Companies including Facebook, Dropbox, Adobe, Yahoo and Microsoft are signing on to the new initiative dubbed “Teaching Accessibility.”
Specifically, the tech firms say that they will begin incorporating standard language within their job postings indicating that they prefer applicants with accessibility knowledge.
“The reality is that most recent graduates with computer science degrees do not have experience or appreciation for the need to build for disabled individuals. We recognize that we need talented engineers with experience developing accessible products to make our products available to everyone,” wrote Larry Goldberg, director of accessible media at Yahoo, in a post announcing the company’s participation in the effort.
In addition to businesses, the new collaborative also includes several universities and advocates at the American Association of People with Disabilities.
Stanford, Carnegie Mellon and a handful of other academic institutions are committing to better prepare their students to incorporate accessibility in engineering and design as part of the initiative.
“While making all tech products accessible is not mandated by law, Yahoo and our peers believe that it is simply the right thing to do,” Goldberg wrote. “We want to make sure that our users have equal access to the services we provide, whether or not they’re disabled.”
The announcement of the Teaching Accessibility effort comes just days ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which will take place on Sunday.