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Many Upcoming Conferences have Changed their Dates

Covid-19 has caused many conferences to cancel, postpone, or revise their format. I've updated the 2020-2021 Upcoming Accessibility and UI/UX Conferences post at https://events.stcwdc.org/2020-2021-upcoming-accessibility-and-ui-ux-conferences/ and the 2020-2021 Upcoming TechComm Conferences at https://events.stcwdc.org/2020-2021-upcoming-techcomm-conferences/ to show the revised dates and locations.

Check the rest of the scheduled conferences through this year and 2021. Some have been postponed for a year and some have moved to the Fall / Winter of this year. For example, Funka is usually held in Sweden in April. It was postponed to the end of November and you now have your chance to see Sweden in Winter.

If you've already made reservations for the conference, check with the conference website to see what their plans are for reimbursing you or applying payments to the 2021 or 2022 conference. They will also have information for cancelling hotel and travel reservations.

Check back again in a few months in case some of the ones who postponed to the Fall / Winter have changed to virtual or moved to 2021 or 2022.

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5th Annual ICT Accessibility Testing Virtual Symposium, week of 19 October 2020

ICT Accessibility Testing Symposium logo on the left and testing equipment on the right

"Time for Testing in Testing Times"
(Remote Work, Commerce, Education, Support…)

When: Week of October 19, 2020 (Specific schedule TBD)

Workshops and Instructional Courses: Weeks Prior/Post Symposium (TBD)

It goes without saying that these are testing times for everyone as society collectively deals with the Covid-19 global pandemic. Workers, retailers, restauranteurs, teachers, students, and customer support operators are finding themselves obliged to move to online as the primary means of collaboration with colleagues and customers. It also goes without saying that a considerable number of these systems featured no or poor accessibility development/testing.

Given this rapid transition of many who are new to such online tools, the amount of additional accessibility blockers is growing by the day. Do developers and administrators of new websites and other digital content have accessibility in mind? Most likely not. Do the tools they use to quickly implement new websites, Apps, and electronic documents automatically generate accessible code? Commonly no.

As a profession, we have had to cope with our own business issues in the same ways as those in other industries. We've also had to step up to support those in other industries to help solve their accessibility problems, many of which have only emerged as a result of the massive switch to online operations. A lot has happened in a short time, and there is much that can be gained by sharing our positive (and perhaps, negative?) experiences in ICT Accessibility Testing research and practice. To play our part, we have to be here to provide support to those tackling their technology issues, so that we may help them ensure equitable access for all members of our society.

Our annual symposium has traditionally been a place for inperson knowledge sharing and for professional face-to-face networking. Let's use this year's online symposium to continue sharing what works during the current situation and beyond, and let's continue networking with our peers—but this time online—the same way that so many of us are getting used to while we go through this together.

Sincerely, Dr. Chris M. Law, Chair, & Matt Feldman, Co-Chair,
2020 Symposium Committee

Program and Registration

The Preliminary Program will be available and Registration will open on Wednesday, August 5. Please register then at https://www.ictaccessibilitytesting.org/registration/. Currently, this year's submissions are being reviewed.

To stay informed with updates, sign up for announcements by emailing email hidden; JavaScript is required. Get in touch for sponsor inquiries by contacting the email hidden; JavaScript is required.

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Access to the OnDemand 2020 Summit will be available through 31 August

Just in case you missed it, STC's 2020 Technical Communication Summit & Expo was completely virtual. You now have the option to view all the recorded sessions on demand at any convenient place and time. Access to the OnDemand Summit will be available through 31 August. With just over 90 sessions, you could invest one to two hours a day and view all the sessions presented. Registering for the OnDemand Summit provides 8 CEUs for CPTC currency.

The OnDemand Summit website has registration information and the descriptions of the recorded sessions on the Full Schedule page. The recorded sessions are on a separate website. The next business day after you have registered for the OnDemand Summit, you’ll receive the logon information for the OnDemand Summit site.

Not yet a member of STC?

Take advantage of reduced membership dues and use the benefits for the remainder of 2020. Visit the STC Membership page for details about the variety of membership categories and benefits available.

Why Should You Join STC?

Become a dues-paying member of STC and take advantage of all the benefits of membership set aside for STC members only. “Members Only” benefits.

Join the Washington, DC-Baltimore Chapter

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The Platinum award-winning Washington, DC – Baltimore (WDCB) Chapter celebrates its 65th anniversary this year. Join the chapter to network with and learn from members in diverse fields including advertising, computer manufacturing, data processing, education, electronics, engineering, government, medicine, publishing, and research. For a brief summary about our chapter, see the Washington, DC – Baltimore (WDCB) Chapter brochure (.pdf).

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