Fable introduces Pathways platform to help advance careers of people with disabilities
The aim of Fable amb Pathways is to create the reference resource for people with disabilities interested in advancing their professional career in the technology sector.
May 19, 2022
To commemorate World Accessibility Awareness Day, leading accessibility startup Fable launches Pathways. Fable Pathways is a skill development program created by people with disabilities, for people with disabilities. The courses are free and have a masterful quality of video production.
The aim is to empower and excite people with disabilities to pursue a career in the technology sector. In 2021, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, 19.1% of people with disabilities in the U.S. had a job, compared to 63.7% of people without disabilities. Similarly, in Canada, according to Stats Can, 59% of people with disabilities were employed, compared to 80% of people without disabilities (while the employment rate for people with severe disabilities was even lower).
Fable Pathways premieres today with two courses. The first is “Getting Started in Web Development” in collaboration with Microsoft, which introduces VS Code and GitHub to screen reader users. The teachers of the courses are specialists in their fields and offer their experience with the nuance of having acquired this knowledge as a person with a disability:
“Working with Fable to create my course was a pleasant and rewarding experience. My hope is that the course will provide the skills and training needed for students to advance to their next level. My knowledge and experiences are rewarding for me to share, and Fable Pathways allowed me to do just that. “- Kelly Ford, Microsoft’s Senior Accessibility Program Manager and Fable Pathways Instructor
The second course published today is “Becoming a Manager”:
“One of the most critical components of management is communication, and I’ve had a unique journey to develop this skill as someone who has hearing problems and has relied on assistive devices since the age of six. I’m happy to share the that I have learned and I really hope to see more people with disabilities in leadership roles in the technology sector. ” – Kate Kalcevich, Head of Fable Accessibility Innovation and Fable Pathways Instructor
The launch of Pathways comes after Fable closes a $ 10.5 million round of Series A funding announced earlier this week. The round was led by Five Elms Capital, with the participation of Difference Ventures, Disruption Ventures and notable angels such as John Ruffolo, one of Canada’s foremost investors and advocate for accessibility and inclusion.
“People with disabilities are underemployed and Fable is in a unique position to influence that, while growing our business. Our goal with Pathways is to create the reference resource for people with disabilities who are interested in advancing their careers in the technology 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 on FablePathways.com.
Since 2018, Fable helps companies create accessible user experiences by interacting with people with disabilities throughout the product development cycle. Organizations are working with Fable to make products more accessible to more than 1 billion people living with disabilities. In this way, Fable offers flexible job opportunities to people with disabilities in the technology sector.
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