or rose(at)theweco(dot)com or visit theweco.com

ABOUT MACKIN
For more than 30 years, Mackin Educational Resources has provided library and classroom materials for grades PK-12. Known the world over for exemplary service and a stringent attention to detail, Mackin has access to more than 18,000 publishers and a collection of more than 3.5 million printed titles. Additionally, Mackin features a robust selection of more than 300,000 eBook titles and databases and close to 50,000 audio books and video resources available through their state-of-the-art eResource management system, MackinVIA.

For more information, contact Troy Mikell at 800-245-9540 or troy.mikell(at)mackin(dot)com    
or visit mackin.com

ABOUT MAPS
The Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety is a statewide patient safety coalition founded in 2000. MAPS members include more than 100 organizations, including health care associations, health care organizations, consumers, employers, health plans and state agencies and boards.

For more information, contact Joe Loveland at 651-248-8534 or joe(at)lovelandcommunications(dot)com or visit mnpatientsafety.org

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