Andrew Kirkpatrick from Adobe had a brilliant idea for doing two good things at once. He wanted to honor John Slatin’s memory by spreading the accessibility gospel and to help Anna, John’s best beloved meet the enormous expenses they incurred through John’s illness. Andrew came up with the John Slatin Accessibility Fund. Here is his blurb about it:
“The John Slatin Fund Accessibility Project matches accessibility experts with companies that would like a brief review of their site for accessibility. In return, the site owner is asked to contribute a minimum of $500 to The John Slatin Fund. The John Slatin Fund was established to help John’s beloved Anna offset the medical expenses incurred during John’s long illness. The goal of this project is to raise $25,000 for that purpose. Learn about the project and sign up..”
Among the great things about Andrew’s idea is the fact that it allows small companies and private practices – like law firms, doctor’s offices, dental clinics and such – entry into accessibility assessment at price so low it will encourage people who might not otherwise have taken such a step. And it helps Anna, who said she had not planned a memorial or planned for life after John because she was so consumed with his recovery. Read his blog, The Leukemia Letters for the story of John’s last three years, with Anna his “warrior-fairy” always at his side.