Updating for Accessibility: 3 Tips for Website Redesign and Template Selection

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in Access Approved™, Access Awareness, Blog, General, Legal Awareness, News, Services, Updates | 0 comments

With fall upon us, many organizations are gearing up for new projects and initiatives.  If  a website refresh or redesign is among them WeCo's Accessibility Team, all of whom live with disabilities, recommends taking three simple steps before you begin:  Consider the Canvas: Just as a painter would select the best canvas for a masterpiece, before you begin consider the electronic canvas you'll be using for your website.  Whether you're...

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The Invisible Disability

Posted by on Mar 19, 2014 in News, Reasonable accommodation | 0 comments

People who meet me for the first time, or know very little about me, often tell me that they are very surprised to learn that I live with a disability. They are even more surprised to learn that my disability kept me out of the work force, and unable to interact effectively with others, for several years. That is not uncommon for those of us who live each day with some form of mental illness.  Because of the significant stigma surrounding the...

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Employment Challenges for People With Disabilities

Posted by on Oct 26, 2013 in Blog, General, News, Reasonable accommodation | 0 comments

By Billy Gomes, Test Team Management Assistant and Accessibility Specialist-in-Training As part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, WeCo is highlighting some of the challenges facing people living with disabilities regarding employment. With the current unemployment rate for people who live with disabilities at 14.1%, compared to the 7.1% unemployment rate for people who live without disabilities, it’s important to be aware of...

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Five Reasons Why Including People Living With Disabilities in your Workforce Creates a Positive Culture

Posted by on Oct 18, 2013 in Access Approved™, Access Awareness, Blog, Certified Test Teams, Featured, Gallery, General, Legal Awareness, News, Reasonable accommodation, Reasonable accommodation, Services, Updates | 0 comments

As the president of a company that is highly dependent upon the unique perspective and specific skills that result when people live with one or more types of disabilities, making reasonable accommodations is a part of my everyday work life.  At WeCo, accommodation is viewed as part of how we do business, rather than a way of providing special dispensation to someone who works for us. The result of the "business as usual" view we take of what is...

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Celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Posted by on Oct 7, 2013 in Access Approved™, Access Awareness, Blog, Certified Test Teams, Featured, General, Legal Awareness, News, Services, Updates | 0 comments

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month in the US.  As an employer, WeCo's Certified Test Consultant team includes individuals living with one or more type of disability recognized by the US Department of Human services: sight, hearing, motor skill and cognitive. Our internal staff is also made up almost entirely of people living with disabilities. (Currently, only one internal staff member does not.) Because WeCo's mission...

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WeCo joins celebration of ADA anniversary in St. Paul

Posted by on Jul 25, 2013 in General, News | 0 comments

This week marks the 23rd anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which guarantees equal access to major aspects of mainstream life that had previously been denied to many people living with disabilities. In recognition of this milestone, communities all around the country are holding events to honor the impact this law has had on so many lives. In St. Paul, a coalition of local, state, and federal accessibility...

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