Academic journal article Information Technology and Disabilities

In Memory of John Slatin

Academic journal article Information Technology and Disabilities

In Memory of John Slatin

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John Slatin, our friend and colleague, passed away before the article in this issue was published. He was diagnosed with leukemia in 2005, and, after treatment, remission, recurrence, and more treatment, he passed away March 24, 2008, at the age of 55. It was a long, hard battle that John and his wife Anna took on with positive determination.

John taught at the University of Texas at Austin for 29 years and was the founder and director of the Accessibility Institute on campus. He was a world-renowned leader in the field of accessibility and had a tremendous impact at both national and international levels. He was very proud of his work as a member and co-director of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Working Group as it updated and revised the W3C accessibility guidelines (WCAG 2.0). He served as a consultant on a wide range of projects for students in his classes, web developers on campus, local and national companies, and international businesses. He was always willing to support those who wanted to learn more about accessibility.

When people speak of John, they always note how positive and encouraging he was. He was a very accepting person with a variety of interests such as poetry, technology, accessibility, support of the arts, and improvisational dance. The people who gathered at his memorial service included English professors, Web developers, artists, and performers--an eclectic group that together represented the spirit of John.

Even in his passing, he has inspired others. Several opportunities to give back have been organized in his name. …

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