Academic journal article Information Technology and Disabilities

EASI and ATHEN Are Collaborating to Breathe a Second Life into Their Longstanding E-Journals

Academic journal article Information Technology and Disabilities

EASI and ATHEN Are Collaborating to Breathe a Second Life into Their Longstanding E-Journals

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The original Information Technology and Disabilities (ITD) Journal began in 1994, was sponsored by EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information), and produced until 2008. EASI is primarily a dissemination organization, and it used its Web page, its online courses and its Webinars to be a resource for people needing to keep in touch with IT accessibility trends. ITD articles reflect the advances in both information technology and in the work to improve accessibility for people with various disabilities. Skimming past issues provides an overview of how much IT and accessibility have improved over those years. The changes to accessibility include advances in assistive software as well as a growing awareness of vendors' increasing concern for their responsibility to design products that include users with disabilities. The articles also reveal the fact that vendors, in their eagerness to innovate, frequently only consider accessibility as an afterthought. Users with disabilities are continuously playing catch up. When significant accessibility enhancements occur, the goal posts are moved leaving new hurdles to overcome. The hope is that, as the boomer generation ages, this enlarged and educated group of consumers will be taken more seriously.

ATHEN (Access Technology Higher Education Network) has sponsored the ATHEN E-Journal for several years, gaining national and international recognition for the work the organization is doing. …

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