Web Accessibility: Myths, Facts, Opportunities – Thursday, June 12, 2008

* Please join us for an enlightening discussion about the facts of web accessibility and Section 508 compliance, as well as practical advice on creating accessible websites without sacrificing design. *

Date: Thursday, June 12, 2008
Time: 6 – 8PM * Social time & networking 6 – 6:30PM *
Location: Hunt Room, Hamilton Hall, University of the Arts
320 South Broad Street (Broad and Pine Streets)
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Directions: http://www.uarts.edu/admission/directions.html
Parking Locator: http://www.philapark.org/parkinglocator/parking_locator.aspx
RSVP: phillychi@gmail.com

About the Presentation
A California federal judge’s recent decision not to dismiss a discrimination case against retailer Target Corp has possibly opened to the door to future Internet-related Americans with Disabilities Act claims. The ruling, believed to be the first indicating that the ADA can apply to the Internet, brings to light issues surrounding web accessibility and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

In this presentation, Kel Smith will speak about the concept of barrier-free user experience, describe the practical benefits of compliance, explore the legal and technical history of accessibility, and offer advice to those who want to design attractive websites that meet the needs of all users.

About the Speaker
Kel Smith is a conceptual technologist specializing in the design and usability of digital experiences, with stints at such companies as GlaxoSmithKline and Yellowbook. His strong interest in web accessibility has resulted in published articles, lectures and seminars; his piece titled “The Missing Link” appeared in The Practical Lawyer and Experience Magazine, and he was recently interviewed by Bill Cullifer for the WOW Technology Minute series.

In February 2008, Kel launched Anikto LLC to promote accessibility tactics across multiple disciplines and markets. He is currently the Director of Design and Development for Tandem Learning, a company specializing in highly-interactive, multimedia training experiences. Kel lives just outside of Philadelphia with his very, very patient wife.

About the Sponsors
Avenue A | RazorfishAvenue A | Razorfish is one of the largest interactive marketing and technology services agencies in the world. The company helps industry leaders such as Starwood Hotels, Kraft, Ford Motor Company and Carnival Cruise Lines use digital channels to acquire and service customers. Avenue A | Razorfish’s full suite of digital offerings includes online advertising, Web site design and development, email and search engine marketing, emerging media strategies, and enterprise portal development. Its award-winning client teams have a great understanding of customer needs and provide solutions through distinct business disciplines, which include: analytics, strategy, technology, media, creative design and user experience. Avenue A | Razorfish has offices in markets across the United States, and global operations in Australia, China, France, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom.

Visit http://www.avenuea-razorfish.com for more information.

mmCMACEstablished in 1997, the Multimedia Department grants Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees and offers studies spanning a wide range of interactive media and design. Part of the University of the Arts’ College of Media and Communication (CMAC), the Department shares the CMAC mission of the integration of art, technology, and communication. The University of the Arts’ New Media Center — a state-of-the-art digital laboratory — is the primary classroom for students in the Multimedia Program.

For more information, visit http://www.cmacweb.org or call 215.717.6322.