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Re: New Videos: Perspectives on Web Accessibility -- Essential for Some, Useful for All

From: Howard Kramer <howard.kramer@colorado.edu>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 17:19:59 +0000
To: Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org>, "EOWG (E-mail)" <w3c-wai-eo@w3.org>
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Nice work on the Perspectives videos and resources - looks great.

I wrote up a draft of a press release/longer post for dissemination to bloggers, etc. It's not bad but wanted to get feedback/suggestions from others.

Premier of Web Accessibility Videos

The W3C Web Accessibility Initiative has taken a major step towards promoting web accessibility through the release of a group of videos that highlight the issues users with disabilities face when the web is not designed with best practices and accessibility in mind.

Research by the Pew Research Center indicates that persons with disabilities use and access the internet at lower rates than those who do not report a disability, at least partly due to the inaccessible design of many websites. Twenty-five years after passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) many websites are still inaccessible and many web developers are not aware of the techniques for making web pages accessible.

Common obstacles to web access for persons with disabilities include uncaptioned video, poor color contrast, image-only documents, unlabeled graphics, controls and links that are not keyboard accessible and poor layout and design.

The Web Accessibility Perspectives videos demonstrate the barriers caused by inaccessible web pages both for persons with disabilities and for other users. The videos are accompanied with tips and resources for addressing and remediating these issues. To experience accessibility from the perspective of persons with disabilities and learn more about creating accessible websites view the videos and resources at https://www.w3.org/WAI/perspectives/.

(You can also find this in the wiki under promotion & outreach->Showcase Videos


From: Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org>
Sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 3:32:52 PM
To: EOWG (E-mail)
Subject: Fwd: New Videos: Perspectives on Web Accessibility -- Essential for  Some, Useful for All

Congratulations to Shadi!!! And Adina and Brent! And EOWG!

Outreach away!
and record in <https://www.w3.org/WAI/EO/wiki/Showcase_Examples_with_Videos/Outreach_Plan>


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Subject: New Videos: Perspectives on Web Accessibility -- Essential for Some, Useful for All
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 16:21:57 -0500
From: Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org>
To: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

The W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) is excited to announce the first version of *Web Accessibility Perspectives* that explores the impact of accessibility for people with disabilities and the benefits for everyone:

This resource introduces 10 web accessibility topics with:
      * videos
      * brief descriptions
      * links to learn more

The videos:
      * relate the benefits of accessibility to everyone in different situations
      * encourage viewers to learn more about web accessibility

We hope that this resource will be particularly useful for Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) and beyond.

Short URI: http://j.mp/WAIperspectives
Tweet: https://twitter.com/w3c_wai/status/732681414370418689
WAI Highlights: https://www.w3.org/WAI/#highlights


*About W3C*: The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international consortium that develops Web standards and guidelines designed to ensure long-term growth for the Web. <https://www.w3.org/>

*About WAI*: The W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) brings together organizations and individuals around the world to make the Web more accessible for people with disabilities and older users. <https://www.w3.org/WAI/>

*About EOWG*: The W3C WAI Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) develops strategies and resources to promote awareness, understanding, and implementation of web accessibility. EOWG developed this Web Accessibility Perspectives resource, and develops many of the resources in the Learn More sections, including the Accessibility Principles page, the User Stories, and:
      * Web Accessibility Tutorials <http://www.w3.org/WAI/tutorials/>
      * Tips for Getting Started with Web Accessibility <https://www.w3.org/WAI/gettingstarted/tips/>
      * Easy Checks - A First Review of Web Accessibility <https://www.w3.org/WAI/eval/preliminary>

Feel free to circulate this message to other lists; please avoid cross-postings where possible.

Shawn Henry, WAI Outreach
Shadi Abou-Zahra, Activity Lead, WAI International Program Office
Judy Brewer, WAI Director
Received on Wednesday, 18 May 2016 17:20:30 UTC

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