Archive for August, 2011

Information for All: the First Web Accessibility Seminar at the University of Santo Tomas

August 27, 2011

TomasinoWeb, an online-based student publication and a premier university organization, in partnership with the Advantage Management Group, held today the first-ever web accessibility seminar at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.

Aptly entitled “Information for All”, the event aimed to explain the importance of web accessibility and the guidelines in making online content accessible. More than a hundred participants attended the seminar. The participants consisted of UST students taking up web development and IT-related subjects and a number of their professors. I had the honor of being invited as the speaker in the event.

Julius talking to the audience during the Information for All seminar

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Raising the White Cane toward a More Accessible Internet

August 2, 2011

Today, a historic forum on web accessibility was held by several agencies of the Philippine government. This event was held at the training room of the Occupational Safety and Health Center in Quezon City. The Web Accessibility Forum was held as part of the celebration of this year’s White Cane Safety Week—the white cane being a worldwide symbol used by persons who are blind to signify their disability.

The event was an inter-agency gathering of leaders and representatives who were truly interested and willing to provide accessible information to persons who are blind and people with disabilities in general. The participating agencies included the Department of Labor and Employment, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, the House of Representatives, and the Philippine National Police. Non-government organizations such as Resources for the Blind Incorporated participated in the forum. The representatives of the government agencies consisted of web masters and web administrators. I was very fortunate to be invited as one of the resource persons during the forum.

Julius talking about web accessibility during the forum

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