Collaborative Accessibility Portal

Bios & Handouts

#17869

Speaker(s)

  • Peter Shikli, CEO, Access2online

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: All Levels
  • Type of session: General Conference

Summary

A Collaborative Accessibility Portal is a replacement for the standard accessibility statement linked from the bottom of most home pages. It engages the members of your disability community and makes them stakeholders in your website's ongoing process to be accessible.

Abstract

Consider the common accessibility statement linked from the bottom of your home page. It begins by listing the accessibility standards you support and concludes with how to file accessibility claims with various government agencies. Certainly legally compliant, but put yourself in the shoes of disabled people who have arrived on your website, only to be frustrated by some inaccessibility, and then to land on your accessibility statement. The first part says you are accessible, that is, implies that they are incompetent, and then invites them to begin the process that can lead to a judicial complaint against your institution. This is like poking the bear and telling him where to find your picnic basket.

Better is a Collaborative Accessibility Portal that converts adversaries into allies, and engages them in a process to make your website more accessible. This presentation details the components, largely automated to reduce the human labor, but also details the vital people side.

Keypoints

  1. collaborating with the disability community
  2. accessibility statement enhancement
  3. community

Disability Areas

Topic Areas

Administrative/Campus Policy, Information Technology, Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Peter Shikli

A UCLA engineer with an MBA, Peter Shikli has over 30 years in software development, high-tech business formation, and project management. He is a Certified Manufacturing Engineer, a Registered Professional Engineer, accredited college instructor, guest lecturer, a Trusted Tester certified by the federal Office of Accessible Systems & Technology, and has published over 40 articles & books.

Mr. Shikli's experience includes VP of R&D, CIO for an electronic component exchange, various high-tech positions with Garrett Aerospace and Ampex, and Program Manager for SAIC, the world's largest international think tank. Having founded Bizware Online Applications Inc (Access2online's holding corporation), Mr. Shikli chaired various internet consortiums such as the Orange County Chapter of the Southern California ColdFusion Users Group, the Orange County PHP Developers Group, Director of the WebTeam Coalition, and the Internet Consortium of the Orange County Business Council.

Taking a break from his duties as Bizware's CEO, Mr. Shikli is focusing on Access2online, what he considers his legacy project. He has personally trained every inmate working for Access2online and reviews every work product before it reaches our customers.

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