Be the Fireman and Not the Cop

Laying the Groundwork for Online Accessibility Success in the Enterprise Environment

Picture yourself driving down the highway. As you round the bend, ahead you spy a police car on the shoulder of the road. What’s the first thing you do?

If you are like most of us, you instinctively remove your foot from the gas pedal. It doesn’t matter if you are doing the speed limit or not; you just don’t want to deal with the officer—“Nothing good can come of that,” you tell yourself.

Now contrast that with the scenario of your house on fire (God forbid). In this case, while the majority of people are running away from the fire, the fireman is standing right there beside you, ready to help extinguish the flames. At your time of need, the fireman is there for you, with no judgment, to help you with the immediate problem. And the rest of the time? The fireman is focused on fire prevention.

If you’ve been tasked with “getting accessibility implemented” within your organization, your approach matters. Be the fireman, not the cop!

Sounds interesting? Read the full article in Amnet’s Thought Leadership series – “Be the Fireman and Not the Cop”.

In this article you will get to learn a whole lot of aspects about web accessibility such as:

    • The current problems related to web accessibility
    • Tackling the resistance for change in organizations
    • Tackling cultural challenges
    • Tackling the cost question and much more!

About the Author

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With a proven track record of success and practical experience going back to 1999, John Foliot is an internationally recognized web accessibility and web standards expert. He has previously provided digital accessibility consultation services to government agencies, educational institutions, and private sector Fortune 500 companies in both Canada and the United States.

An accomplished public speaker with over two decades of instructional training experience, John has also delivered web accessibility training and seminars across the United States and Canada, both remotely and in-person. His current focus of expertise is predominantly in enterprise-level strategic approaches to digital accessibility and conformance.

Additionally, John is a significant contributor to multiple digital accessibility standards at the W3C, where he has been an active contributor for over 15 years. His current contributions include work on WCAG 2.2 and WCAG 3.0 as well as contributing to specifications related to personalization, pronunciation, and being an active member of the ePub Working Group.