G3ict Announces the DARE Academy Scholarship Fund. Apply now!

Americas, July 23 2021

The DARE Academy Scholarship Fund is G3ict’s pilot program dedicated to opening new potentials for persons with disabilities who are interested in and passionate about advocating for digital accessibility and to get certified as professionals in the field.

If you are interested in getting certified as an accessibility professional, you are welcome to benefit from our recently launched DARE Academy Scholarship Fund. A program that is dedicated to opening new potentials for persons with disabilities who are interested in and passionate about advocating for digital accessibility and to get certified as professionals in this field. This scholarship fund will enable potential candidates to have free access to G3ict’s International Association of Accessibility Professionals’ education material and examination process in partnership with Princeton University.


Background

The Scholarship Fund will enable potential candidates to have free access to G3ict’s International Association of Accessibility Professionals’ education material, developed in partnership with Princeton University’s Office of Information Technology, and examination process. Under the scholarship fund, G3ict offers 40 scholarships covering 100% of the costs of the IAAP-Princeton Course and CPACC Exam applicable in applicants’ countries of residence, to individuals representing or actively engaged with Organizations of Persons with Disabilities. The scholarships aim to support individuals from developed and emerging economies in gaining knowledge and professional credentials in digital accessibility relevant to their advocacy work.


Scholarship Objectives

This scholarship fund program initiative aims:

  • To make available to officers, advocates, and volunteers of organizations of Persons with Disabilities the same quality IAAP and G3ict training and certification resources than those available to private or public sector executives and academic personnel.
  • To enroll the support of G3ict scholarship awardees in promoting IAAP certifications in their advocacy work.

Purpose

Why a person engaged in digital accessibility advocacy should take the time to take the CPACC Preparation Course and Exam to become a Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC)? Why is it relevant to become informed, proficient in technology, innovation, and digital accessibility?

  • To better understand cross-disability digital accessibility challenges and opportunities.
  • To make their own organization more accessible.
  • To better negotiate with their own governments the availability of accessible products, content, and services for their own communities.
  • To join a global community of Digital Accessibility Champions sharing to this end know-how and good practices in advancing specific advocacy initiatives.
  • To strengthen their negotiation position with public and private sector representatives in committees and task forces developing or implementing digital accessibility policies and programs.

Program of study

The scholarship enables potential candidates with disabilities to enroll for the IAAP-Princeton University CPACC Preparation Course followed by taking the IAAP-Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) Exam.

  • The IAAP-Princeton CPACC Preparation Course is designed to cover the full CPACC Content Outline. With approximately 10 hours of course material and a sample exam (2 hours), the course should supplement a candidate’s focused study from the CPACC Content Outline and Body of Knowledge. The course is hosted on the IAAP Open edX LMS. Learn more about taking the Princeton CPACC Preparation course.
  • The IAAP-Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) credential is IAAP’s foundational certification, representing broad, cross-disciplinary conceptual knowledge about 1) disabilities, 2) accessibility and Universal Design, and 3) accessibility-related standards, laws, and management strategies. Relevant domains for the CPACC credential include the web and other digital technologies, architecture and the built environment, consumer and industrial design, transportation systems, and any domain in which thoughtful design, policy, and management can improve access for persons with disabilities. The CPACC Exam is a computer-based exam with 100 multiple choice questions and a two-hour exam administration (additional time may be requested as an accommodation). The CPACC is the ideal credential for those who manage and support accessibility, but who may not personally design, implement, or evaluate the technical details of accessible solutions. Learn more about CPACC.

Benefits

In addition to being awarded a scholarship to get certified as an accessibility professional, awardees also receive:

  • Access to the IAAP Membership for one year that consists of individuals and organizations representing various industries including the private sector, government, nonprofit, and educational institutions.
  • Free registration for the G3ict’s DARE Academy Webinar Series on Digital Inclusion. The series of webinars, based on findings of the DARE Index, are dedicated to contributing to the documentation process of countries’ best practices for ensuring the availability of a reliable and comprehensive source of educational references and awareness raising tools in the arena of digital accessibility and inclusive ICTs.
  • An opportunity to participate in G3ict’s DARE Academy Global Network of Digital Accessibility Champions. The network is open for persons and organizations who are involved in areas of advocacy, awareness raising, knowledge development, and policy making around issues and strategies of inclusive ICTs.

Eligibility

To be considered for the DARE Academy Scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be a person with disability.
  • Have the minimum of secondary education degree and be a minimum of 18 years to apply.
  • Be working or actively engaged in the field of digital accessibility.
  • Demonstrate a passion for promoting the rights of persons with disabilities in ensuring digital accessibility.

Selection Criteria

Based on the DARE Academy Scholarship Fund Program’s purpose of enhancing opportunities of digital accessibility right education among persons with disabilities, the DARE academy chooses to use several criteria for selecting potential successful scholarship candidates.

  • Priority to be given to applicants coming from developing countries and indigenous communities,
  • Priority to be given to underrepresented groups of persons with disabilities,
  • Ensuring gender balance among selected criteria,
  • Ensuring the inclusion of youth with disabilities.

Important Dates and Scholarship Award Process

The available 40 scholarships are offered in two cycles, and twenty scholarships are available in each cycle.

  • Cycle 1: Between July 2021 through September 2021
  • Cycle 2: Between October 2021 through December 2021

Scholarship Granting Decision Process

Applications will be reviewed, and the decision will be made, by a jury consisting of representatives of major international organizations of persons with disabilities as well as disability and development organizations. Selected candidates to be granted scholarships shall receive an e-mail notification explaining the next steps of how to receive their scholarship vouchers and start their certification process.


How to Apply

Applications are processed by the G3ict’s Institutional Advocacy Division. If you are interested in submitting your application, please complete the Digital Accessibility Rights Education Academy Scholarship Fund Program Application.

  • Applicants must ensure all information provided is accurate and in aptly detailed. All questions and fields indicated with an asterisk sign (*) are required.
  • The deadline to submit your application to be considered in Cycle 1 of the scholarship is August 15, 2021 (11:59 p.m. New York time).

For any questions or further clarifications, please email us at dareacademy@g3ict.org

Related links: About the DARE Academy | Webinar Series | Global Network of Digital Accessibility Champions

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