Volunteer position – Accessibility Assistant

  • 2-3 hours per week for accessibility functions
  • 1 hour per week for communication, correspondence, or meetings
  • Remote / online

 

The Freedom of Form Foundation is a nonprofit working to support and advocate for scientific research that will enable freedom of one’s physical form – biotech for self-expression.

A large portion of the world’s population, including many people within our community, have disabilities. Disabilities include physical, mental, visual, and auditory, just to name a few. We want to be as accommodating for these people as possible.

Much of our content, and many of our communications, are not accessible. For example, we have podcasts and videos that aren’t accessible to deaf persons, and we have written content (such as news updates, Wiki entries, and so forth) that aren’t accessible to the blind.

In all cases, we judge this is important enough to not just set up an automatic tool and call it a day. Many words we use are scientific or technical, and poorly recognized by software.

We need a person’s care and attention to make the experience as fluid as possible for all audiences – we need your help.

 

Your responsibilities may include:

  • Creating closed captions or written transcripts of videos and podcasts. This may involve varying degrees of control, from fully manual, to supervised automatic, to fully automatic.
  • Creating audio recordings of written text. Automated tools are allowed, but again, manual supervision and adjustment are expected.
  • Working directly with people with accessibility needs.
  • Advising on and help implement new accessibility tools to benefit our community.

 

You should be able to:

  • Communicate on Discord in both written and oral form.
  • Manage own schedule and prioritize tasks (though we do provide productivity tools to help!)
  • Comfort trying out new tools, and even selecting new tools we can use
  • Willingness to learn some scientific and medical terminology
  • This is a formal position, and you must be able to understand and sign legal documents (e.g. Conflict of Interest Policy and Statement).
  • No knowledge of ASL is expected.

 

All FFF volunteers and employees are expected to:

  • Have a steady hand, especially in stressful situations.
  • Demonstrate unerring commitment to teamwork and professionalism.
  • Observe a learner’s attitude, and likewise be willing to help others learn and improve.
  • Demonstrate tolerance to each other, to stakeholders, and to the broader community.
  • Learn about regulations we must abide by, including, our Bylaws, Conflict of Interest Policy, Community Rules, regulations pertaining to 501(c)(3) organizations, and all laws.

 

Questions?

If you have any questions or want to discuss more before applying, please send an email at [email protected]. We won’t bite (too hard)!

 

Sounds good? Please apply!

Please send an email to [email protected] and attach your Resume or CV. Be sure to use a descriptive Subject title in your email, and reference this position.

And don’t worry, you can skip the cover letter! Just a couple sentences about why you’re interested in our organization, and in this position, should be sufficient.