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Flowing with technology: the evolution of inclusive design

I have been absent from the inclusive design, accessibility, usability, universal design et al discussion for some time now; not because I don't care anymore, but simply because I've felt I had nothing new to say.

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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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The difference between Inclusive Design and Accessibility

I am thrilled to bits that my Ten Principles of Inclusive Web Design are being adopted. At the last eAccessibility Forum meeting, it was heartening to hear the message I have spent the past year expounding being articulated by folk from Cabinet Office and the Minister alike. I had no idea that they were actually listening. Go figure.

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Accessibility, politics and change

For the past year, I have gone against type and strolled down an avenue in my advocacy work that was not only unfamiliar to me, but that I was reluctant to embark upon. Last June I joined the UK Government's eAccessibility Forum, with an open mind, not really knowing what to expect. I certainly had no innate confidence in my ability to influence change within Government: that would have been absurd. But I always have plenty of hope and a very strong will, so I set off down a road I knew nowt about. In fact, I recall being so scared that I resorted to my usual self-effacing, flippant remarks, like, "What I know about politics I could write on the back of a postage stamp", but it couldn't have been more true.

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