I wanted to write a super-short blog post because I accidentally published my first post on expert witnesses in web accessibility cases on Friday night. Memo to self: don't blog with a glass of wine in your hand! But, if you're in a web accessibility case, be sure to hit the link above.
So why do I have a picture of me on a beach in Waikiki? It's because that's where I was the week before the COVID-19 Pandemic hit. Jeff and I were at the Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity with our colleague Mike Hess from the Blind Institute of Technology. What did we present on, you ask? Well, it was a busy couple of days. Our presentations included:
- Introducing a new highly-accurate interior way finding technology. Unlike bluetooth technology that is accurate only to around six feet on a good day, this technology is accurate to around eight inches. In terms of practical effect, that's the difference between being led into the wrong gender restroom and being directed to the sink within a bathroom.
- Lecturing on WCAG and best practices for achieving web accessibility. Web accessibility isn't difficult but it is utterly daunting if you're a newcomer. This presentation helps overcome that fear and gives a clear plan for what to do.
- Teaching organizations about our accessibility work for the last ten years with NASA. We've been honored to be the only team that NASA uses for its accessibility reviews. We discussed our latest work that incorporates digital technology issues. If this interests you, a sampling of our actual reports are posted on the NASA website). and
- Leading training on recent legal updates in web accessibility cases. With so many lawsuits being filed for web accessibility, it's no surprise that some very useful case law is being created. I've been using my Lexis account to track these updates on a daily basis.
Speaking of which, if you want a quick overview of recent legal developments, check out my presentation at the Accessing Higher Ground Conference. Why that link in particular? Well, you can pay the conference organizers for direct access to a recorded presentation-- or you can just download my slide deck and/or transcript from the same link.
Phew! That's a busy week. But who knew that I would end up with six months of confinement to "recover" from a hard week of Mai Tai's, a few hard presentations, and a few more Mai Tai's. Somehow, I also managed to slip in a tiny bike ride from sea level up 10,000 foot Mount Haleakala on Maui (here's another cyclist's description of that ride). Enough good memories to get me through my upcoming COVID confinement? Barely!
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