[Athen] FYI: Cynthia Waddell

Gaeir Dietrich gdietrich at htctu.net
Wed Apr 17 13:14:37 PDT 2013

Some of you might want to know the sad news that Cynthia Waddell passed away
a few days ago.


"Cynthia Waddell, a pioneer in developing and advocating for legal theories
to support website accessibility for people with disabilities, died on April
3, 2013. In 1998, two years before the first Structured Negotiations web
accessibility settlement, eight years before the Target web litigation was
filed, and long before the U.S. Department of Justice stated its intention
to issue web accessibility regulations, Cynthia wrote an article explaining
the legal basis for universal design in the development of webpages. Before
Twitter and its ubiquitous #a11y and #ux hashtags, Cynthia was an
international advocate for an inclusive web, open to all."


Gaeir (rhymes with "fire") Dietrich
High Tech Center Training Unit of the
California Community Colleges
De Anza College, Cupertino, CA
<http://www.htctu.net/> www.htctu.net


The HTCTU provides leadership, training, and support to the California
Community Colleges in using technology to promote the success of students
with disabilities.


"We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn
bushes have roses."

―Abraham Lincoln

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