About AIR

Started by Knowbility in 1998 as a local accessibility hackathon, AIR is a global teaching and learning competition that puts accessibility front and center where it belongs.Teams of web developers sign up, learn about accessibility, are matched to an experienced accessibility mentor, and then put their skills to work building accessible websites for nonprofits, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), charities, schools, artists and other mission-based initiatives.

AIR, the first hands-on accessibility technology training program of its kind has become a formative experience in producing the next generation of accessibility leaders.”

Richard Schwerdtfeger
Former CTO of Accessibility, IBM

Rich Schwertdfeger, IBM

Who can participate?

EVERYONE. We are all responsible for ensuring EVERYONE has access to the information and technology they need - including people with disabilities. That is why Knowbility offers three distinct competition tracks:

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For professional, freelance, and hobbyist web professionals.

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For student developers and designers, including those participating in bootcamp or accelerated programs.


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For city, state, and government employees looking to learn more about the requirements they face in their roles.

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