[Athen] Accessibility Statements

foreigntype foreigntype at gmail.com
Thu Mar 21 10:45:17 PDT 2013

Great statement! Made me laugh out loud, and in deep appreciation because I
know you stand behind your words, Dan.

Wink Harner

Accessibility Consultant & Multi-Language Alt-Media Production

The Foreign Type

foreigntype at gmail.com

Portland OR


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Sent: Thursday, March 21, 2013 7:05 AM
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Love that last line, Dan!!! ;-)

Have a good one!


Heidi Scher, M.S., CRC
Associate Director
Center for Educational Access
University of Arkansas
ARKU 104
Fayetteville, AR 72701
479.575.7445 fax
479.575.3646 tdd

On Wed, Mar 20, 2013 at 7:17 PM, Dan Comden <danc at uw.edu> wrote:

Here's one. Yes, I'm a dreamer:

"We try to be accessible in our products and services. We understand that
accessibility is a process, not an end product. This means that we adhere to
current standards toward this goal and where we fall short, we respond to
customer concerns and complaints in a timely fashion. We won't treat
accessibility as a single disability issue. We consider accessibility a core
component of usability and will include testing for it as a primary step of
our product development cycle. We don't want our employees to make false
statements about the accessibility of our products and services, and if they
are caught fudging, fibbing, or flat out lying about accessibility, we
promise to publicly mock them before cutting them loose. We are just as
cynical about VPATs as you are and because of this, we promise to use them
as little as possible and instead refer to this mission statement. We'll
include language that addresses accessibility in all our contracts with
customers. We will steal the mice from our developers on a regular and
random basis."

On Wed, Mar 20, 2013 at 12:39 PM, Ron Stewart <ron at ahead.org> wrote:

Good afternoon all, had an interesting request. If you could set the
accessibility mission statement for a company what would you say?



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