Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95%
[EPISODE] Tech Accessibility and Resilience & Sustainable Impact
Keith Casebonne and Aurora Holder want you to advocate for accessible tools that will make all workers more efficient. From 19NTC, Keith is at Disability Rights Florida and Aurora is from Disability Rights Wisconsin.
Resilience & Sustainable Impact
Ananda Leeke and Meico Whitlock want you to use tech with intention and foster a culture of resilience. They’ve got lots of strategies for mindfulness and intention. Do you know the Eisenhower Matrix? Also from 19NTC, Ananda is with Ananda Leeke Consulting and Meico is the Mindful Techie.
Disability Rights Wisconsin is in every state,which means the organization is federal mandated. Federal Mandated means the organization is protected in every state. For example, independent agencies look over the organization. Keith and Aurora do fundraising as well. The Federal gives them money for individual rights. Some advantages that Keith and Aurora focus on, is to make sure people have accessibility to be in good standards. In order to start your organization, you need a wider audience. You should look at things in a different approach and make sure things go universal. Keith introduces a new software, which makes it accessible for people who have a disability. The software contains adjustable color and its good for people who may look at the screen and get a headache. The new software is a great way for people with disabilities to help get through there day.
Aurora gives a guideline for the technology side. For example, in the office someone could be in a wheelchair and the control panel may shut down, use solutions that would benefit you in that situation. In the office be conscience by using cloud apps. Make sure if your organization is client based that its accessible to everyone. The vendor may look great at first, but the software may not work. First things first, you should do your own research. The reason why is because the vendors can tell you anything just to make a profit off of you. Aurora is open to making changes of new ideas and wants people to be more open when it comes to this topic. She says “if you don’t plan to hire someone with a disability, your limiting their accessibility”. If you want to hire someone with a disability, you need to create digital and communication software apps. Also, you should test your software yourself and do a test run to check if the system works for all different types of people.Your organization should have software that is universally designed well for everyone.
Tony starts back at the Nonprofit Technology Conference, interviewing Amanda and Meico who talk about using technology in a mindful and healthy way. Meico talks about “fire-drill culture” and using tech to be more mindful. Mecio talks about establishing rules of engagement, and making a commitment to yourself. He continues with mission alignment, and prioritizing by picking one important thing over 50 little things. Ananda adds that starting the day in a mindful way, like meditating, can start your day off with coworkers much more successfully.
Tony continues to talk to Meico about how to be mindful about technology and he advises to turn off push notifications that aren’t helping you work or aren’t “mission critical.” They discuss the idea of not checking email, and how it lowers your anxiety level. Meico talks about how notifications are created to catch your attention and it’s difficult to ignore them. Ananda talks about using breath and the aspect of physically stepping away from the computer or desk in order to realign yourself. Both Ananda and Meico talk about taking breaks because the mind needs to see something different, the power of getting up, moving, and cleaning your work space.