Orange County Chapter

Program, April 2007

Accessible IT for People with Disabilities

Monday, April 9, 7-9 pm

Wayne has provided a copy of his slides in ODP format (and in PPT for challenged users). He has also included his presentation paper and notes.

With recent growth of the Internet the world has opened for many people who were previously blocked by disability. This month, a university professor will tell us that the work isn't completed yet, and that to include disabled people in every technology available to them at their computer, developers must learn to plan and implement with accessibility in mind.

At the April meeting of UUASC-OC, Dr. Wayne Dick, chair of the Computer Engineering and Computer Science Department at California State University, Long Beach, makes his speaking debut at UUASC by sharing some of his own experiences, observations, and recommendations as both a developer and a sufferer of a life-long uncorrectable visual impairment.

The professor realized nearly 30 years ago that proper encoding of text was the key to rendering information into formats that anyone could perceive and use. He wrote special style sheets for accessibility in 2004 and was invited to be a member of the World Wide Web Consortium, Web Accessibility Initiative, and now serves on the Educational Outreach Working Group.

Professor Dick has taught for 25 years, and is a former Chair of the Academic Senate. He has written compilers professionally and earned his PhD without benefit of seeing most of what was written on the black or white boards.

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