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About A-11-Y

A-11-y South-Africa is the only dedicated accessibility consultancy in South-Africa.
All our trainers, consultants and developers are members of the international association of accessibility professionals and internationally accredited in their respective fields.

Our mission is to bring accessibility at scale from South-Africa to the rest of Africa and the world.
We believe that knowledge impowers people and to bridge the massive knowledge gap in this field, we aim to assist, mentor and train at least one accessibility professional in each country of the continent by the end of 2025.
Not only do we train accessibility professionals as part of our training of the trainer program but also training of accessibility champions in organizations and governments.

We do ground-breaking work in the training of persons living with disabilities in the use of assistive technology such as screen readers, magnification, eye tracking devices etc.
What make our training stand out above the rest, is the fact that we deliver training remotely, and at very affordable rates.
We truly wish to leave absolutely nobody behind!

What do we do?
We aim to bridge gaps!
1. The accessibility gap between software and users of assistive technology.
2. The gap between designers, software developers, architects, builders, owners of public facilities and training providers, and users of their products and services.

How do we bridge those gaps?
1. By providing, one-on-one or group training in the use of software with their respective assistive technology.
2. By the providing of training, coaching, and mentoring of providers of products and services to improve accessibility for all the users of that product or service.
3. By the providing of affordable, comprehensive digital accessibility test reports on websites, documents, and other electronic publications.
4. By always raising the accessibility bar by conducting research to find ways to make assistive technology work better and more affordable.
5. By conducting accessibility assessments of the highest quality in the built environment.

A-11-Y South-Africa aims to harness existing technology, such as opensource libraries, free assistive technology and the experience of persons living with disabilities to bring cost effective, affordable, and sustainable accessibility and usability test reports from South-Africa to the rest of Africa and the world.

Ninety-seven percent of websites have accessibility and usability problems and will stay so unless website owners and content creators can find a sustainable solution to assist them to address the current issues on there websites and other electronic publications.
Not only does the cost of assistive technology creates significant barriers for persons living with a disability, low bandwidth, inaccessible content, and lack of knowledge form part of the ever-increasing gap that exclude the most vulnerable among us from freely participate in society.

We aim to bridge this gap by partnering with technology giants, to stand on their shoulders, to utilise existing systems to create a platform containing low-cost, high-quality accessibility reports of all known websites, prioritizing websites in low to middle income countries. The more accessible a website is, the more users, especially users of low-cost devices, will be able to use, operate and understand the content. We believe that the need for reasonable accommodation reduces as electronic content become more accessible. This project aims to assist website owners with a highly affordable comprehensive report with clear remediation advice in understandable language on demand.

• Development, hosting and rollout of a search engine-based automated accessibility testing platform.
• Marketing, delivery and support of automated test reports on demand.
• Development, hosting and rollout of a training platform for accessibility professionals.
• Development, hosting and support of a training platform for users of assistive technology that use Microsoft products such as office365, Microsoft narrator and magnifier.

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