Working Together for Global Accessibility

WeCo staff pose with six delegates; one staff member is in a wheel chair.

WeCo Accessibility Specialists pose with delegates from the United Arab Emirates, touring the US through the US Dept. of State’s International Visitor Leader Program.

WeCo’s mission includes global accessibility. We have implemented recent accessibility testing, training services and partnership activities with the following entities, organizations and companies.  As this list indicates, we welcome, and encourage, collaboration and partnership for creating a more accessible world, across businesses, industries and governments.

 

Advocacy and Nonprofit

Carroll Center for the Blind, Newton, Massachusetts

Equip for Equality and the Illinois Protection and Advocacy Agency of Chicago, Illinois

Great Lakes Americans with Disabilities Act Center, Chicago, Illinois

Minnesota State Historical Society, St. Paul, Minnesota

Vision Loss Resources of Minneapolis, Minnesota

Airlines

Air Tahiti Nu, Papeet, Tahiti

Chinese Eastern Air, Beijing, China

Sichuan Air, Chengdu, China

Travel Air Portugal, Lisbon, Portugal

Xiamen Airline, Xiamen, Fujiang, China

Advertising, Digital Design and Marketing

Colle + McVoy, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Creed Interactive, St. Paul, Minnesota

Idea Park, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Twin Cities Tech Connection, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Neka Creative, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Education and Learning

The Metropolitan Educational Cooperative Service Unit, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Knowledge Factor, Boulder, Colorado

Mackin Educational Resources, Burnsville, Minnesota

Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, Massachusetts

Fortune 500 Entities

The 3M Company, St. Paul, Minnesota (Manufacturing)

Deluxe, Incorporated, Shoreview, Minnesota  (Consumer Checking and Business Services)

Molina Healthcare, Long Beach, California (Medicare Division)

Government and Government Communications

US Department of State, Washington, D.C.

Minnesota International Center, Minneapolis, MN

GovDelivery, Incorporated, St. Paul, Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development,
St. Paul, Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Human Services, St. Paul, Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety, St. Paul, Minnesota

The Northwest Indiana Regional Bus Authority  of the Indiana Metropolitan Planning Organization, Portage, Indiana

Health Care

Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Publishing

Coffee House Press, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Quality Assurance

SiteImprove Quality Assurance, Minneapolis, Minnesota (Accessibility Division)

Retail Services

Lund’s Food Holdings, Minneapolis, Minnesota

What people are saying about us:

 

“On behalf of the Minnesota International Center and the U.S. Department of State, I would like to thank you for meeting with the visiting leaders from United Arab Emirates examining “Improving Services for People with Disabilities.”

I know they found it to be an informative experience for their understanding of American culture and different perspectives during their 3-week trip to the U.S. Their time with you was particularly helpful in understanding WeCo’s important mission through discussion and and demonstrations.

WeCo’s work to improve technological accessibility to those who are disabled is powerful and your determination to provide high quality user experience testing focused on how individuals living with disabilities interact with electronic formats and the internet is amazing.

Hopefully as they return to work in United Arab Emirates, they will be able to share some of the best practices and new perspectives they examined in Minnesota. We appreciate you sharing your experience and expertise, and hope you found it to be an enjoyable cultural exchange.”

-Courtney Renken, International Visitor Leadership Program Coordinator, Minnesota International Center 

“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”.  Terry Werk, Senior Quality Assurance Manager at GovDelivery, Incorporated

 

“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. 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.”  – 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.” – Teri McNamara, Owner/Operator at Authenticity Consulting, Incorporated

 

“I would like to thank and recommend Lynn Wehrman and her team of accessibility specialists at WeCo for the wonderful “Accessibility 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 report was prepared by Lynn Wehrman and their Lead Accessibility Specialist and I recommend their testing process, using live testers living with disabilities, to all website owners who plan on being proactive with accessibility and its possible legal ramifications. The report was extremely professional and thorough and 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.”  Bonita Fouts – Computer Information Technology Specialist , State of Missouri Highway Patrol