[community] Accessible web development / design - request for quotes

Jacqueline Wallace jacqueline.wallace at concordia.ca
Wed Jul 29 18:23:39 UTC 2020

Hello everyone,

I'm a newbie to the list -- thank you to Jutta for the invite. Looking forward to being active in the community.

As part of an Entente-Canada-Quebec grant called eAccess: increasing accessibility in digital learning environments in post-secondary in Quebec, we are looking for an accessible web developer / designer to make us a beautiful web site that is optimized for accessibility. All the details are below and in the attached accessible PDF. The grant is held by Dr. Sandra Gabriele, Vice-Provost, Innovation in Teaching and Learning at Concordia University.

If anyone from this community or your wider networks (please share!) are interested, be in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

Feel free to reply to me directly with any questions.

Many thanks,



eAccess is a multi-year grant funded by Entente-Canada-Québec with the mission to increase accessibility in digital learning environments in post-secondary education in Quebec. It is a partnership between Concordia University, Bishop’s University, McGill University, Dawson College, and CEGEP à Distance. We are seeking bids for Web Development Services from vendors or freelancers with deep expertise in designing for accessibility.

We’re looking to achieve a beautiful, interactive and engaging website that is also optimized for accessibility. The site will host a series of newly-created learning modules; a digital certificate program; a knowledge forum of resources, a blog, and possibly digital events (previous accessXchange event site here<http://www.accessxchangeforum.com/>); and other pertinent components as our main platform.

Working in collaboration with the Project Lead and other key stakeholders in project, the Web Developer vendor/freelancer will have:

Minimum Core Knowledge:

  *   Proven experience in accessible web development, ideally with an existing CMS (Wordpress, Wix, Squarespace) that can be handed-off to a content manager
  *   Excellent understanding of design principles to achieve a beautiful and accessible site
  *   Knowledge of accessibility best practices for UI design, implementation, and testing, including effective use of alt text, captions, transcripts, and colour contrast
  *   Expert knowledge of WCAG 2.0 and Québec’s SGQRI 008 2.0<https://www.tresor.gouv.qc.ca/fileadmin/PDF/ressources_informationnelles/AccessibiliteWeb/standard-access-web.pdf>
  *   Knowledge of accessibility features across a full range of operating systems and browsers
  *   Knowledge of a range of assistive technologies and devices (E.g. NVDA, VoiceOver, JAWS, others)
  *   Experience with automated accessibility checkers and remediation
  *   Ability to work with Storyline files
  *   Excellent project management skills
  *   Strong oral communication skills
  *   Strong ability to translate technical aspects of web development and accessibility features to stakeholders
  *   Ability to work with IT services or other departments, if necessary
Additional Skills:

  *   Experience with disabled users, disability communities and discourses
  *   Functional knowledge of ATAG 2.0<https://www.w3.org/TR/ATAG20/> and UAAG 2.0<https://www.w3.org/WAI/standards-guidelines/uaag/#user-agent-accessibility-guidelines-uaag> specifications
  *   Networked with the global accessibility community
  *   Qualitative research background (user studies)

Project Timeline and Quote Submission:
Please submit a detailed quote indicating services, resources, timeline and links to work samples by August 10th, 2020
Project completion: October 31, 2020

Please email Jacqueline Wallace, Project Lead, at jacqueline.wallace at concordia.ca<mailto:jacqueline.wallace at concordia.ca>

Jacqueline Wallace, PhD
Project Lead
eAccess: Increasing accessibility in digital learning environments in post-secondary in Quebec
Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic
Concordia University, Montreal

+1 514 443 0360

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