This is a guest post; a slightly modified letter from Lainey Feingold. Thank you Lainey!
I hope this message finds you, your families and colleagues, and all those you love safe and as well as possible during these challenging times, the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. I write to share some upcoming accessibility learning opportunities and resources.
- A Future Date Conference is a free three day virtual gathering on April 21-23 offering many accessibility sessions cancelled this past spring. It will include the Digital Accessibility Legal Update that didn’t happen at CSUN.
- John Slatin AccessU will be virtual this year, with four packed days of accessibility goodness in May. You can catch the Digital Accessibility Legal Update on May 14.
- The free Introduction to Web Accessibility Course from the Web Accessibility Initiative of the W3C and Unesco has been extended on edX through May 30. So valuable!
- I’ve had the (great) opportunity this past year to serve as a subject matter expert on accessibility issues for Disability:In. In this role I helped with a just-released resource titled Digital Accessibility and Remote Work. It is part of the organization’s COVID-19 Response series. Feedback welcomed.
For years I have said in my talks and trainings that digital accessibility is a civil right of disabled people. The truth of this has never been clearer.
This pandemic teaches that remote work, distance learning, and social connection is not possible without accessible information, software and technology. And this global health crisis underscores that accessible information can be a matter of life and death.
The global pandemic is frightening. Yet every day I am reminded of the importance of the work we all do to make the digital world inclusive. Thank you for the part you play.
Stay safe and stay well,