Posts Tagged ‘accessibility’

Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2014

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Thursday, May 15, 2014, marked the return of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, with an ever-growing list of fun & informative events in 11 countries.

The Los Angeles event was held at the Yahoo campus in Santa Monica, 7-10 pm. Main speakers were Sommer Panage from the Twitter Mobile team, WordPress accessibility champion Joseph O’Connor, & Karen Chiu from Yahoo. DCP Coordinator Patrick Burke joined in a follow-up panel discussion.

2400 Broadway Ave, Bldg D, 1st floor., Santa Monica, CA
(Parking entrance at 2401 Colorado)
Meetup event link)

The Paciello Group consulting company led Inclusive Design 24 (ID24) a 24-hour marathon of accessibility webinars, covering Drupal, Javascript, social media vs. motor impairments, & 21 more… Archives of presentations are promised soon.

You can also follow the whole sweep of the day’s activities.

Blind Engineer at Google Profiled in New York Times

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

For many years T.V. Raman has been a force to be reckoned with in the accessibility world. He has written his own screen reading programs and worked for several major companies. The NY Times story describes some of his current work at Google:

For the Blind, Technology Does What a Guide Dog Can’t

Google’s many web interfaces have varying levels of accessibility. The basic search screen that we all know has been functional from the beginning, and added more structure (heading tags) about two years ago. The Gmail interface is much more difficult, but many accessibility improvements have been made as the service has evolved. However, the Chrome browser is reaching its completed “1.0” status without any screen reader accessibility.