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Accessibility Specialist

Thomson Reuters

Toronto Ontario,CANADA

Accessibility Specialist

About the Accessibility Team

Come and join the Thomson Reuters Accessibility Team! We are part of the UX team which is a highly diverse, multi-disciplinary team that takes great pride in our work and loves the challenge of turning complex problems and constraints into elegant solutions that meet our users’ needs. Our work focuses on a large portfolio of cloud-based, data-driven applications that gross over $3.5B annually, and range in size and scale from months to multiple years.

Role Summary:

As an Accessibility Specialist, you will be helping to ensure that all customers can access and use our products. You will help develop policies and guidelines for Thomson Reuters as well as work with the team to influence WCAG standards, evaluate and provide accessible solutions for web-based and mobile products, as well as assist in educating and promoting the practice of building products with accessibility in mind, including using accessibility tools and techniques.

What Makes this a Unique Opportunity

Thomson Reuters participates in the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium), which creates the standards for the web, including accessibility standards. The Accessibility team participates in the WCAG working group (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines), which is part of the W3C. You will have the unique opportunity to be a thought leader in cutting edge evolution of accessibility standards.

About You:

You are a fit for the role of Accessibility Specialist If you have:

BA/BS in information science, information design, computer science, human computer interaction (HCI), instructional design, quality assurance, learning technology, assistive technology, related field or equivalent industry training / experience.
Experience conducting accessibility evaluations and usability testing for accessibility.
Knowledge of Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) guidelines and specifications, must be fluent in WCAG 2.1 (AA) guidelines and understand WAI-ARIA, UAAG, and ATAG specifications.
Thorough understanding of assistive technologies and accessibility-related software including JAWS®, NVDA, VoiceOver, Window-Eyes, ZoomText, MAGic®, Dragon® NaturallySpeaking or other speech recognition software.
Demonstrated experience improving and remediating accessibility using web-based technology including HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
5+ years working in a fast-paced and highly collaborative development environment with experience in large, complex software or web applications.
Ability to work collaboratively and productively both with diverse teams and independently.
Knowledge and Skills

Demonstrated ability to conduct comprehensive accessibility testing against the WCAG 2.1 (AA) Success Criteria and the updated Section 508 federal requirements using the following methodologies: visual analysis; screen reader reviews; color sampling; keyboard only; gesture only; and code reviews.
Knowledge of how to incorporate accessible features in web, software and/or mobile applications using JavaScript, HTML, and CSS.
Ability to provide implementation directions and requirements for UX Design, Front End Development, and Engineering teams.
Knowledge of creating accessible documents and document remediation - examples include PDF, PowerPoint, MS Word, Excel.
General awareness of Section 508, ADA, AODA and EN 301 549.
Experience and understanding of Agile development practices.
Knowledge of user-centered design principles and tools.
Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills.
Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Strong presentation skills.
Can-do attitude.
What You Get to Do

Interact with and provide direction to technology, content, and product development teams.
Cooperate with other departments to ensure consistency and quality across the platform.
Assistive Technology users strongly encouraged to apply.

What's In It For You:

At Thomson Reuters, our people are our greatest assets. Here are some of the benefits we offer for your personal and professional growth:

Learning & Development: Exposure to a wide breadth of clients and our leading-edge technology; collaborate on multiple projects and teams cross-functionally with top talent; Access to training programs, LinkedIn Learning, Unconferences, networking events, in-house speaker series, and more

Your Wellbeing: Health benefits, Savings/investment plans, Paid time off (including extended parental leave); Company Mental Health Day Off; Access to Headspace, and other wellbeing and mindfulness resources

Flexibility: Recognized by Forbes as a Best Companies for Work/Life Balance

Global Reputation: Become a part of our global network, joining talent working in 70 countries, across 3 different industries

Social Impact: Dedicated paid volunteer days; participate in initiatives or become a member on any of our eight employee-driven Business Resource Groups that foster our inclusive environment

Do you want to be part of a team helping re-invent the way knowledge professionals work? How about a team that works every day to create a more transparent, just and inclusive future? At Thomson Reuters, we’ve been doing just that for almost 160 years. Our industry-leading products and services include highly specialized information-enabled software and tools for legal, tax, accounting and compliance professionals combined with the world’s most global news services – Reuters. We help these professionals do their jobs better, creating more time for them to focus on the things that matter most: advising, advocating, negotiating, governing and informing.

We are powered by the talents of 25,000 employees across more than 75 countries, where everyone has a chance to contribute and grow professionally in flexible work environments that celebrate diversity and inclusion. At a time when objectivity, accuracy, fairness and transparency are under attack, we consider it our duty to pursue them. Sound exciting? Join us and help shape the industries that move society forward.


As a global business, we rely on diversity of culture and thought to deliver on our goals. To ensure we can do that, we seek talented, qualified employees in all our operations around the world regardless of race, color, sex/gender, including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, citizen status, veteran status, or any other protected classification under applicable law. Thomson Reuters is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer providing a drug-free workplace.

We also make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and for sincerely held religious beliefs in accordance with applicable law.

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