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Cognitive Accessibility Community Group

Mission

The mission of the COGA Community Group is to work with and support the Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility (COGA) Task Force  to improve web accessibility for people with cognitive and learning disabilities.

This group supports the COGA Task Force by supplying user needs and feedback.

Scope
The COGA Community Group’s work will include:
- Sharing challenges when using the web and other digital displays
- Suggesting user needs
- Helping with research
- Suggesting ways to improve accessibility for the community
- Reviewing COGA’s drafts
- Outreach and collecting feedback from the community
- Helping with policy and the business cases for COGA guidance
- Having open meetings to discuss these points
Open meetings may be live video conferences or in other discussion formats

Participation

You do not need to be an expert in all topics related to cognitive accessibility to join the community group. The COGA Community Group will work in smaller groups for specific subjects, giving you the opportunity to participate on the topics you choose.

The COGA Community Group will also work together on some topics, brainstorming and building a community dedicated to improved access for all.

Anyone can join this group as long as they follow the community guidelines.

However, the community group will specifically benefit from including:
- people with learning and cognitive disabilities,
people with mental health challenges,
- caregivers, therapists and people who work with people with learning, cognitive challenges and in mental health,
- researchers,
developers, quality assurance professionals, and user interface experts,
industry, looking to share and support ideas, and
policy makers.

Additional details of participation
- Joining the COGA Community Group does not involve joining the COGA Task Force.
- If you would prefer to join this group anonymously, please send an email to ran@w3.org.
- The community group will not publish specifications, but may make suggestions to the COGA taskforce.
- For more information about community groups, please visit Community and Business Groups Frequently Asked Questions.
- Short link to this document: bit.ly/coga-community

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Next meeting reminder, September 23 and 28 (27 in California)

Thank you to everyone who joined our first meetings two weeks ago! We had excellent initial conversations (documented as best we could in our meeting notes), and are looking forward to our upcoming meetings this and next week.

Reminder: first meeting, Group A timezone, Thursday, 9th September, at 9am Eastern Time

Looking forward to our very first meeting with Group A!

Meeting Details

First meetings for the COGA Community Group

We are excited to schedule our first meetings!

In an effort to accommodate as many people, across as many time zones, as possible, we’ve decided to start off with two meetings instead of one. 

Please plan to join whichever one is best for you.

Our first meetings 

  • Group A: Thursday, September 9 at 13:00 pm GMT
  • Group B: Tuesday, September 14 at 1:00 am GMT (note that this is Monday evening in some time zones)
  • I’ve attempted to list out what these times are in a range of time zones in our agenda document

Details, including the agenda, can be found here:bit.ly/coga-community-agendas
Everyone has comment access, so please feel free to recommend additions (and suggest corrections if I got timezone conversations wrong).

Call for Participation in Cognitive Accessibility Community Group

The Cognitive Accessibility Community Group has been launched:


Mission

The mission of the COGA Community Group is to work with and support the Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility (COGA) Task Force  to improve web accessibility for people with cognitive and learning disabilities.

This group supports the COGA Task Force by supplying user needs and feedback.

Scope
The COGA Community Group’s work will include:
– Sharing challenges when using the web and other digital displays
– Suggesting user needs
– Helping with research
– Suggesting ways to improve accessibility for the community
– Reviewing COGA’s drafts
– Outreach and collecting feedback from the community
– Helping with policy and the business cases for COGA guidance
– Having open meetings to discuss these points
Open meetings may be live video conferences or in other discussion formats

Participation

You do not need to be an expert in all topics related to cognitive accessibility to join the community group. The COGA Community Group will work in smaller groups for specific subjects, giving you the opportunity to participate on the topics you choose.

The COGA Community Group will also work together on some topics, brainstorming and building a community dedicated to improved access for all.

Anyone can join this group as long as they follow the community guidelines.

However, the community group will specifically benefit from including:
– people with learning and cognitive disabilities,
people with mental health challenges,
– caregivers, therapists and people who work with people with learning, cognitive challenges and in mental health,
– researchers,
developers, quality assurance professionals, and user interface experts,
industry, looking to share and support ideas, and
policy makers.

Additional details of participation
– Joining the COGA Community Group does not involve joining the COGA Task Force.
– If you would prefer to join this group anonymously, please send an email to ran@w3.org.
– The community group will not publish specifications, but may make suggestions to the COGA taskforce.
– For more information about community groups, please visit Community and Business Groups Frequently Asked Questions.
– Short link to this document: bit.ly/coga-community


In order to join the group, you will need a W3C account. Please note, however, that W3C Membership is not required to join a Community Group.

This is a community initiative. This group was originally proposed on 2021-08-09 by Rain Breaw Michaels. The following people supported its creation: Rain Breaw Michaels, Pablo COCA, Rachael Bradley Montgomery, Luce Carevic, Kari Daggs. W3C’s hosting of this group does not imply endorsement of the activities.

The group must now choose a chair. Read more about how to get started in a new group and good practice for running a group.

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If you believe that there is an issue with this group that requires the attention of the W3C staff, please email us at site-comments@w3.org

Thank you,
W3C Community Development Team