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
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.