[Athen] Accessibility Statements

Humbert, Joseph A johumber at iupui.edu
Thu Mar 21 10:53:47 PDT 2013

The last line comes dangerously close to contradicting an earlier statement, "We won't treat accessibility as a single disability issue"...lol

Joe Humbert, Adaptive Technology and Accessibility Specialist
UITS Adaptive Technology and Accessibility Centers
Indiana University, Indianapolis and Bloomington
535 W Michigan St. IT214 E
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Office Phone: (317) 274-4378
Cell Phone: (317) 644-6824
johumber at iupui.edu<mailto:johumber at iupui.edu>

From: athen-list-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Heidi Scher
Sent: Thursday, March 21, 2013 10:05 AM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network
Subject: Re: [Athen] Accessibility Statements

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<mailto: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<mailto: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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