eAccessibility, eInclusion, digital inclusion: making inroads
I am delighted to have been asked to join the eAccessibility Forum, a government thinktank advising on eAccessibility, eInclusion and the ongoing commitment to bridge the digital divide. Wow. How excited am I? Words cannot describe.
As I have this unusual mix of business know-how, disability, marketing savviness and accessibility expertise, the Digital Inclusion team at the BIS who chair the forum and have been tasked with making digital inclusion a reality, seem to believe that this mix will bring some fresh thinking and a different perspective to the group. Of course, I agree as I have been yapping on about this stuff for some time now, but I also feel that there are a lot of people within the accessibility community who are not represented and whose contribution is not simply going to be helpful, but is in my wee little opinion, a fundamental necessity.
So I have been on a bit of a recruitment drive and have now got some hard core heavyweight accessibility advocates to join me and this is simply awesome!
The knowledge and expertise of the existing forum was already pretty impressive but it is about to become extraordinary. And I am in pretty good company, not only because my two mega recruits, Chris Mills and Ian Pouncey are fellow hippies and share my human rights view on things, but because they are quite simply, what I aspire to be.
So, I am now feeling a tad less restless, a little less angst-ridden and a whole lot happier that I may actually be getting some traction on my promise to you guys that I would work my backside off to make the internet a happier place.
But it remains a long game as in the technology space, there are so many players and agendas that you need a program, a manual and probably an interpreter, but I am made of tough and sustainable stuff, well everything but my eyes that is, so please wish me luck. I am on my way.