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The CTO/DCMS eAccessibility Summit: tale and keynote speech

At the end of August, I gave the opening keynote at the CTO/DCMS Commonwealth eAccessibility Summit. The delegates were Commonwealth policymakers - ministers, under-secretaries and advisors - and I saw it as an opportunity to plant seeds, so to speak.

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The end of the road for the eAccessibility Forum and I

In May 2010 I was invited to join UK Government's eAccessibility Forum. I initially said no flat out; I was not being rude or ungrateful, but I feared that there would be a lot of talk and little action and, although I can talk for Britain, talk alone does not lead to progress.

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Why good design matters to this blind geek

Ironic as it may be now, I went to art school. I was taught to appreciate beauty in everything and particularly in every art form; for art is the expression of self. It tells the story of humanity, of our culture and our lives. But I was also taught that design was not so noble and I snobbishly believed this until I met Mark, who introduced me to the world of design and importantly good design.

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Is web accessibility inaccessible?

I gave the keynote presentation at the recent A11yLDN event, where I laid out the stall for what I believe is the future of web accessibility. I called my talk, "Does anyone know the way to Web Accessibility utopia?". I worried about being contentious, well, not really, when I asserted that accessibility utopia does not exist, that the WCAG is out of date and that accessibility is a subset of usability. I pontificated about inclusive design, about being reasonable and that no one creating a website has limitless resources.

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Will Geeks and Peeps ever dance together?

A few weeks ago I attended the DevCSI Accessibility Hackdays. When I was first asked to participate, I thought they had accidentally asked the wrong person. My idea of a hackday was getting a whole bunch of developers together, feeding them a lot of meat, carbs and beer, and letting them get on with geeking out. They would work into the wee small hours and build a whole bunch of innovative cool stuff. Well, I will now hold my hand high and say that I could not have been more wrong.

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Real accessibility for real people

When I was preparing my presentation for this week’s Future of Web Design conference, where I will be speaking about web accessibility for happy designers and I found myself moving away from talking about the intricacies of technology and gravitating towards what I am now referring to as real accessibility.

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Making a big difference - access, accessibility and beyond

In my recent travels in cyberspace (or in writing this blog, using Twitter and doing what I do for a living, for those of you who do not get geek humour), I have met three completely incredible people who do different jobs in different organisations, but what they have in common is that they have been working tirelessly for many, many years to help make technology accessible to disabled people.

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