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APH ABIDE logo. Under the acronym ABIDE are the words "Accessibility. Belonging. Inclusion. Diversity. Equity." in APH branding colors of pomegranate, gold, green, purple, and teal. Introducing APH ABIDE

What is APH ABIDE?

Accessibility. Belonging. Inclusion. Diversity. Equity. These are the tenets that guide the work we do at APH. We believe in them so deeply that we have a created a department of dedicated individuals working to infuse these tenets into every aspect of our company. Led by Director, Tai Tomasi, the APH ABIDE Department hopes to increase awareness of accessibility and usability obstacles and teach others how to remedy those issues; highlight diverse trailblazers; help others understand why diversity and equity are essential; and foster a sense of belonging inhouse and throughout our community and the field of education.

 

Why is ABIDE so Important?

Regardless of one’s color, race, disability, gender, age, sexual orientation, nationality, or any other minority status, every person should have the same opportunities. Because of inequities and biases widely held in our society, not all groups have the same opportunities, and equity has not been achieved. We hope to shine a light on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion accomplishments and issues, both internally and in our broader community.

 

Join the Conversation

The APH ABIDE team hosts weekly virtual office hours on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 PM ET. Our office hours are open to APH employees, people who are blind and visually impaired, EOTs, and anyone working in the field of education for people who are blind and visually impaired. We’ve been meeting with APH employees to answer their questions about the ABIDE mission, any day-to-day usability issues, and to have an open forum where questions can be asked in an accepting, warm environment. If you’re reading this blog, you’re part of our community, and we would love to see you there! Join the conversation.

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