[Athen] Jim Thatcher has died
ShelleyHaven at techpotential.net
Thu Dec 12 18:21:48 PST 2019
> ...he was the first person I followed as an authority in accessibility.
Same here. Sorry that he has passed, yet very thankful for the legacy he left and the path he blazed.
Shelley Haven ATP, RET
Assistive Technology Consultant
> On Dec 12, 2019, at 1:42 PM, Jennifer Knott <knott_jennifer at columbusstate.edu> wrote:
> Thanks for sharing this, he was the first person I followed as an authority in accessibility.
> Jennifer Knott, Ed.D.
> Director, Center of Online Learning
> Columbus State University
> (706) 507-8695
> On Thu, Dec 12, 2019 at 3:40 PM Howard Kramer <hkramer at ahead.org <mailto:hkramer at ahead.org>> wrote:
> I'm not sure this has been discussed on the ATHEN or WebAIM lists but I saw this post by Richard Ladner about the passing of Jim Thatcher and thought I would share it since it was such as nice tribute. Jim came to AHG a few times and I saw him regularly up to a few years ago at CSUN and other conferences. Definitely a great guy and a pioneer in the field of accessibility.
> ---------- Forwarded message ---------
> From: Richard Ladner <ladner at cs.washington.edu <mailto:ladner at cs.washington.edu>>
> Date: Tue, Dec 10, 2019 at 10:56 AM
> Subject: Jim Thatcher has died
> To: <access-announcements at acm.org <mailto:access-announcements at acm.org>>
> Jim Thatcher passed away on December 7, 2019 at the age of 83.
> He was the first recipient of the SIGACCESS Outstanding Contribution Award <https://www.sigaccess.org/2008/04/jim-thatcher-outstanding-contribution-recipient-2008/> in 2008.
> While working for IBM he developed the first screen readers for personal computers.
> His website <https://jimthatcher.com/>is being maintained by Knowbility.
> He was a very good man.
> Richard E. Ladner
> Professor Emeritus
> Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering
> University of Washington
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