Alas, I have neglected my blogging duties these past few weeks as I have been travelling around the clock. I owe some people some information and resources and so will have that up over the course of this week.
First, I wanted to provide everyone with an update of our activities at CSUN this coming week (I am in LA now). We have a ton of exciting sessions and events this week and I encourage you all to attend if you can. On Wednesday evening we are going to be holding an event at which we will be launching some exciting new technologies and opportunities for the community. There will be some great speakers and this is the best place to come and get a great overview of where Microsoft is headed with accessibility. I actually envision that this event will fill up pretty quickly (room for a couple hundred) so it might be wise to show up a little early. Here are the details:
Microsoft Accessible Technology Event
4PM – 6PM, Wednesday, March 12th
Los Angeles Airport Hilton, Pacific Ballroom
5711 West Century Blvd
In addition to this event, we are going to be hosting/participating in a number of sessions:
· “DAISY Production from a Text Source” (Me and a host of other great speakers) Friday 3/14, 2008- 1:50 PM
· “AGE-RELATED “PROBLEMS” WITH E-MAIL, WEB BROWSING AND WORD PROCESSING ET AL” (Gary Moulton) Sat 3/15 - 8:00am
· “Accessibility for Simple to Moderate Complexity DHTML Web Sites ” (Cynthia Shelley) Sat 3/15 – 10:40am
· “Building Accessible Websites Using MOSS 2007 and the Accessibility Kit for SharePoint” (Dana Simberkoff – HiSoftware) Sat 3/15 - 9:20am
· “The Internet Captioning Forum: AOL, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, WGBH Tackle Online Captioning” (Sean Hayes) Thurs 3/13 – 4:20pm
· “Accessibility test tools for MSAA and UI Automation” (Peter Lakov) Sat 3/15 - 9:20am
I am looking forward to an incredibly busy and exciting week.
I thought I would kick of this section to highlight some of the great efforts that partners, individuals, insitutions and others are undertaking. Going forward, please leave suggestions/thoughts for this section in the comments. The winner this week is Claro Software. Claro has a lot of awesome products but they did something truly amazing by making their screen reader, Thunder, FREE for home use. It’s a really high quality tool. If you want to read more go to http://www.screenreader.net/ or http://www.clarosoftware.com