John Slatin, a dearly loved member of the web accessibility community and former chair of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group, sadly passed away earlier this year leaving behind him the University of Texas Accessibility Institute.
Sadly UT want to close the Accessibility Institute which has been a centre of excellence for research and innovation in web accessibility. This would be a huge loss to the industry as the Accessibility Institute has contributed to the furtherance of web accessibility in many ways.
As news has spread of the closing of UT’s Accessibility Institute, many have asked for a simple way to register their objections. Knowbility has created and posted an online petition and welcome all the support you can bring by signing the petition and forwarding it to anyone else who may be interested.
Reasons for saving the Accessibility Institute include:
- Need for research based findings to support accessible design practice
- Opportunity for a world class institution like UT to serve as an example to other institutions.
- Place where emerging practices can be tested and modelled
- Contributions to international body of knowledge on inclusion
- Maintain thought leadership in Texas, easily disseminated to state agencies that have accessibility mandates
Sign the petition to save the Accessibility Institute today.