Showing posts from July, 2016

Who's responsible for Accessibility?

Earlier this week I had an experience at the Apple Store leading me to wonder, "Who's responsible for Accessibility?" With a few days off this week, I signed up for a bunch of free workshops at the Apple Store. I began using an iPad for the first time a month ago and transitioned back to a Mac about a year ago and figured it was time to learn a few new things about my devices. I was particularly looking forward to playing with Keynote. I've always admired the visual ease of Keynote presentations as an observer. My roadblock came during the Keynote workshop when I couldn't figure out how to include/display captions for embedded audio or video content.

For anyone that has ever attended one of my presentations or trainings, you know my standard is to always display captions. If a video doesn't have captions or ones that are less than desirable, I create my own content or find an alternative. I typically use Google Slides with YouTube videos as you can display cap…

Curb Cuts, Captions, and Universal Design

I've been thinking a lot about Curb Cuts recently. They are everywhere and have gone relatively unnoticed to me even though I use them all the time. This animation includes just some of the curb cuts I encountered on a short morning walk to a local coffee shop. If you're counting, there are nineteen pictures and this montage is not inclusive. As someone without a mobility impairment, I have the privilege of going about my day without noticing curb cuts. These innovations were initially created to assist injured veterans back in the 1940s. Since 1990 they have been required by the American with Disabilities Act. Curb cuts were further modified to include tactile paving that assists those with visual impairments. Besides providing access to those with mobility and visual impairments, curb cuts assist families with strollers, the child learning to ride a bike, the shopper with a full cart, the itinerant teacher who moves schools and classrooms on a daily basis (this was me for 7 …

Be the Change.

When asked my biggest takeaway from #COL16, there are many. The one that feels the most urgent is the realization that If I want an accessible environment, I must create it. I can no longer wait for technology to be invented or perfected to make things accessible. I can no longer wait for policies or laws mandating accessibility guidelines within the online environment. I can no longer expect people or organizations to utilize universal design principles. If I desire an accessible environment, then it must be actively created. It's not enough to caption my own content and always display quality captions during trainings and presentations. These personal actions have not achieved the changes I seek. For this vision to become a reality, I need to be the man in the mirror and make a change. This blog is the first contribution to Here I can share my experiences, learning, and document my accessibility journey.
My long-term goal is that accessible design princ…