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7/16/13: The WAI to Web Accessibility
July 16 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) is a rich but often overlooked source of guidelines, training materials and testing techniques to help you improve your accessibility knowledge and skills. Web accessibility is no longer an optional “nice to have feature.” Legal mandates and market forces make accessible design a foundational aspect of business, academic and government web sites and applications. If you are looking for resources to support your accessible design practice while maintaining a budget, you will be pleased to learn more about the free resources available from the W3C. Whether your role is administrator, tester, developer or designer, this webinar will help you find and use the resources you can rely on. Join Sharron Rush, author, advocate, and member of the WAI’s Education and Outreach Working Group for more than 8 years. Sharron will take us on a practical tour of WAI resources and help you learn to put them to use.
- Learn the components of web accessibility and how are they related and managed by the W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative.
- Go beyond the Guidelines – WCAG, UAAG, ATAG, and ARIA – to the supporting documents and tutorials that are freely available.
- Learn about how WAI-Engage and other community resources can support your expanding web accessibility knowledge and skills.
|Sharron Rush is a recognized global authority on web accessibility. Sharron is co-founder and Executive Director of Knowbility where she has developed programs to raise web accessibility awareness and skills. Since 1998, she has led the organization to national prominence. She is an invited expert to the Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the W3C. In 2009, she began as liaison from WAI to the e-Government Interest Group developing standards and best practices for using the Web to improve government accountability and transparency. Sharron is a ComputerWorld Laureate and an advisor to the SXSW Interactive Media Conference. In 2001, she was named one of the Top 25 Women of the Web. In addition, In 2002, she received the Dewey Winburne Award for Community Service through Interactive Media. Sharron has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She is co-author, with Dr. John Slatin, of Maximum Accessibility a definitive web accessibility resource.|
|Knowbility, Inc. is an award-winning leader in accessible information technology. Our mission is to support the independence of children and adults with disabilities by promoting the use and improving the availability of accessible information technology. We help make the internet and other technologies accessible to people who are blind, visually impaired, deaf or hearing impaired, who have mobility impairments and cognitive or learning disabilities. Our goal is to create a barrier-free world of information technology so that people with disabilities can fully participate in the business, educational and cultural marketplace.
Knowbility’s team of experts is internationally recognized for its role in creating the worldwide standard for web accessibility implementation and training. Our Executive Director currently serves as an Invited Expert to the Education and Outreach Working Group of the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative. As a result, Knowbility is a preeminent source for guidance in meeting government and international accessibility standards and currently delivers a broad range of technical and consulting services to ensure that Internet and other technology products are accessible.