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Knowbility at SXSW and CSUN 2015

SXSW is the largest tech conference in North America; what an outstanding venue to showcase accessibility for all! Knowbility served on the advisory board reviewing panel proposals and on the Dewey Awards nominating committee; Knowbility also had a strong presence at the world’s largest Accessibility meet-up.  What an exciting way to integrate the concerns of users with disabilities in the mainstream of tech buzz!!

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SXSW introduced the Social Good Hub – the official platform meant to be the way finder for attendees interested in social innovation, impact design, and cause issues related to technology. The United Nations Foundation sponsored a two day destination for attendees interested in collaborating, networking and entertainment relating to social good.  Knowbility recognizes that the inception of the social good hub can have boundless potential to lift the experience of individuals with disabilities by bringing the spirit of collaboration of the brightest tech minds to solving problems of inclusion.

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SXSW also featured notable innovations from IBM. IBM continues to innovate tech solutions for people with disabilities and many of them were showcased at the Startup Village at the Hilton.  Way finding applications, as well as internal IBM tools for measuring and demonstrating accessibility….Exciting innovations from a tech giant!!

 CSUN 2015 featured Knowbility Executive director, Sharron Rush, as a key contributor to the “Making WCAG 2 Support resources More Usable for You.” discussion.  This was a highly interactive panel to showcase work being done by the Education and Outreach Working Group, Sharron serves as co-chair of the working group.   This discussion was to showcase work that is being done to make Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) resources more discoverable, digestible, and useful.  The discussion gathered feedback to be incorporated in later iterations of WAI resources.   This highly interactive session was hugely successful.

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CSUN featured an increasing number of web accessibility sessions than in years past.  This is a reflection of the increasing interested in responsive design and accessibility for all.  If you missed CSUN 2015 many of the same topics will be covered at AccessU this May in Austin, TX.  It’s not too late to register.

Knowbility hosted a small happy hour ceremony to hand out Community Heroes of Accessibility Awards. Board member Rich Schwerdtfeger gave awards to Steve Faulkner, the BBC Accessibility team, Julie Romanoski of State Farm and many more. Full list of honorees.

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Top 10 Accessibility Milestones in 2008

Knowbility posted this to the web site home page as 2008 turned in 2009.  We archive it here:

There were major setbacks in the struggle to ensure equitable access for all and there were some great triumphs. This is our list of ten influential events and we would love to hear your perspective.

  1. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) passed through Candidate recommendation and ended the year as an official W3C Recommendation.
  2. Our community lost Dr. John Slatin, a brilliant practitioner and inspirational and tireless champion of accessibility.
  3. The University of Texas abdicated its leadership role in accessibility when it shut down the Accessibility Institute, founded by John Slatin.
  4. The Target vs National Federation of the Blind (NFB) lawsuit over the accessibility of Target.com was settled in favor of the NFB.
  5. The California State University System took great strides forward with its Accessible Technology Initiative, providing training and support for accessibility to all 23 campuses.
  6. The European Union continues to dedicate resources and make significant progress for its e-Inclusion initiative, part of the i2010 general technology strategy. The initiative considers the effects of aging as well as disability and is providing models for others to follow.
  7. Accessibility emerged from the shadows and became a major topic of great interest at technology conferences including SXSW Interactive, Web Directions North, Webstock, the International World Wide Web Conference, UPA’s annual usability conference, Refresh Groups, BarCamps and other places where technologists gather to share experiences and skills.
  8. Several Universities, including CSU Northridge and the University of Monterrey Mexico, hosted international forums focused solely on accessibility.
  9. Four Accessibility Internet Rallies (AIR) were held in 2008, resulting in training of more than 200 web developers and the creation of dozens of accessible web sites for nonprofit arts, human services, and environmental organizations.
  10. Finally, in the advocacy work to be done category – barakobama.com and change.gov fail to meet minimum accessibility standards set by the federal government.

So to all of you who understand the urgency of the accessibility work that we do together and who work so hard to evangelize and implement accessibility, pat yourselves on the back and let’s make the world of the Web even more accessible in 2009!

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