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The Accessibility Internet Rally (AIR) is a global web accessibility competition produced by Knowbility. The award winning program pairs teams of web professionals and web design students with nonprofit groups. The teams compete to create accessible new sites or improve the accessibility of existing sites for nonprofit groups and artists.

AIR raises accessibility awareness and imparts valuable new skills to participating teams while providing community connections with profound, far-reaching impact. To learn more about how you can participate, visit AIR-Rallies.org.

Professional Web Developers and Designers

In a 2018 survey of 60 tech leaders from a broad range of companies and public sector organizations, more than half of respondents confirmed that their current staff members do not have the skills needed in order to meet their organizations’ goals. It was “difficult or very difficult” for their organization to find job candidates with accessibility skills– and 0% felt it was easy (PEAT.org).

The AIR program is a unique, one-of-a-kind web design challenge that:

  • Provides web developers and designers with expert accessibility and inclusive design training (valued at $1,500 and available up to a year from the start of the AIR program)
  • Pairs you with an industry expert who mentors you on a weekly basis for the duration of the AIR program
  • Helps you prove learned proficiency via the nonprofit website project - illustrate digital project management skills in your portfolio as well as your new accessibility skills!

Where else can you learn advanced skills, participate in creative challenges, and make the world a better place all at the same time? Visit AIR-rallies.org to register for AIR 2019 and learn more about how the program not only improves your life, but the lives of everyone who uses the internet.

Who else can participate in AIR 2019?

EVERYONE! We all have a role to play in making the web a more inclusive place for people with disabilities. Are you a nonprofit, professional web team, university, or state agency? We’ve saved you a seat! Act fast - only 24 spots are available. Are you ready for lift-off?

Universities

What Richard Schwerdtfeger, previous Knowbility Board Chair calls “the first international, hands-on accessibility technology training program” has become a formative experience in producing the next generation of accessibility leaders.

The goal of this competition is to give students a firm footing in accessibility training to expand their portfolios. As Kisha Cormier from the Visual Communication department at Lonestar College says, “the AIR event provides students a real world experience and allows them to exercise their knowledge in web creation, work with a real world client, and learn more about building accessible websites.”

Nonprofit Organizations

If you are looking for making your website accessible to everybody, participate in AIR and receive a low-cost, professionally designed, accessible website!

Interested in updates about AIR?

If so, subscribe to our email list. We’ll deliver all you need to know in bite-sized electronic packages straight to your inbox.

I keep in touch with a couple of team members weekly via phone meetings, and we have an email chain going. We’ve had zero communication issues to say the least. They are working very hard on the website and I’m impressed so far. I’ve gotten a design proposal, wire frame, and most recently a loose mock up with multiple logo choices. My team is awesome!

Jessy Wayles, Shoreline Restoration Coordinator working for Marine discovery center.

Our mentor has been a great mentor from Day 1 and has always made time for us and taught us a lot on accessibility. Our NPO was able to make time for us and was helpful at the right time. It was a great learning experience for us and we are looking forward to make more sites accessible in the future (be it NPO/ our clients).

Shashidhar Ganesan, Software Development Manager at MicroAssist

What does it take to participate in AIR and become an accessibility superhero?

Don’t worry, there’s no cape required. Tights optional:

  • Passionate about making a difference: Help non-profits, create inclusive content, empower everyone to access the web.
  • Eager to learn: You’ll receive amazing training and support: prepare to be challenged!
  • Ready to level up: You don’t mind getting a little glory for your skills and your team.

Contact information

For more information please send us an email air@knowbility.org or visit https://air-rallies.org/.