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KNOWBILITY INC

Creating a more inclusive online world for people with disabilities.

aka Knowbility   |   Austin, TX   |  http://www.knowbility.org

Mission

Knowbility's mission is to create an inclusive digital world for people with disabilities. We are committed to the idea that everyone - regardless of disabilities - has a right to equal access to the technologies that drive participation in education, employment, and consumer, civic, and social activities.  We provide awareness, training, advocacy, and consulting services in support of our mission. We work in consultation and collaboration with schools, community technology centers, and with business and government agencies to ensure that people with disabilities are empowered to fully participate as both consumers and producers within digital information systems that drive inclusion in the modern world.

Ruling year info

1999

Principal Officer

Ms. Sharron Rush

Chair - Board of Directors

Ms. James Green

Main address

1033 La Posada Drive Suite 307

Austin, TX 78752 USA

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EIN

74-2902291

NTEE code info

University or Technological (B43)

Management & Technical Assistance (P02)

Disabled Persons' Rights (R23)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

AIR - the Accessibility Internet Rally

AIR is an award-winning annual competition that recruits teams of web professionals to design and deliver websites for small nonprofit and non-governmental organizations that serve community needs as well as artists. Volunteer teams are trained in accessible design techniques that make websites more usable for people with disabilities. During the eight week build period, teams and their "clients" are coached by experienced digital accessibility mentors. Accessible websites allow everyone, including people with disabilities, to access online content and become more socially and economically integrated into our digital world.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adults
Artists and performers

AccessWorks is a usability testing service that focuses on the insights of digital technology users with disabilities. We operate a database of adults with disabilities who want to give feedback on their experiences with technology by participating in digital usability testing. We also support clients of all sizes in test development, facilitation, and analysis. Our program has a twofold mission: to study real world experiences with technology to make it more accessible for everyone and to provide supplemental income to individuals with disabilities.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

K12 schools are legally mandated to educate children with disabilities in the most inclusive setting possible and to provide assistive technology (AT) to students who need it.  Studies have shown that when given the appropriate AT, students with disabilities can greatly improve their learning outcomes.  Most teachers and school based staff, however are not trained in the assessment and implementation of AT.  The K-12 Access Toolkit addresses this need. For example, the ATSTAR series of teacher training modules provide online just in time methods for general educators to learn about and apply assistive technology.
 
Our core program is a series of online teacher training modules with supporting expert videos. The course is revolutionary in that it brings assistive technology expertise directly into the school and into the classrooms of individual students. ATSTAR and additional tools in the toolkit prepare instructional staff at the school level to conduct assessments, collect data, and integrate assistive technology into the educational process. The program provides a network of ongoing support as educators learn to use technology to include students with disabilities in classroom learning activities.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities

AccessU is a training conference that teaches digital accessibility, usability, and inclusive design skills to anyone. Whether attendees participate onsite or online, AccessU is an environment of learning, exploration, creativity, and connection. By attending AccessU, thousands of developers, designers, administrators, policymakers, business leaders, and others are equipped with the knowledge to make digital spaces more accessible for their stakeholders.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Seniors

Where we work

Awards

Individual Outstanding Service in Fostering Digital Inclusion 2010

City of Austin GTOPS

Digital Inclusion Award for Outstanding Service in providing Digital Opportunities to the Disabled 2010

City of Austin GTOPS

Community Collaborator Volunteer Award 2010

Governor Perry

Employer of the Year 2010

Texas Rehabilitation Association

Nonprofit Innovation 2000

Peter Drucker Foundation

Purpose Prize Winner 2023

AARP

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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KNOWBILITY INC

Board of directors
as of 03/16/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. James Green

JP Morgan Chase

Bob Regan

Bill Gates Ventures

Frances West

FrancesWestCo

Hugh Forrest

SXSW Interactive

Albert Swantner

BetterLeave

Aimee Roundtree, PhD

Texas State University

Caleb Watson

JPMorgan

Tonya Browning

JPMorgan

Adam Swick

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes