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Accessibility Need Not Be Expensive: Preview of Upcoming Series

Filed under: Accessibility 100 — by at 6:12 pm on Saturday, May 3, 2008

Last night I received a Google Alert for Glenda Watson Hyatt – one way to track what is being said about me on the web. I also receive alerts for cerebral palsy, virtual book tours and a few other key phrases; it’s like having my own research assistant.

Clicking on the link in the email, I was pleasantly surprised to see it is a video clip from the Misbehaving Women event held back in March. The clip shows Isabella Mori kindly nominating me for the award and then me give my brief speech using my laptop:

It is nice having that moment caught on video. However, I am little disappointed the camera wasn’t turned a few degrees to the right. One of the other award recipients Karen Taylor is Deaf and two of her colleagues graciously interpreted the evening for her. Had the camera included the interpreter in the shot, then this YouTube video would have been more accessible to those who are Deaf.
(The transcript for my speech is provided in an earlier post.)

It is often assumed that accommodating people with disabilities is costly, complicated and time-consuming. However, in many situations, as with this video, the resources (the interpreters) were right there. The camera only had to be turned slightly to include both speaker and the interpreter to make the video more accessible without addition cost or effort.

That is what Accessibility 100 is all about – free and inexpensive ways to increase accessibility for people with disabilities. Accessibility 100 is launching soon! Stay tuned! Meanwhile, be sure to send in your submissions for the Logo Contest.

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Comment by Jerry

May 3, 2008 @ 7:14 pm

Glenda, congratulations on your award, you certainly deserve it, and epitomize the title!! You go girl!

Comment by @Stephen

May 6, 2008 @ 4:55 pm

I am proud to say that I helped Stephen Hopson and Karen Putz bring interpreters to SOBCon so that they could take part.
Stephen especially has become a dear friend to me.

Comment by Connie Reece

May 12, 2008 @ 11:32 pm

Glenda, I enjoyed watching the video — congratulations on your award. It’s been too long since I’ve stopped by here for a visit. I look forward to catching up with the Accessibility 100.

Comment by Karen Putz / DeafMom

May 15, 2008 @ 9:57 am

A big thank you to @stephen for making SOBCon possible!

I look forward to your accessiblity series and I know you’ll knock it outta the park, Glenda!

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