Archive for December, 2010

Web Accessibility Presentation in the Presidential Human Rights Committee at Malacañang

December 18, 2010

I did a short web accessibility presentation yesterday in Malacañang. This presentation was held at the office of the Presidential Human Rights Committee (PHRC) and was part of a meeting where disability groups discussed a number of issues related to the needs of persons with disabilities.

I had the privilege of talking about web accessibility in front of a small but very appreciative and heedful group. The group included Under Secretary Severo Catura, Executive Director of PHRC; a number of PHRC’s staff; Mr. Lauro Purcil, President of the Government Union for the Integration of Differently Abled Employees; and representatives of NGOs focused on advocating persons with disabilities.

Julius doing a web accessibility presentation in the office of the Presidential Human Rights Committee

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Back-to-Back Web Accessibility Workshops at ATRIEV Computer School for the Blind

December 15, 2010

ATRIEV, the country’s first and only computer school for the Blind, has just recently concluded two back-to-back web accessibility workshops. The workshop for the first batch of participants was held from December 9 to 11, 2010. This was immediately followed by another workshop for the second batch of attendees, held from December 13 to 15, 2010. I had the privilege of being the workshop instructor during these two accessibility events.

The Force Behind the Web Accessibility Workshops

These accessibility workshops were made possible through the sponsorship and support of the APEC Digital Opportunity Center (ADOC). ADOC is an initiative that aims to assist in transforming digital divides into digital opportunities throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

The ATRIEV Computer School for the Blind served as the venue for the workshops and provided the computers used by the participants. ATRIEV’s dynamic staff handled the vital role of sending the invitations and making follow-ups to the organizations of the attendees.

1st batch of web accessibility workshop participants with ATRIEV's core members and Julius

The participants consisted of web developers and instructors of web development subjects. Other attendees included IT personnel of government officials and teachers of persons with disabilities.

2nd batch of web accessibility workshop participants with ATRIEV's core members and Julius

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