Posts Tagged ‘accessibility’

Discovering Drupal, Admiring Its Accessibility

January 25, 2012

Something I wanted to do on the first month of 2012 was to learn new stuff. I’ve been hearing about this thing called Drupal from many people, so I thought of learning it just to see what all the happiness is about.

Below I’ll talk about my experiences in learning Drupal and a few interesting things I discovered as an advocate of accessibility.

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How to Prevent a Crazy Blind Man from Making Weird Requests

October 22, 2011

It happened at around 4:00 am in a hotel in the city of Kuching. All was quiet when the phone at the front desk rang suddenly. The lady at the front desk picked up the phone and received a call from one of the people staying in the hotel.

The person on the other end of the line apparently made a request. And upon hearing the request, the lady had a bewildered look on her face.

What in the World Happened?

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An Epiphany of the Beauty of Information Through Text

July 26, 2011

I’ve been transcribing audio recordings for ten years now. When I was in college, I used to accept project-based transcription work from government and non-government organizations. I recall how I’d get my beer money from those transcription projects. Yes, those were the days!

Even now that I’m working as an accessibility consultant and an international speaker on accessibility, I still take transcription projects from time to time. I really like the fact that I get to learn new information and transcribe that information for other people as well.

And thinking about transcription, I had this little epiphany about the rarely discovered beauty of this type of service.

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Helping an International Organization Make Its Online Documents More Accessible

July 14, 2011

We had an excellent meeting about accessibility this morning. I was invited by the dynamic people at ATRIEV Computer School for the Blind to meet with the program officers of Liliane Foundation to help them evaluate the accessibility of Liliane’s online documents.

The Liliane Foundation is an international organization that aims to give access to medical and social rehabilitation to children and youngsters with disabilities in developing countries. Since 2007, the Liliane Foundation has been providing ATRIEV with support in terms of tuition fees and assistive devices for a number of the school’s deserving students.

The program officers of Liliane Foundation and Julius discussing the accessibility of Liliane's online documents

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The Accessibility Ally in the First Ever Quezon City PWD Summit

July 13, 2011

Today, July 13, 2011, the Quezon City local government and the various sectors of persons with disability (PWD) made history by conducting the first ever Quezon City PWD Summit. The main goal of this event is to carry out a consultation with all disability sectors in order to formulate a law that would uphold the human rights of persons with disabilities in the city.

The main theme of the PWD Summit is “making rights real for Filipinos with disabilities”. This event was organized by the local government of Quezon City and was supported by the Department of Health, the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA), and the Social Services Development Department. The Occupational Safety and Health Center in Quezon City was the venue of the summit.

Julius in the Quezon City PWD Summit

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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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Wrestling and Accessibility?! What The…

April 29, 2011

Hold on. Let me explain…

For me, nothing beats the thrill of being at the edge of your seat as your favorite wrestling superstar is about to pin his opponent. This, along with the interesting and at times weird storylines, are the things that have made me tune in to the weekly shows dished out by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). I’ve been a fan of this wrestling brand since I was a kid. Ah, I even remember the time when it was called World Wrestling Federation…those were the days.

In addition to being a long-time WWE fan, I, as you can see, am also an advocate of accessibility. And with this in mind, I was elated when I realized that, as strange as it may seem, wrestling–in all its body-slamming glory–demonstrates a major principle of accessibility.

How Does Wrestling Demonstrate a Major Principle of Accessibility?

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Why a Blind Person Can’t Order Food Via

March 23, 2011

I love McDonald’s. I’m a huge fan of their McChicken Sandwich. And when I found out in one of my workshops that McDonald’s Philippines has its own online delivery system, I was genuinely excited to try it out.

I was also interested to find out if blind persons who use screen readers would be able to make an online order through the site.

So what happened? Was I able to snag a McChicken Sandwich? Below I’ll tell you how my McChicken quest went out.

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Trouble with Text Content in Images

November 19, 2010

This happened several months ago…

My friend told me that the channel which aired our favorite shows had changed its program schedule. So after work, I visited the channel’s web site and looked for the new schedule of programs.

And there was the schedule, but oh, it was impossible to read…at least for people like me.

What in the Name of TV was the Problem?

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An Inspiring Accessibility Conversation, in the Malaysian Skies

November 8, 2010

On a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Kuching, at an altitude of around 28,000 feet – that was where I heard about one of the most impressive efforts done for accessibility.

This information was shared to me by Mr. Moses Choo, Assistant Executive Director of the National Council for the Blind, Malaysia (NCBM), as we were headed to Kuching to conduct another web accessibility workshop.

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