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In April, I had the opportunity to talk about accessibility on the Non-Breaking Space Show. Emily Lewis, Dave McFarland and Chris Enns hosted this episode with a focused set of questions. Our discussion points include:

  • How did the goodwitch decide to specialize in accessibility?
  • What is universal design and how does it relate to accessibility?
  • Do you recommend using an accessibility checklist or a user interactive evaluation process?
  • How do people with disabilities use the web? What types of technologies and techniques do they use?
  • Is the average web developer/designer aware of accessibility?
  • How do you handle it when a client says “accessibility is too expensive for us to do?”
  • If you want to make your site accessible, what are a few first steps you can take?
  • What resources do you recommend for making the business case for accessibility?
  • What is driving the trend towards a more accessible web? Market factors? Legal Factors?
  • How are accessibility and mobile design related?

The podcast is posted over at the Non-Breaking Space Show at Interview with Glenda Sims on Accessibility. I encourage you to explore the treasure trove of interviews at Non-breaking Space TV and consider subscribing to the show on iTunes. Your brain and the web will appreciate it!

Dear friends o’ mine,

My cousin Paul has written an essay about his passion for Porsches. His essay has been selected as one of the 20 Finalists in a contest to win a 2 day trip to a race track with professional driving instruction and a chance to race brand new Porsches. You can help him win by voting for his essay.

  1. Go to https://porsche.promo.eprize.com/passion/
  2. Register to vote (pretty please, for me)
  3. Go to the SECOND page of essays and look for Paul – Norwall, MA
  4. Vote for my cousin (Paul – Norwall, Ma)

Warning…there is a Paul on the first page…but that is NOT my cousin.

How much does Paul want to win? Well…his email to me is below:

Some people dream of attending a Super Bowl game, others want to travel the world but me? I want to drive on a racetrack. I entered an essay contest for Porsche Cars of North America and I ended up getting into the Top 20 Finalists. The link below will take you to the site where you can vote. Mine is on the second page – “Paul – Norwell, MA” You will need to enter your email address but its not for marketing its to ensure no duplicate voting takes place. Seriously, this only takes a minute and I would greatly appreciate it

The prize is pretty much been a life long dream for me…An all expense paid 2 day trip to a race track where I get the pleasure of professional instruction and the chance to flog 5 or 6 brand new Porsche’s around the track. Mind blowing for me. I begging all of you to vote and maybe even convince your contacts to vote for me too!

Thanks in advance and I’ll keep you posted!

Paul

https://porsche.promo.eprize.com/passion/

I’m at a crossroads in my life. It is ever so important that I stop, step back and remember who I am. When life throws me curve balls, I have the opportunity to be at my best. What is my best? Honestly, it is one part goodwitch with a pinch of all the beautiful souls who have ever touched my life.

Do you know me? Have you made me smile? Have you held my hand when I am troubled? Have you shown me how to be strong in the face of adversity? Have you shared a joyful moment with me?

This week, I’ve drawn strength from my dearest friends. I’ve reached out to you all this week physically, virtually or mentally. I feel your love, support and strength.

And while my anthem is (and always will be) “Defying Gravity”, I’ve added the encore anthem of “Hands” by Jewel. My mantra this week is “In the end, only kindness matters.” Because when time gets small…and life begins to slip away…it is love and kindness that truly matter. Did I love you with all my heart? Was I kind and thoughtful? Was I generous? Did I make the best of the moments we had?

So, in this moment, where I stand at a crossroad, I wanted to share this thought with you. It is a paraphrased version of a familiar poem:

Serenity Path

Grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting challenges as the pathway to peace.

If you want to read the original version, just google “full serenity prayer”.

A dear friend just shared the 2008 Presidential Candidate Matching Quiz with me. How do you pick who you are going to vote for? What if you could choose your candidate based on what issues are most important to you and where the candidates stand on your issues….voila…the Pick Your 2008 Candidate for President quiz is here to help.

I just took the survey and here are my results. How ’bout you?

81% Barack Obama
79% Hillary Clinton
77% John Edwards
77% Chris Dodd
76% Bill Richardson
75% Joe Biden
63% Dennis Kucinich
58% Mike Gravel
47% Rudy Giuliani
42% John McCain
31% Mike Huckabee
31% Mitt Romney
23% Tom Tancredo
22% Fred Thompson
9% Ron Paul

2008 Presidential Candidate Matching Quiz