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Re: Introduction: Paul Schantz

From: Denis Boudreau <dboudreau@accessibiliteweb.com>
Date: Wed, 03 Apr 2013 16:05:25 -0400
Message-id: <FC07BC57-1FF1-40AF-A767-45589DF0D1CA@accessibiliteweb.com>
To: w3c-wai-eo@w3.org
Hi Paul, 

Glad to have you join us! I meant to reply earlier, but it had slipped my mind. Thanks to Wayne for reminding me. :)

I look forward to contributing with you, but also learning to one you a little better. 

I'm sure you'll bring a very valuable perspective to the work we're doing.

/Denis



On 2013-04-03, at 2:39 PM, Wayne Dick <wayneedick@gmail.com> wrote:

> 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.
> 
> Wayne
> 
> 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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