Save the date, Saturday, July 30th for TCCamp – the techcomm unconference. This year, the unconference will be at our own George Mason University. See the TCCamp website for an idea of the forum and format.
Consider volunteering for TCCamp. Details about volunteering are on their website and volunteers get in free!
Details about the conference will be posted here as the plan comes together. Watch this space.
Congratulations to chapter member, Carolyn Kelley Klinger, who is a new Fellow of STC.
For her boundless enthusiasm, her advocacy for STC as the voice of the profession, and her unwavering devotion to recruiting, training, and supporting STC volunteers.
Carolyn joined STC in 1995 and has been an active volunteer for the STC Washington, DC chapter since 1998. She is a two-time past president of the STC Washington, DC Chapter and has held all the chapter’s Administrative Council roles and served on most of its committees. She is an enthusiastic booster of STC, speaking often to schools and professional groups about the benefits of the profession.
Carolyn has served the Society by acting as one of its representatives to the Bureau of Labor Statistics during STC’s successful bid for inclusion of technical communication in the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Carolyn has also served on the STC Nominations Committee and the CAC.
We are extremely proud of Carolyn and all that she does for the chapter and the Society.
The rank of Fellow is the highest honor an STC member can receive and may only be awarded to Associate Fellows who have continued to excel in the field of technical communication. STC Fellows contribute to the profession and the Society at the highest level, as indicated by their publications, presentations, awards, mentoring, leadership, and community service. For more information about the rank of STC Fellow, see http://www.stc.org/membership/recognition/honors/882-what-is-an-stc-fellow.
Congratulations to Carolyn and to the other 2016 Associate Fellows and Fellows:
Sometimes you can find useful technical communication information in the most unlikely places. The RAP Project is hidden in the Nandy Conure Page website. Birders will know that a nanday conure is a beautiful medium-small mostly green Neotropical parrot (also known as the black-hooded parakeet). This website has a gallery of fan pages devoted to individual birds in addition to FAQ and a forum for nandy conure lovers.
The Nandy website also provides links to other items of interest to nandy conure lovers and an odd assortment of helpful resources such as:
A page to help technical writers and editors avoid the redundant acronym phrase (RAP) syndrome.
Nanday.com is the official home of the Redundant Acronym Phrase (RAP) project.
A RAP is a phrase containing an acronym plus a word or phrase such that, when the acronym is expanded, the phrase would contain a redundancy. This is best illustrated by an example: ATM machine. ATM is an acronym for automated teller machine. Thus, ATM machine really means automated teller machine machine.
Clearing redundant acronym phrases from your writing will help with translations of your writing and will improve accessibility when screen readers read the full spelled out meaning of an acronym for visually disabled users who would be puzzled hearing "machine machine".
KeyContent.org Calendar Events for the Year where your event submissions are welcome. KeyContent.org is an idea space where you can express your insights about your profession. Think of this site as a white board with a brain. You create and edit articles or portals to other sites and share your insights… maintained by Rick Sapir of STC
Abilities Expo Location:
NY Metro, Apr 29-May 1, 2016
Chicago, June 24-26, 2016
Houston, Aug 5-7, 2016
Boston, Sep 16-18, 2016
Bay Area, Nov 18-20, 2016
DC Metro, Dec 2-4, 2016
Toronto, Jan 20-22, 2017
Los Angeles, Mar 24-26, 2017
May 17, 2016 Australian Network on Disability's Conference "Enabling Change Creating Impact" Australia's only conference on disability specifically for employers and businesses, and provides a unique opportunity for senior leaders, diversity practitioners and HR professionals to gain insight into best practice and current trends around recruitment, retention and inclusion of people with disability in all aspects of business. Location: Sydney, Australia
October 19–21, 2016 Closing The Gap 2016: Assistive Technology Resources for Children and Adults with Special Needs "35th Annual Conference" Location: Bloomington – Minneapolis South, Bloomington, Minnesota
November 3–5, 2016 Clarity2016 The Business of Clarity: A plain language conference for the law, business, and government. Learn about evidence-based, accessible writing in law, business, and government. Location: Wellington, New Zealand