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Re: Introduction: Paul Schantz

From: Wayne Dick <wayneedick@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Apr 2013 11:39:39 -0700
Message-ID: <CAJeQ8SBOkoySuqsG2xD0cuwYPFxTzM0O2mtx-Sy8NbJQUuvCGA@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Schantz, Paul A" <paul.schantz@csun.edu>
Cc: "w3c-wai-eo@w3.org" <w3c-wai-eo@w3.org>
Welcome Paul,

I am very happy to have an active member of the CSU System on EOWG.

For those who do not realize it, the California State University is a
staunch supporter of IT accessibility.  The burden has fallen heavily
on people like Paul, and their positive response has been an
inspiration in my life.


On 3/29/13, Schantz, Paul A <paul.schantz@csun.edu> wrote:
> Greetings, EOWG members!
> My name is Paul Schantz, and I'm the new guy around here :-)
> I've been professionally involved with web development, design, and project
> management since 1997.  I've worked in Fortune 50 corporations, higher
> education, and as an independent consultant.  I have experience with a broad
> spectrum of web projects, from mom-and-pop web sites built on a shoestring,
> to corporate web site redesigns and complex web apps with multi-million
> dollar budgets.  Since 2006, I've been the director of the web and
> technology services department in the division of Student Affairs at CSUN
> (California State University Northridge).  My department is almost
> exclusively a web design and development shop.  When I'm not building
> things, I function as a part-time web accessibility evangelist.  At CSUN, I
> have the unique privilege of working with three very strong
> accessibility-focused groups:
>  1.  The Center on Disabilities, which organizes the annual CSUN conference
>  2.  Disability Resources and Education Services, which provides services
> for CSUN students with disabilities
>  3.  The National Center on Deafness, which provides services for deaf and
> hard-of-hearing CSUN students
> Additionally, I represent my division in the Cal State system's "Accessible
> Technology Initiative," or ATI.  The ATI's mission is to advance
> accessibility in three domains:  instructional materials, procurement, and
> web accessibility.  As you might imagine, the bar for accessibility is set
> pretty high for me and my team.  It intimidates me sometimes, and I'll be
> the first to admit that I'm not an expert.
> Prior to working at CSUN, I had very little exposure to web accessibility.
> Like many web professionals, I was aware that web accessibility existed, but
> didn't know much about (nor practice) it.  My personal interest in web
> accessibility is in practical application of web standards to build better
> online services for everyone.  I strongly believe that broad adoption of web
> standards is the best way forward for the entire industry.  By joining EOWG,
> I plan to do a "deep dive" into web accessibility, and hopefully contribute
> something of value back to the community, while meeting like-minded folks.
> When I'm not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, playing
> video games, flying, and lifting heavy things.
> I look forward to working with all of you!
> ---------------------------------------------------------
> Paul Schantz
> Director, Web and Technology Services
> Division of Student Affairs
> California State University, Northridge
> phone: 818.677.3839
> e-mail: pschantz@csun.edu<mailto:pschantz@csun.edu>
> twitter: @paulschantz
> www.linkedin.com/in/paulschantz<http://www.linkedin.com/in/paulschantz>
> www.csun.edu/sait
> System notifications:  @CSUN_SAIT
> Input | Intellection | Responsibility | Connectedness | Individualization
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