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Winner of John M Slatin Award at W4A 2010

Posted by Brian Kelly on 29 April 2010

I’m pleased to report that our paper on “Developing Countries; Developing Experiences: Approaches to Accessibility for the Real World” which was presented at the W4A 2010 conference on Monday received the John M Slatin award for Best Communications Paper. My co-authors for this paper were Sarah Lewthwaite and David Sloan.

This is the latest in a series of papers which have been presented at the W4A conferences in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010 (the theme of the W4A 2009 conference was “Web Accessibility for Older Users” and we thought it would be difficult to relate this theme to our area of work).

In a post entitled “It Started With A Tweet” I described how I first got to know the second co-author, Sarah Lewthwaite, whom I have not yet met. Sarah provided the holistic approach to Web accessibility (which David Sloan, myself and other accessibility researchers and practitioners have developed over the past 6 years) with a grounding in disability research theories, in particular aversive disablism.

Our paper is not yet available online. The paper is now available on the University of Bath institutional repository. Once it has been uploaded (and we have permission to make available version of the paper on the UKOLN Web site) I will provide a summary of the ideas described in the paper and invite feedback. But for now I need to track down David Sloan and get to see the “engraved plinth and silver plate”.

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7 Responses to “Winner of John M Slatin Award at W4A 2010”

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