WeCo: Help Create Jobs and Improve Web Access for People With Disabilities

WeCo hires people with disabilities to help organizations make their websites accessible, creating jobs and improving access.
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Lynn Wehrman
Small Business
Saint Paul, Minnesota
United States
3 Team Members

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Thank you for visiting this page and we hope you get the information you need about our mission and goals. Review this 5-minute video and read the supporting information below.

If you have futher questions do not hesitate to contact us at theweco.com. We would like you to decide to make a donation which will help WeCo hire people with disabilities and reach our goal of an accessible Internet.

What is Web Accessibility?

Web accessibility allows people with disabilities to use the Web. It is a simple statement, but one with profound implications. People with visual, hearing, motor skill, and cognitive disabilities may interact with the Internet and electronic documents in different ways. Regardless of how people interact with the Internet, the goal is the same: equal access to equal information.

Users with visual impairments might use screen reading software to have web pages read aloud to them. Those with hearing impairments often need videos and other multimedia elements close-captioned for better understanding. People with motor skill impairments might use adaptive pointing devices in place of a standard mouse and keyboard. People with cognitive impairments might prefer to receive information in smaller sections.

The tools exist to make the Web accessible. Unfortunately, online content is not always developed with these tools in mind. Web accessibility standards exist to help deal with that problem. Guidelines such as Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines help web developers—and even ordinary bloggers—make information accessible to a wide variety of people.

At WeCo, we take these web accessibility standards, including standards we have developed through direct experience, and apply them to existing web sites and electronic documents. And we do it with actual disabled—human--testers. Automated accessibility checkers can’t replace real people doing real tasks.           

What YOU can do to further the cause of Web Accessibility

  • Learn more about it: Organizations like WebAIM and projects like the W3C – Web Accessibility Initiative provide a good overview of what web accessibility is, how it affects people, and how it can be improved.
  • Think about the websites and documents you use everyday: Do you find them straightforward and easy to use? Do they display an Accessibility Policy that outlines how they go about making content accessible to everyone.
  • Follow WeCo on the Web: Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter, and Visit our site. Even if you don’t have website in need of testing, stay up to date with WeCo as a show of support for web accessibility!

What WeCo wants to do about web accessibility

WeCo is a mission-based for-profit that hires people with physical and cognitive disabilities for user-experience testing.

At WeCo, we believe that:

  • people with disabilities make up the largest minority group in the world.
  • this group should no longer be ignored for employment opportunities or accessibility to the Internet.
  • individuals living with disabilities become experts at accessibility simply by navigating through their day-to-day lives.
  • employees with disabilities can use their expertise to help make websites and electronic communications more accessible for everyone.
  • our Certified Test Consultant (CTC) career translates into an exciting opportunity for people with a disability.
  • this talented group of people are WeCo's best-kept trade secret.

 

WeCo is in need of funding to:

  • keep us going until we can build our client base and our product concept catches on. 
  • continue to train our CTC's for professional growth.
  • assist us in paying our CTC's and staff at industry standards.
  • enable us to purchase necessary equipment and supplies for our CTCs.
  • continue creating professional opportunities for the CTCs.
  • grow our business so we can offer the CTC career to more job seekers with disabilities.

Click on the 'CONTRIBUTE NOW" button now.We appreciate donations OF ANY AMOUNT.

 

54 million Americans live with some kind of disability. Of those, up to 80% are unemployed, or working at jobs that are below their educational level.

Your donation supports the employment of disabled individuals 
who help make websites accessible.

WeCo’s Test Team of Certified Test Consultants are experts because they live with a disability. Combining the life-experience and unique problem-solving capability of these individuals with Web Standards training based on the World Wide Web Consortium's WCAG 2.0 Guidelines, the US Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and emerging European legislation, WeCo provides clients with a comprehensive picture of how accessible an online project may be to people who live with disabilities.

Supporting our Certified Test Consultants is the WeCo Advisory Board, made up of people who live with disabilities, and who also work in government and private industry. This group of entrepreneurs envisioned a company that would forge a positive partnership between disabled individuals, business and government, and WeCo has made great strides towards that goal. Our company has been recognized by the State of Minnesota as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and was featured in the Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch for our testing work with the government communications services specialists, GovDelivery, Inc.

There is more work to be done for WeCo to succeed in its mission of equal access for all and fulfilling employment for an often-overlooked segment of society. We need your help to do it.

What you can do to help WeCo 
provide user-experience website testing 
conducted by people living with disabilities.

 

Can’t contribute? You can still help WeCo improve Web accessibility for everyone.

Taking one or more of the following actions on behalf WeCo can help in place of a donation.


1. SHARE our Indiegogo link with everyone you know!

2. "LIKE” the WeCo (The Wehrman Collaborative) Facebook page and stay in touch!

3. FOLLOW us on Twitter: @WeCo5

4. Connect with Lynn Wehrman on LinkedIn

5. RECOMMEND us to your employer—or anyone else who could use our specialized services! We look forward to working with you.

 

Thank you for your support.

Thank you for your support.

Your donation will help WeCo create employment opportunities for people living with disabilities. They will work as user-experienced testers and accessibility experts who assist organizations in making their websites and e-documents more accessible for everyone.

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JUST THE FACTS

Your investment gives WeCo
the start-up money needed to test electronic data
and websites for accessibility.

                         54 Million Individuals Want to Access Your Website

You have a web presence, but is it accessible to all of your customers, regardless of their abilities?  Businesses may not realize that there is a niche target audience of 54 million disabled individuals in the U.S who may not be able to see, hear or navigate through their electronic communications when those documents are not accessible to everyone.

When websites are developed without considering the needs of disabled users, they become difficult, or impossible, for these people to access.  An inaccessible website can lead to legal and public-relations ramifications for your organization.                    

Laws Which Mandate Equal Access

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

“The ADA recognizes and protects the civil rights of people with disabilities...The ADA addresses access to the workplace (title I), State and local government services (title II), and places of public accommodation and commercial facilities (title III) “ (United States Access Board) A Guide to Disability Rights Laws,”  US Dept. of Justice

SECTION 508 REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973

“…requires that individuals with disabilities, who are members of the public seeking information or services from a Federal agency, have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to that provided to the public who are not individuals with disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed up the agency.” (Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973)
 Note: Any government entity or business that receives Federal dollars falls under the jurisdiction of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Support Employment
for Disabled Individuals
Who Assist in Making Websites Accessible


WeCo’s Team of Certified Test Consultants are experts because each consultant lives with a disability. They know the challenges that they meet every day which make them specialists in the field of access.

Combining the life-experience and unique problem-solving capability of these individuals with our training, WeCo provides you with a comprehensive picture of how accessible your project may be to people who live with disabilities.

 

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    WECO CERTIFIED TEST CONSULTANT PHOTO THANK YOU: A photo-thank you note featuring one of our testers at work, containing a hand-written thank you message by the individual, inside. Quantities of this unique gift are limited, so you'll treasure it, along with the satisfaction of your contribution!

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    FOUNDER SPEAKING SERVICES: Skilled and experienced public speaker, WeCo Founder and President Lynn Wehrman, could be a keynote focus at your next event! Your attendees will hear how WeCo was conceived and built, and learn how to apply the WeCo energy to your organizations! (Travel expenses not included / video conference option is available.)

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    STANDARD ACCESSIBILITY TESTING SERVICES: Have your web site(s) or software product(s) tested for access by eight people living with disabilities, two from each disability category. Uses Federal Section 508, Americans with Disabilities Act and WeCo Standards of Access--up to a $5,000 value!

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