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Project in Memory of John Slatin

From: Andrew Kirkpatrick <akirkpat@adobe.com>
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2008 13:51:48 -0700
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As many of you know, John Slatin passed away last week, and in
celebration of how his life has touched so many of us in the
accessibility arena a project is being launched that will both honor his
memory and assist his family with significant expenses that remain from
his long illness.  There is a new project designed to help.

The basic idea is this.  
1)	We get accessibility experts to volunteer a few hours of time to
perform a brief accessibility review of a company or organization web
2)	We get companies to sign up.  They will contribute a minimum of
US$500 to "The John Slatin Fund".
3)	The expert and the company are paired and the review takes
place, spreading the word on accessibility.
This review will not be comprehensive but serve to provide an
organization with enough information so that they can understand what
the strengths and weaknesses of their site are and what course of action
is recommended.  Some site owners may need a more rigorous audit in
order to completely understand all accessibility issues, but such an
audit is out of the scope of a review that takes 3-4 hours.  This is
intended as an introduction to accessibility for the site owner who is
interested in learning about this important topic.  Accessibility
experts will need to conduct a short review, using combinations of tests
to provide a document with an overview of accessibility to the site for
users with various disabilities.

What we need is for people who are willing to donate a few hours of
their time to sign up as reviewers, which you can do at 

In addition, we ask that everyone help spread the word about this
project to help us get companies interested in an accessibility review
to sign up and to donate to The John Slatin Fund.  If you have a blog,
please blog this project.  A short description:
The John Slatin Fund Accessibility Project matches accessibility experts
with companies that would like a brief review of their site for
accessibility. In return, the site owner is asked to contribute a
minimum of $500 to The John Slatin Fund. The John Slatin Fund was
established to help John's beloved Anna offset the medical expenses
incurred during John's long illness. The goal of this project is to
raise $25,000 for that purpose. Learn about the project and sign up at

This is a project developed and managed by friends of John. All proceeds
go directly to John's family.  Please join us in honoring John and
helping his family.

If you have questions, please let us know.

Thanks in advance,

Ps. I'm sending this from my work email to the list, since this is the
email that I'm subscribed under, but this is not an Adobe-sponsored

Andrew Kirkpatrick

Senior Product Manager, Accessibility

Adobe Systems 

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