About AIR

The Accessibility Internet Rally (AIR) is a global web accessibility awareness program. Started by Knowbility in 1998 as a local hackathon in Austin, Texas, the program has evolved into a global teaching and learning competition that puts accessibility and digital inclusion front and center - where it belongs. During an AIR build, teams of web developers sign up as volunteers, learn the latest techniques regarding accessibility through AIR's customized, intensive trainings, are matched to an expert accessibility mentor, and then those volunteers put their skills to work online building accessible web sites for nonprofits, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), charities, community groups, schools, artists (musicians, dance groups, painters, photographers, sculptors, poets, etc. who have public presentations of their art) and other mission-based initiatives. The competition is entirely online, involving more than 150 volunteers - making it a unique, highly-impactful and pioneering virtual volunteering event.

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 on an AIR team?

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 college and university 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.

Are you a nonprofit, non-governmental organization (NGO), charity, community group, school or artist (musician, dance group, painter, photographer, sculptor, poet, etc. that publicly-presents their art) looking for a website redesign - or your first ever website - that makes a commitment to digital inclusion? Apply to be an AIR client!