Mentor an AIR Team

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About the AIR Mentor Program

Knowbility has fostered web accessibility awareness and skills through the AIR competition for more than 20 years. Through the years Knowbility has inspired hundreds, if not thousands of web professionals to consider accessibility in their work.

We have designed the mentor role to help the teams with accessibility in a one on one capacity.   We assigning an experienced accessibility mentor to each team.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor please see below.

Mentor Qualifications:

  • Have expert level knowledge of WCAG.
  • Have expert level knowledge of accessibility techniques.
  • Have expert level knowledge of WAI-ARIA practices.
  • Understand front-end development.
  • Have expert knowledge of doing accessibility assessments including the use of automated accessibility tools and screen readers.
  • Possess Project Management Skills
  • Experience with mobile accessibility.
  • Have participated in AIR or OpenAIR before as a team member, mentor, or judge.

Mentor Responsibilities:

  • Attend the kickoff or contact your AIR Team Lead within 48 hour after the event to create a schedule for meetings and work sessions with your team.
  • At first meeting, review the AIR Judging Form  to orient the team to the AIR  contest 
  • Meet with your team a minimum of once per week. 
  • Be encouraging and kind.
  • Perform regular assessments of the site.


  • June – AugustRecruiting mentors
  • September 9 – All registrations close
  • September 9 to 30 – Designer/Developer Team trainings, NPO asset gathering and training. Mentors have a live webinar with expectations. 
  • October 4 – Kick Off Event – mentors to be present 
  • October 7 – November 15 – Website build time – mentors checking in with their teams weekly. Lead Mentors checking in on their mentors bi weekly. 
  • November 15 – Final Countdown Event and site submissions. Mentors present 
  • November 18 – December 18 – Judging 
  • January 16 – Award Ceremony – mentors present to support their team 


Knowbility has had great success instilling an interest in accessibility through this fun friendly competition. We hope you will join us to continue this mission of training more designers and developers in accessibility.

To apply to be a Mentor please complete an interest form and we’ll contact you with more information!

Apply to be a Mentor