Kiandra builds a job site for people with disabilities supported by Dylan Alcott

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Melbourne-based Kiandra IT has created an online jobs platform to help people with disabilities find jobs.

Kiandra was selected by Get Skilled Access (GSA), which was founded by former wheelchair tennis player and Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott, to build the “Field” site.

According to Kiandra, Field was built “in a way that other venues hadn’t properly approached before” and was led, designed, delivered and maintained by people with disabilities.

“Building software for accessibility at this level is about putting the people we represent first,” said Kiandra co-founder Martin Cooperwaite.

“The Field must support a range of user access needs while being accessible to those who would maintain the system over the long term.”

To build Field, Kiandra leveraged the low-code OutSystems platform due to its ease of customization. It also used the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) as a benchmark for overall platform accessibility.

Testing and user feedback led to further tweaks, so the platform catered to groups that included people who were deaf or hard of hearing, blind or visually impaired, and with limited use of arms or mobility hands and intellectual disability.

“We wanted to create a job site that didn’t just connect candidates with [a] disability to employers,” said Alcott.

“We wanted a site that would equalize the job market by prioritizing accessibility features and inclusive features to improve the recruiting experience.”

“The Field will empower job seekers to choose how they present their personal brand to employers via their profile, showcasing their skills, experience and accessibility requirements in the way that they wish,” Alcott added.

In 2020, Kiandra made the decision to focus on growing its software development division, selling its technology and security solutions part to Nexon Asia-Pacific.

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