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WAI: Strategies, guidelines, resources to make the Web accessible to people with disabilities

Participating in WAI

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The W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) provides an international forum for collaboration between industry, disability organizations, accessibility researchers, government, and others interested in web accessibility.

We encourage individuals and organizations around the world to participate in activities that help improve accessibility of the web. Some of the many ways that you can participate in WAI described below range from volunteering to implement, promote, and review guidelines; to occasional participation in an interest group; to dedicated participation in a working group.

If you have any questions about getting involved with WAI or would like more information, please contact Shawn at +1-617-395-7664 or shawn@w3.org.

Participating in Guidelines and Groups

See How WAI Develops Accessibility Guidelines through the W3C Process: Milestones and Opportunities to Contribute to learn how WAI works through a process designed to:

Reviewing Guidelines and Documents

WAI welcomes comments on documents at any time. Comments are handled differently depending on the stage of document development. See the "Feedback on Specific Documents" section of Contacting WAI for where to send comments.

One of the best times to comment on developing documents is during a formal period for public review. Calls for review of WAI documents are announced on the WAI Interest Group mailing list, W3C_WAI on Twitter, WAI on identi.ca, WAI Highlights RSS feed, and the WAI home page.

Submitting Techniques for Implementing Guidelines

WAI's Web accessibility guidelines have associated Techniques documents that tell you how to meet the guidelines, such as Techniques for WCAG 2.0. You can submit ideas for new or updated techniques. There is a form for submitting WCAG 2.0 Techniques. To submit techniques for other guidelines, contact the Working Group's Team Contact.

Participating in Interest Groups

The WAI Interest Group (WAI IG) is for general discussion and feedback on all areas of WAI's work. Most of the interaction within WAI IG is through the public mailing list.

Participating in Working Groups

Anyone can join a WAI Working Group public mailing list, or read the public list archives.

There are specific criteria for formally joining Working Groups, including requirements for participation and contribution. See the Working Group pages below to find what group best fits your interests, and to get information on participation and links to the mailing list archives.

Sponsoring WAI

WAI's work is supported in part by sponsorship from industry, disability, and government organizations interested in contributing to WAI's efforts to make the Web more accessible. Please see the list of current sponsors on the WAI home page, and Sponsoring WAI for more information on WAI sponsorship.

Promoting and Implementing Web Accessibility

Promoting Awareness

Implementing Guidelines

Encouraging Accessibility