A new website to talk about

I have a lot of projects going on right now (explains why this blog has been quiet), but there’s one that’s just about ready to announce the world so I feel comfortable talking about it now.

Through my work with “SCOPES”:http://www.scopesnetwork.org I have met the leaders of other parent support groups in the county. The group in New Canaan is called “SPED*NET”:http://www.spednet.org and they are particularly active. Every year they have held a one-day conference on Inclusion. This conference is aimed at professionals (teachers, administrators, therapists, etc.) although they always try and have some parent-focused content. As parents, we keep yelling at the professionals not to segregate our children because they don’t have a clue how to educate them with typical peers, but we don’t give them the tools and training to do it right. This conference is a step in the right direction and is well-received around the state.

Last year I did their flyer and 8 page print brochure. Almost at the last minute, we talked about taking online registrations. We tied them into PayPal and put the form on the existing SPED*NET site. About 30% of the attendees ended up applying online. This year, I offered to build a website from the start. One that they could use from year to year and would hopefully contain pictures or other conference-related information.

“Here is what I came up with.”:http://www.spednetconference.org

SPEDNET inclusion conference

We went black & white on the print side to save money, so I wanted a site that was bright and colorful and *accessible.* I keep accessibility in mind on all my websites, but on this one in particular I wanted to make sure it met the “State of CT Universal Web Site Accessibility Policy.”:http://www.cmac.state.ct.us/access/policies/accesspolicy40.html I believe that I have met that goal and the site meets Priority 1 and Priority 2 checklists (AA) of the W3C’s “Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).”:http://www.w3.org/WAI/ There’s probably more I could have done, but I’ve found that coding to web standards (valid XHTML/CSS) brings me halfway home.

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4 thoughts on “A new website to talk about

  1. I have a friend on the CT Web Accessibility Committee. I had to forward this post to her. She is very dedicated to accessibilty in web design and I’m sure she’ll enjoy seeing the conference website.

    It really is a great example of how good design and accessibility can go hand in hand. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. Hi Judi:
    A friend sent me the link to your blog today because it mentioned the State of Connecticut Web Site Accessibility Policy and your goal to achieve compliance with the policy (I chair the Committee that wrote and implemented the policy).

    The site is beautiful – you go girl!

    If you ever have any questions, please feel free to write me.

    ~ Kathleen

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