The goal of Fable in Pathways is to create a go-to resource for people with disabilities interested in advancing their careers in the technology sector.
May 19, 2022
To mark Global Accessibility Awareness Day, leading accessibility start-up Fable is launching Pathways. Fable Pathways is a skill development program created by people with disabilities, for people with disabilities. The courses are free to take and boast a Masterclass of quality video production.
The goal is to empower and inspire people with disabilities to pursue a career in the technology sector. In 2021, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, 19.1% of PWDs in the U.S. are employed, compared to 63.7% of people without disabilities. Similarly in Canada, according to Stats Can, 59% of people with disabilities are employed, compared to 80% of those without disabilities (while the employment rate for people with more severe disabilities is even lower).
Now Fable Pathways is launching with two courses. The first is “Getting started in web development” in partnership with Microsoft, which introduces VS Code and GitHub to screen reader users. Course instructors are specialists in their fields, and offer their expertise with the meaning of having that knowledge as a person with a disability:
“Working with Fable to create my course was an enjoyable and rewarding experience. My hope is that the course provides the skills and coaching needed for students to thrive in their next The knowledge and my experiences have been useful for me to share and Fable Pathways has allowed me to do just that. ” – Kelly Ford, Senior Accessibility Program Manager at Microsoft and Instructor, Fable Pathways
The second course released today is “Becoming a manager”:
“One of the most important parts of management is communication, and I have had a unique journey in developing that skill as a person with a hearing impairment and relying on assistive devices since I was six years old. I am excited to share what I have learned, and truly hope to see more people with disabilities in leadership roles in the technology sector. – Kate Kalcevich, Head of Accessibility Innovation in Fable and Instructor, Fable Pathways
The launch of Pathways follows Fable closing a $ 10.5M USD Series A financing round, announced earlier this week. The round was led by Five Elms Capital, with participation from Difference Ventures, Disruption Ventures and prominent angels including John Ruffolo, one of Canada’s most recognizable investors and an advocate for accessibility and inclusion.
“People with disabilities are underemployed and Fable is in a unique position to influence that, as our business grows. Our goal at Pathways is to create a go-to resource for people with disabilities who are interested in advancing their careers in the tech sector and this is a great first step. ” -Abid Virani, COO and Co-Founder of Fable
Fable Pathways is supported by ServiceNow, MIT Solve and the Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work.
Fable Pathways is now available at FablePathways.com.
About the Fable
Since 2018 Fable has been helping businesses build accessible user experiences by interacting with people with disabilities throughout the product development stage. Fable organizations are working together to make products more accessible for more than 1 billion people with disabilities. By doing so, Fable provides flexible employment opportunities to people with disabilities in the technology sector.
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