John Slatin

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As many of you know, John Slatin passed away last week, and in celebration of how his life has touched so many of us in the accessibility arena a project is being launched that will both honor his memory and assist his family with significant expenses that remain from his long illness. There is a new project designed to help.

The basic idea is this:

  1. We get accessibility experts to volunteer a few hours of time to perform a brief accessibility review of a company or organization web site.
  2. We get companies to sign up. They will contribute a minimum of US$500 to “The John Slatin Fund”.
  3. The expert and the company are paired and the review takes
    place, spreading the word on accessibility.

This review will not be comprehensive but serve to provide an organization with enough information so that they can understand what the strengths and weaknesses of their site are and what course of action is recommended. Some site owners may need a more rigorous audit in order to completely understand all accessibility issues, but such an audit is out of the scope of a review that takes 3-4 hours. This is intended as an introduction to accessibility for the site owner who is interested in learning about this important topic. Accessibility experts will need to conduct a short review, using combinations of tests to provide a document with an overview of accessibility to the site for
users with various disabilities.

What we need is for people who are willing to donate a few hours of their time to sign up as reviewers.

In addition, we ask that everyone help spread the word about this project to help us get companies interested in an accessibility review to sign up and to donate to The John Slatin Fund. If you have a blog, please blog this project. A short description:

The John Slatin Fund Accessibility Project matches accessibility experts with companies that would like a brief review of their site for accessibility. In return, the site owner is asked to contribute a minimum of $500 to The John Slatin Fund. The John Slatin Fund was established to help John’s beloved Anna offset the medical expenses incurred during John’s long illness. The goal of this project is to raise $25,000 for that purpose. Learn about the project and sign up at knowbility.org/business/john-slatin

This is a project developed and managed by friends of John. All proceeds go directly to John’s family. Please join us in honoring John and helping his family.

If you have questions, please let us know.