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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The path to Accessibility and Inclusivity Nirvana is not paved with gold and is looking like a pretty long one from where I am standing. As I have been spending so much time thinking about the ultimate goals, I think I may have forgotten the equally important journey along the way.
Where does education fit in getting accessibility right?
The work that I am doing with government on eAccessibility and inclusive design, and the promise of realising the eAccessibility Action Plan, fills me with eager anticipation. However, I do need to quell my excitement sometimes, as it is a long game.
The eAccessibility Action Plan: making accessibility and inclusivity a reality
Last Tuesday I sat quietly, filled with excitement and eager anticipation as Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Media and Sport, launched the eAccessibility Action Plan at the eAccessibility Forum meeting.