“Smart design removes barriers”

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Coming events

  • John Slatin Access U (invited tutorials), Austin TX, May 14-15, 2013

Recent events & papers

  • CSUN presentation by Wayne Dick, Alvaro Monge and Darnell Gadberry, Feb 27, 2013
  • John Slatin Access U (invited tutorials), Austin TX, May 10-11, 2010
  • CSUN presentation by Wayne Dick and Abhe Matre, March 26, 2010
  • Interview by Matthew North, "Tom Jewett: outstanding service 2000," Computers and Society, Vol. 39 #2, September 2009.
  • Video, "Understanding Color for Web Developers", August 2009
  • "The Evolution of a Web Accessibility Testing Protocol" (invited paper and panel presentation), HCI International conference, San Diego CA, July 24, 2009
  • Guest lecture, international summer session CS program, San Jose State, July 16, 2009.
  • Webinar, "Designed-in Accessibility", California State University Office of the Chancellor, May 28, 2009
  • John Slatin Access U (invited tutorials), Austin TX, May 11-12, 2009
  • "How to Use W3C Guidelines to Achieve Legally Compliant Web Sites" (refereed paper), 24th International Conference on Technology and Persons With Disabilities (CSUN), Los Angeles CA, March 19, 2009
  • California Web Accessibility Conference (invited tutorials), Long Beach CA, January, 2009
  • "Accessible Web 2.0" by Wayne Dick. Presentation to National Federation of the Blind, Dallas TX, July 3, 2008.
  • "Web Accessibility on Campus: Social Issues in Practice" by Tom Jewett. Computers and Society Vol. 38, No. 2, June 2008, pp. 30-32.

Web accessibility is for everyone

Education, government, and public-service organizations—civic, charitable, religious—serve diverse audiences including the elderly and disabled. We know these audiences and how to make the Web accessible to them.

Accessibility is not "legal compliance." It is caring for people. Accessible web sites enable everyone—fully abled, low vision, blind, deaf, motor-impaired, dyslexic, second-language readers, and more—to enjoy equally effective access to information, 24/7. Accessibility is a new mind set for developers—provide content first, then let the user control the cool looks and slick features. Accessible Web design saves time and money with standards-based development.

Web accessibility isn't magic, either. There are well-known ways to identify barriers for disabled readers. Some can be done by computer; all have to be verified by human intelligence. This is what we do, and what we can teach you to do. There are also well-tested ways to design barrier-free pages; this is also what we do and can teach you to do.

What problems can we solve for you?

Whether you are an executive decision-maker, an IT manager, a content developer, or a Web designer or programmer, we speak your language. We're based in Southern California, but can also help you with requirements of other States and organizations.

The instant accessibility panic

Problem: You have just received a directive from "on high" in your organization, to the effect that "We've got to make all of our Web presence accessible, by yesterday." None of your sites were developed with this in mind, and you have no guidance even on where to start. Oh, and let me guess: the directive didn't include any money to do it.

Solution: We were the "first response Web team" to face exactly this scenario in the 23-campus California State University system. We assembled a team representing every campus, developed analysis procedures, facilitated communication, conducted training, and helped each campus develop immediate and long-term plans tailored to their own unique requirements. We can do any or all of this for your organization, large or small.

The nagging uncertainty

Problem: You have conscienciously developed web pages that you believe are accessible. You have even checked your pages with one of the automated testing tools. But the automated report gives you more questions than it does answers, even if everything "passed." Is the page really accessible?

Solution: The human-intelligence-based analysis methods that we have developed will give you much more confidence in the accessiblity of your pages than any automated test can do. Our process is also much faster and far less expensive than formal laboratory testing. Please see our "Smart Analysis" page or contact us about your specific analysis needs. We can also train your own staff to use our methods.

The impossible repair list

Problem: You have evaluated your organization's Web presence and realize that many, if not most, of your sites will require serious revision to become truly accessible for your disabled readers. Maybe you have hundreds of pages, maybe thousands, and you simply do not have the staff for a job this big.

Solution: Take a deep breath, then prioritize the problems. Fix the simple ones that you can do quickly. Realize that Web sites have to be upgraded often, anyway—as you do each one, use current development techniques. Our workshops will show you how to do this at less cost and time than you're probably spending now. We've presented on-line training to 16 universities and given in-person workshops at the California Web Accessibility Conference and its Texas equivalent, "John Slatin Access U." See our training page for more details.

The vendor decision

Problem: You are planning to purchase a Web-based application or to hire a developer to build a site for you. All of the vendors claim to have an "accessible" product, but you realize that it's easier to write this in a marketing brochure than it is to produce truly accessible software. In the worst case, the vendor might have said "hunnnh?" when you asked about accessibility!

Solution: We can help you to design accessibility into your purchasing process. You and your vendors should both know: first, exactly what you require; second, how they can meet your requirements; and finally, how you will determine if they got it right. We can also provide advice or training for vendors at your direction, but we do not independently accept work from any third party who is doing business with, or proposing to do business with, our clients.

What else is on your mind?

Let us know: tom [at] tomjewett [dot] com. We'll do our best to help.

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