Archive for June, 2011

The Accessibility Ally Talks in a Dialog with PWD Leaders

June 23, 2011

Today, the first ever national dialog with persons with disabilities (PWD) leaders was held at the auditorium of the Department of Social Welfare and Development at Batasan Pambansa Complex in Quezon City. This event was organized by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), and the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA).

Representatives from around 21 PWD organizations attended the dialog. I had the privilege of attending the event as one of the members of the board of trustees of ATRIEV Computer School for the Blind. With me was Mr. Tony Llanes Jr., ATRIEV’s founder and executive director.

Julius with some of the organizers and attendees of the dialog
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Unleashing the Wolfpack: A Review of Wolfgang at the Met

June 19, 2011

It took place in the beautiful city of Manila on the evening of June 18, 2011. A huge pack of wolves gathered in a historic building to howl, scream, sing, and move to a crushing wall of sound. And amidst this splendidly fierce group were four of the top wolves, leading the pack and providing the monstrous musical rampage.

This is Wolfgang, a Filipino band that, since the 90s, has been creating some of the most intense heavy music the Pearl of the Orient has ever experienced. The event was “Wolfgang at the Met”, and, as the title suggests, it was held at the Metropolitan Theater in the city of Manila. Wolfgang consists of Basti Artadi on vocals, Mon Legaspi on bass, Manuel Legarda on guitar, and Francis Aquino on drums.

Wolfgang on stage during their concert at the Met

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How We Can Improve the Accessibility of the Department of Science and Technology Website

June 13, 2011

When I was a kid, I used to watch this TV program called Sineskwela. It was a show focused on explaining the basic concepts of science to young viewers. I must admit I had a hell of a time watching that show. In between each segment of Sineskwela were ads that aim to raise the young viewers’ interest in science and technology.

I remember those ads were produced by our country’s Department of Science and Technology (DOST). Looking back, it was good to have seen how DOST makes an effort to promote science and technology to the future leaders of the Philippines.

Growing up, I learned much more about the department’s responsibilities and activities. And as such, I found it necessary to look at the accessibility of one of DOST’s main tools for promoting science and technology and advocating its vision—its official website.

Let us take a look at the accessibility of the website of the Philippines’ Department of Science and Technology, www.dost.gov.ph.

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Accessible Metal: How a Metal Website Supports an Accessibility Standard

June 1, 2011

Apart from being an advocate of accessibility, I’m also a long-time metal enthusiast. Although I listen to all types of metal, the ones I truly enjoy are doom, gothic, and death metal.

With this in mind, it’s really no surprise that I spend a good amount of time scouring the Net for metal websites. And oh, what joy was it for me when I saw a metal website which, in addition to being an excellent resource, demonstrates a good level of accessibility.

Before telling you about the site, I’d like to explain how the site supports one of the principles of web accessibility.

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