What we're about

Accessibility Twin Cities is designed to connect and support individuals who work in – or are even simply interested in – the field of digital accessibility and accessibility testing for organizations, businesses and government. Our goal is to give accessibility aficionados a chance to meet, share resources, and learn together. Content may be supplied through presentations given by members or guest speakers.

Meeting Content

Meetings will cover a range of topics that are pertinent to digital accessibility and testing.
This may include:

· Accessibility standards and laws

· Usability standards

· Testing techniques

· Client interaction/management

· Working in team testing environments

· Career development

Our Members

Anyone is free to join this MeetUp, but the group will reach out primarily to individuals who work with or are interested in digital accessibility as it pertains to users who live with disabilities.

Member Dues

There is an annual fee associated to membership of Accessibility Twin Cities Meetup. The fees help to offset costs of things such as event coordination, website management, closed captioning, virtual tools, facility use and refreshments.

Annual Membership Option

• Individual: $5.00 per year

• *Small Business: $250 per year (50 employees or less)

• *Large Business/Corporate: $500 per year (more than 50 employees)

Individual perks:

• Complementary meeting attendance

• Priority registration for all MeetUps and events

Business membership perks:

• All employees/contractors currently working for a business member receive above listed perks

• Logo on Meetup page

• Logo on presentation slides and meeting handouts

*If your company is interested in becoming a Business Membership Sponsor, please reach out to the ATC Meetup administrator at kelli@theweco.com

Per Meeting Option

$5 per meeting for onsite participants only, when onsite participation is available**.

Because the “per meeting” options cannot be managed through the MeetUp online system, please note these limitations to this option:

Perks are not available with the per meeting membership as the individual will not receive advance notice of the MeetUps through the MeetUp system in order to be given priority registration (or first notice of events) Online payment for MeetUps isn’t available for “per meeting” events, so member will be required to pay cash at the door. (There are several ATMs within walking distance of the T3 building

Each membership will come with a 60-day trial. Once the 60 days are up the annual dues needs to be paid or you will be removed from the group.

Save the Dates

ATC meets Monday evenings, six times a year in 2021:

· January 25th | Are Overlays Overbaked?

· March 29th | TBD

· June 7th | TBD

· July 26th | TBD

· September 27th | TBD

· November 29th | TBD


**In response to the COVID pandemic, onsite participation is not available until further notice.

All ATC Meetups will be live streamed through Zoom. Please note that if it is your first time using Zoom, you may need to download it in order to join the Meeting.

Videos of Past Events:

You can access recordings and transcripts from all 2020 events here:

https://theweco.com/accessibility-twin-citi... (https://theweco.com/accessibility-twin-cities-meetup-recordings/)

Do you have suggestions for topics, or are you interested in presenting to the ATC MeetUP membership? Contact MeetUp Organizer, Kelli Ryan at: kelli@theweco.com

Upcoming events (2)

Accessibility Inclusion and Understanding Cognitive Disabilities

Ever wonder why the needs of users who live with cognitive disabilities are often overlooked in the accessibility process? It's easy to focus on accessibility tools, such as screen readers, as the sole area of accessibility accommodation for websites. But thoughtful choices in design and content can reach the 15.2 billion people in the US living with cognitive disabilities.

Join us for a presentation and open discussion on how developers and content managers can factor in the needs of one of the widest disability classifications, with a common sense approach to inclusion.

Topics Covered:
1. Why is accessibility "tool focused" instead of "people focused?"
2. Cognitive disabilities and how they may impact computer use
3. Tips for cognitive disability inclusion in your projects
3. How usability is improved when cognitive disabilities are accommodated

Led by WeCo Founder and President, Lynn Wehrman, who grew up with two cognitive disabilities, in a family with generations of people living with cognitive disabilities. (Learn more about Lynn's story at: https://theweco.com/weco-story/ )

Other speakers to be announced.

If you'd like to join the list of presenters for this, or any other MeetUp or panel, or have any questions...
Please contact ATC MeetUp Coordinator, Kevin Symanietz to let him know that you're interested: [masked]

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

ATC November MeetUp

Needs a location

Topic is TBD...

If you'd like to join the list of presenters, or have any questions...
Please contact ATC MeetUp Coordinator, Kevin Symanietz to let him know that you're interested: [masked]

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Nov 29,[masked]:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Past events (36)

Introducing WCAG 2.2!

Online event

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