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Teach Access Inc

Teach Access envisions a future where technology is born accessible and inclusive for all.

aka Teach Access   |   Eaton Rapids, MI   |  https://teachaccess.org/

Mission

Bringing together industry, education, and disability advocacy organizations, Teach Access addresses the digital accessibility skills gap by equipping learners to build toward an inclusive world.

Ruling year info

2021

Executive Director

Kate Sonka

Main address

PO Box 266

Eaton Rapids, MI 48827 USA

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EIN

86-1697668

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Digital technology is an essential part of modern life and needs to be accessible and inclusive for everyone. Much of the technology being developed today is not designed with the needs of people with disabilities in mind, excluding them from opportunities and limiting their participation in many routine activities. Individuals and disability advocacy groups are working to ensure that technology companies are building accessible products. When technology is designed and developed to be accessible it can reduce barriers for people with disabilities, increasing opportunities to work, learn, communicate, and engage in daily life.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Study Away

The Teach Access Study Away program brings together students, faculty, and industry partners to explore the field of accessible technology design and development.

In addition to learning about accessibility, other goals of this learning program include: equipping students to be advocates and champions for accessibility; building and expanding students’ professional networks; learning about career paths in accessibility; and understanding work processes in the tech industry.

Population(s) Served

The Teach Access Student Academy is a FREE program consisting of virtual monthly webinars for students to explore various topics on disability and accessibility. It will be open to any students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a college or university and will be a great opportunity to learn about accessibility and network with a wide variety of people in higher education, industry, and advocacy organizations.

Population(s) Served

The Student Ambassadors Program engages students from across disciplines and institutions to learn about disability and accessibility, build a community of inquiry, and develop projects to advocate for accessibility in their institutions. The Student Ambassador Program is FREE and open to any students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a college or university. The program will have required sessions in the fall with additional engagement opportunities during spring.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Young adults
Young adults

Facilitated online course that introduces educators and administrators to basic concepts related to disability, accessibility, and Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Participants are guided through a series of learning resources, activities, and discussions to understand how these concepts intersect with their disciplines and roles in education. They also have the opportunity to apply the principles of accessible and universal design to their instructional practices.

Teach Access by Design is offered twice a year: The Fall cohort runs from September to November and the Spring cohort runs from February through April.

Population(s) Served

The Teach Access Fellowship Program engages educators and administrators to create purposeful communities of action for teaching accessibility and advocating for it. Over the course of a year, fellows are supported in learning how accessibility informs their practice, in teaching about it to others, and in strategizing for embedding it into the curriculum.

As a Teach Access Fellow, you will:

Learn from leading experts in accessibility and inclusion
Develop and implement innovative approaches to teaching accessibility in your course(s)
Collaborate with other educators to further advocacy, support, and work for teaching accessibility
Receive mentorship and guidance from professionals in academia and industry
Earn a $4,000 stipend to support your fellowship work
Join us in our mission to make technology and design more acce

Population(s) Served

To accelerate the creation and delivery of accessibility-infused college curricula, Teach Access provides monetary awards to higher education faculty to develop curriculum enhancements that introduce the fundamental concepts and skills of accessibility into their existing courses.

Population(s) Served
Academics
Academics
Academics

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students enrolled in service-learning courses

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Reaching one million students by 2030

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As of November 2023, our data indicates that we may have reached more than 415,000 students since 2018. We are so proud to be almost halfway to our goal of 1,000,000 students by 2030.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Over the next three years, Teach Access will focus across four priority areas to execute on our vision, mission, and theory of change:

Strengthen and scale our programs and our partnerships with students, education institutions, and bootcamps;
Curate a broad range of corporate partners and build strategic alliances to bolster organizational resources including domain knowledge, accreditation influence, and funding.
Develop an advocacy strategy to secure federal resources; and
Build a sustainable organization.

Teach Access’ membership model, ongoing partner engagement, and flagship programs, such as the Faculty Grants and Study Away, are essential to growing and strengthening a network of individuals and institutions committed to building an accessible world. Further, the programs are crucial to educating and equipping the next generation of technology workers with the skills and knowledge to close the accessibility skills gap in the technology industry. Currently, there are nearly 1,300 universities and bootcamps in the United States offering full-time computer science, computer engineering, user design, coding, and related programs. There are nearly 250,000 students graduating from these programs annually.

Investing in our work with faculty and higher education directly contributes to our effort to reach one million students over the next ten years. To accelerate our impact, we will invest in strengthening and scaling our programs over the next three years.

In 2015, individuals representing several technology companies and academic institutions founded Teach Access with the goal of making sure that the next generation of technology is born accessible. Teach Access envisions a fully accessible future in which students enter the workforce with knowledge of the needs of people with disabilities and skills in the principles of accessible design and development, such that technology products and services are born accessible.

Teach Access is an active collaboration among education, industry, and disability advocacy organizations to address the critical need to enhance students’ understanding of digital accessibility as they learn to design, develop, and build new technologies with the needs of people with disabilities in mind. Students in fields such as design, computer science, and human computer interaction can and must be better prepared when entering the workforce to create technologies that are truly inclusive—meeting the demands of technology users of all ages and abilities as well as meeting regulatory requirements. Only then will technology achieve its true potential for connecting and enabling everyone in the world.

To date, Teach Access has pursued this work through four key initiatives: 1) a faculty grants program, 2) an immersive student Study Away program, 3) the Teach Access tutorial: a set of best practices and basic training for accessibility, and 4) partnership with industry to influence hiring practices to include accessibility requirements.

Over the first five years, these initiatives provided proof of concept. Through targeting education institutions to provide opportunities for learners to gain accessibility skills, more candidates considering careers in technology are doing so with knowledge and commitment to designing and developing accessibly technology.

Looking to the future, it is clear that higher education and bootcamps will produce even greater numbers of graduates from technology disciplines. Similarly, industry will experience increasing demand for a workforce with accessibility skills and knowledge. These two trends suggest that the existing accessibility skills gap will only grow without intentional intervention. Teach Access is uniquely positioned to meaningfully address this market need and the following three- year strategic plan reflects the goals, strategies, and tactics Teach Access will pursue to accelerate progress toward its envisioned future, where everyone is aware and has the requisite skills to integrate accessibility and disability inclusion into technology design and development so that it is born accessible.

Relevant and visible industry partners
Involvement from technology leaders such as Facebook, Google, Verizon, LinkedIn, Apple, Intuit, Oracle, Microsoft, and Walmart cultivates greater interest and support for Teach Access’ work. It lends credibility to Teach Access’ efforts as a whole and draws student and faculty attention to accessibility issues and programs such as Study Away. Prioritization of accessibility efforts across industry leaders provides additional incentive for educational institutions to teach accessibility and for students to engage in the material.

Clear mission
Teach Access has a well-defined and clearly articulated mission. Teach Access fulfills a critical need for the communities which it serves and there is not another organization like it operating in the technology or accessibility spaces. Stakeholders understand and connect to the organization’s mission.

Productive and effective Executive Director
Teach Access has advanced its programming and internal operations in part through the hire of a part-time Executive Director. Having someone with dedicated time for this work has allowed for much-needed structural and internal process development. More than just adding the role, stakeholders consistently shared that Kate is a strong fit for the role, easy to work with, and a well-balanced leader.

Committed leadership team
The formalization of a committed group of leaders to serve as Teach Access’ executive committee was a significant step for the organization. The executive committee has been able to meaningfully move forward organizational initiatives while simultaneously navigating challenges and making bold plans for Teach Access’ future.

Highly respected subject matter experts
Many leading and influential voices in technology accessibility are involved and their knowledge helps shape Teach Access’ future impact. The involvement of these “all stars in the industry” brings additional highly specialized expertise and credibility from across the technology field to Teach Access’ work.

Unique student experience
Study Away provides a one-of-a-kind and profound experience for students, allowing them to connect with core issues in technology and accessibility, one another, and industry partners. Students identified that part of the strength of Study Away is the opportunity to spend time on the campuses of top tech companies, learn from experts, and build connections with individuals in the field. Teach Access is offering a unique value to those able to participate.

Meaningful cross-sector collaboration
Teach Access creates space for different players in accessibility to come together and collaborate. Teach Access allows accessibility advocates from academia, industry, and non-profits to meet and engage around a common goal with others with whom they may not have connected otherwise. Participating in Teach Access removes traditional barriers across sectors and allows for richer perspective and problem solving on multi-fa

How we listen

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Financials

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Teach Access Inc

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Laura Allen

Google

Sean Keegan

Stanford University

Larry Goldberg

Yahoo

Jeff Wieland

Meta

Yasmine Elglaly

Western Washington University

Jeff Wieland

Facebook

Meenakshi Das

Microsoft

Regine Gilbert

New York University

Lainey Feingold

Law Office of Lainey Feingold

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/7/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability