Leading figures in accessible IT have set up a group called the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP).
The lobbying organisation has seven founding members: AbilityNet, Adobe Systems, Ai Squared, Avepoint, AT&T, IBM, Interactive Accessibility, Microsoft, Nomensa, SSB BART Group and The Paciello Group.
It is chaired by Microsoft’s accessibility guru Rob Sinclair, with Nigel Lewis of the UK charity AbilityNet as vice chair. Rob Barrett of Lloyds Banking Group is also a member of the organisation’s interim board.
The mission of the IAAP is to “define, promote and improve the accessibility profession globally through networking, education and certification in order to enable the creation of accessible products, content and services”.
The IAAP has yet to set up its own website, but interested parties can sign up to receive regular bulletins by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.