Published Press Clippings

Carroll Center for the Blind’s IT consulting practice gets a partner - 10-14-2013

“The Carroll Center, based in Newton, has been offering this consulting service for about a year but last week announced a partnership with WeCo, a Minnesota-based company that develops website content for people with disabilities. Through the partnership, the Carroll Center will continue offering its consulting analysis and WeCo will be able to make the necessary modifications so that client websites are accessible. …”

WeCo Puts a Face on Website Accessibility Testing  9-10-2013
Virtual Strategy Magazine

GovDelivery Receives Independent Accessibility Certification From the Wehrman Collaborative (WeCo) – 7-9-2012

Use of WeCo’s Access Approved(TM) Logo Reinforces GovDelivery’s Continued Commitment to Product Accessibility and 508 Compliance

 

GlobeNewswire (via COMTEX) – 7-9-2012

GovDelivery and the Wehrman Collaborative, LLC (WeCo), an accessibility testing organization, announced today that GovDelivery has been granted a limited right of use of WeCo’s Access Approved(TM) logo. This recognition illustrates that GovDelivery meets WeCo’s user-experience standards of accessibility for all people, regardless of their disability.

 

WeCo Rethinks Accessibility By Design – 1-11-2012

During your daily Internet activities you will pass over thousands of hidden coded lines — HTML, JavaScript, CSS, you name it. If you are a developer, you know what it looks like and how to use it, but you might have overlooked an important detail: not all visitors are created equal.

 

The WeCo Collaborative: Accessibility for the Digital Age – 8-15-2012

Many people think about Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance in terms of handrails, curb cuts, ramps and parking spaces, but when it comes to computer technology, meeting existing ADA standards is not as clear-cut. As computer use by individuals with disabilities continues to rise, WeCo, a St. Paul- based user-experience testing firm, is helping their clients navigate the slippery slope of inclusive design one line of code at a time.

 

Press Releases

Archived Press Releases 2011. 2012

WeCo: Put People to Work – 2013 Word Doc.
WeCo: Put People to Work - 2013 PDF

Build a Business Case for Website Accessibility - 2013 Word Doc.
Build a Business Case for Website Accessibility - 2013 PDF

Professional Careers for People With Disabilities Developed by Promotions at WeCo – 2013 Word Doc.
Professional Careers for People With Disabilities Developed by Promotions at WeCo - 2013PDF 

 WeCo Puts a Human Face on Testing for Website Accessibility and Is Adding Testers to Meet Demand - 2013 Word Doc
WeCo Puts a Human Face on Testing for Website Accessibility and Is Adding Testers to Meet Demand2013 PDF

 WeCo Offers Careers to Professionals with Disabilities - 2013 Word Doc.
WeCo Offers Careers to Professionals with Disabilities - 2013 PDF

 WeCo Showcases Two Forms of Testing for Website Accessibility - 2013 Word Doc.
WeCo Showcases Two Forms of Testing for Website Accessibility - 2013 PDF

 Webinar Highlights Why Disabled End-users Need Website Accessibility 2013 Word Doc.
 Webinar Highlights Why Disabled End-users Need Website Accessibility, pdf.-2013 PDF

Website Accessibility Section 508 Refresh in Progress: Government Agencies Face Clear Choice- 2013 Word Doc
Website Accessibility Section 508 Refresh in Progress: Government Agencies Face Clear Choice - 2013 PDF

For-Profit and Non-Profit Organizations Join Forces to Meet Legislation-Driven Demand for Accessible Websites - 2013 Word Doc
For-Profit and Non-Profit Organizations Join Forces to Meet Legislation-Driven Demand for Accessible Websites - 2013 PDF

Individuals with Disabilities Test for Website Accessibility, Usability and Functionality - 2013 Word Doc.
Individuals with Disabilities Test for Website Accessibility, Usability and Functionality - 2013 PDF


 

Press Release

 

Contact: Toni Grundstrom
Public Relations Liaison, WeCo (The Wehrman Collaborative)
toni@theweco.com

October 14, 2013

For Immediate Release

WeCo, a business that hires individuals with disabilities to test for website accessibility (Certified Test Consultants), announced today it is introducing the new “Access Check-In” website accessibility testing service. Subscribers to the Access Check-In service can submit individual pages of their online project onto WeCo’s Access Check-In form and have one Certified Test Consultant (CTC) check the accessibility, usability and functionality of their website and/or electronic documents.

Individuals with Disabilities Test for Website Accessibility, Usability and Functionality

Minneapolis, Minnesota 2013

WeCo announced today it is introducing the new “Access Check-In” website accessibility testing service. This service is designed to give content managers and development staff access to WeCo user-experience testers (CTCs), real people who live with one or more of the four major disability classifications (sight, hearing, mobility and cognitive disabilities), to check the usability and functionality of websites and electronic documents during the development process. Such agile development is responsive to user feedback, and guides changes in an informed manner. This new website accessibility testing service also allows development teams to learn and experiment with what works and what does not–an especially important process when answering questions related to website accessibility.

When websites and electronic documents are developed without considering the needs of disabled users, they become difficult or impossible for these people to access. This may lead to legal and public relations ramifications. Lynn Wehrman, WeCo CEO, explains that “most organizations want to create websites and software that are easy for people living with disabilities to access.  They just aren’t sure if what they’ve created is accessible or not.  WeCo’s new Access Check-In service is a quick, low-cost way for web or software staff to ask one of our CTCs if what they designed works for them.”

The types of projects that work well with the new Access Check-In website accessibility testing service include new and redeveloped webpages to check the links as they are developed, website documents such as PDF, Word, Power Point and Excel, online forms, webinar and online presentation formats and software products.

Access Check-In website accessibility service assists developers in catching potential mistakes by testing small changes as they are made, and provides website development staff with functional training in website accessibility by making fixes as they are needed. Questions about this new service can be discussed with WeCo Accessibility Specialists. They can assist customers in determining which disability classification might be best for them based upon their website or project. For example, if a web page has a large number of images, maps, tables or charts, WeCo Accessibility Specialists would recommend that the customer request one of our CTCs who lives with a sight-related disability and uses screen reader software. This targeted information gives website development staff the confidence that their final product will be accessible.

For more information on WeCo’s new Access Check-In website accessibility service contact Toni
Grundstrom, WeCo’s Director of Public Relations at 855-849-5050, ext. 5 or toni@theweco.com.

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 Product Awards

GovDelivery, Incorporated Digital Communication Management Solution

GovDelivery/WeCo coverage in July 2012 Wall Street Journal MarketWatch

 

Business Testimonials

“I brought Lynn (President of WeCo) on board to help GovDelivery test our products for 508 Compliance and Accessibility. Lynn and her team got the requirements from us and delivered a very professional report with the results. Her testing philosophy of using testers that have accessibility disabilities is by far and away the best way to conduct this type of testing. Lynn is an expert in this area and she provides a great service to all of those companies who need their products tested for Accessibility”. October 1, 2012 - Terry Werk, Senior Quality Assurance Manager at GovDelivery

 

“Thank you for hosting the training session today. It was eye-opening and insightful, and a nice balance of theory, legality, technicality, and practicality. It was nice to meet you and Chad (WeCo Accessibility Specialist). I look forward to working more with you over the next few weeks/months.” – March 20, 2013 – John Mindiola III, Designer and Educator at Twin Cities Tech

“It has been very educational working with you and your team. Your company provides an excellent service to the web community. I will certainly mention you to any friends and colleagues tackling accessibility in their work.” May 2, 2013 – John Mindiola III, Designer and Educator, Twin Cities Tech

 

“I highly recommend WeCo’s services on this. At Authenticity Consulting and the Free Management Library, we didn’t know about 508 compliance until a customer asked us. We are impressed with the services and information that Lynn and her team provided.” July 12, 2013 – Teri McNamara, Owner/Operator at Authenticity Consulting, Inc.

 

“I would like to thank and recommend Lynn Wehrman and her team of accessibility specialists at WeCo for the wonderful “Automated Testing Review Report” prepared for the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s website designer/developers team on October 1, 2013. Lynn and her staff provided us with a preliminary website review on ten URLs of our choice from our Internet website which included site-wide issues, accessibility features present, gaps, warnings and strengths. The “Automated Testing Review Report” was prepared by Lynn Wehrman and Lead Accessibility Specialist Chad Miller and I recommend their automated testing with live testers to all website owners who plan on being proactive with accessibility and its possible legal ramifications. The report was extremely professional and thorough.  The report hit key areas that, despite our best effort for years, alerted our web designers/developers to key accessibility issue. I deeply appreciated Lynn’s compassionate understanding and insight regarding moving processes through state government and assisting in increasing our awareness and strategy in website accessibility. She is truly passionate about website accessibility and provided me the opportunity to broaden the conversation within my state agency to the importance of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the changes that are expected to incorporate WCAG 2.0 and human-based accessibility testing. Lynn was invited to present at our Digital Media Developers Group on November 7, 2013 for the State of Missouri and we appreciate her willingness to prepare a presentation to assist and move accessibility in the right direction. We are so very grateful there are passionate people like Lynn Wehrman with years of experience moving website accessibility forward.” 11-8-2013 Bonita Fouts – Computer Information Technology Specialist , Missouri State Highway Patrol

Conference Appearances

2013 appearances will be updated as they become available.

Minnesotan Government IT Symposium – December 4-6, 2012
“Accessible from Authorship Document Professional Development” Course

DEED UI Annual Conference – October 3-4, 2012

“What Did You Say?: Communication Skill Course for Telecommunication Professionals” Course

2012 MinneWebCon – April 16, 2012

“The E-World of People Who Live With Disabilities” Presentation

2011 MN IT Symposium

Articles

ADA Civil Rights Case Involving Netflix Settles – Word Doc.

ADA Civil Rights Case Involving Netflix Settles – PDF