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From: Harvey Bingham <hbingham@acm.org>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2003 22:46:59 -0500
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Attended my first meeting of  STC. They have over a thousand members
in the Boston Chapter.

     htttp://www.stc.boston


Dec 17, Presentation by Dr William Gribbons and Beth Loring
of Bentley College, where they offer a MS in Human Factors
in Information Design. Beth runs a Design and Usability Testing Center.
Their program includes usability and accessibility.

     http://www.bentley.edu/usability

Topics of their presentation included considerations of low literacy, and
of aging on use of internet.

I expect that the STC will post their powerpoint presentation slides,
which including many good ideas. I'll post it when I learn where it is.

The US Department of Education estimated that 40 to 44 Million
US Adults are left behind because of low literacy. They have no advocates.
Few will ever improve.  70% of prison population are learning disabled.
For writing to be understandable to 90% of the population, write at the
third grade level.

They have a sub-group on accessibility, Boston-IA (Information Architecture,
on Internet Accessibility.)

PJ Gardner heads this group:

     http://www.boston-ia.org/resources.html#accessibility

There they have pointers to:

     accessibility features of this site
     adaptive technologies
     comparison of Section 508 and WCAG 1.0
     selected accessibility links (including WAI)

The next speaker on January 14, 2004, 6:00 - 9:00, at Bentley College, in 
Waltham will be Mike Paciello, on

     "Usability Test Methods for Accessible Interface Design"

Register on their website:  www.Boston-IA.org


I'll post the URL when the presentation can be reviewed -- Recommended!

Regards/Harvey Bingham
http://www.hbingham.com/
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