Archive for November, 2011

A Huge Step for Web Accessibility in the Philippines

November 30, 2011

The Philippine government moves forward to a more accessible Internet as it conducted a national web accessibility workshop for web masters and web developers. This event was organized by the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) and the National Computer Institute (NCI), two of the country’s leading advocates of persons with disabilities. The workshop was held at the National Computer Institute from November 28 to 29, 2011.

A total of 25 participants attended the event, all of whom are web masters and web content managers working for the various government agencies of the country. I had the privilege of being one of the speakers in the workshop. Joining me was Mr. Jojo Esposa, president of the Philippine Web Accessibility Group.

Julius discussing web accessibility with web masters of government agencies

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The Tenth Computer-Eyes Training for Blind and Visually Impaired Students

November 12, 2011

Resources for the Blind Incorporated and IBM Philippines celebrated a decade of excellent partnership by organizing the tenth annual Computer-Eyes Training. This event was held from October 31 to November 11, 2011 at the Learning Services Center of IBM Plaza in Eastwood, Quezon City. This project was made possible through the support of the Overbrook Nippon Network on Educational Technology, Freedom Scientific, and the Department of Education.

The main goal of the training is to teach blind and visually impaired high school students the fundamentals of using the computer. A total of 24 blind and visually impaired high school students attended the training. The students came from the country’s three main areas: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Some of the students had basic knowledge about computers while most of them were only able to work on a computer for the first time during this event. I had the privilege of being the trainer in this two-week national training.

Julius discussing with the students during the Computer-Eyes Training

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