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The Accessibility SIG developed an accessibility guide for the STC annual conference for many years. In recent years the conference hotel has provided accessibility information. The materials presented at annual conference sessions constitute a significant part of the body of knowledge developed by the Accessibility SIG. Visit the STC Summit website for information about the next conference.
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Conference Session Materials

This page identifies conference materials for the years 2000 through 2008 and provides links to the materials posted on this website. The links are being fixed as quickly as possible offline (October 10, 2015).

55th International STC Technical Communication Summit in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2008

Accessibility SIG Members Roadmap a guide to the 2008 accessibility-related sessions (88 KB .pdf) Speaker sign (38 KB .pdf) The STC Accessibility Guide to make conference attendance and travel easier and more manageable for all members of STC Assessing Accessibility of Websites for Users with Disabilities (DA 6A) – Mini-Workshop by Jennifer Jobst, University of Texas at Austin; Lisa R. Pappas, SAS Institute Inc.; Sarah Swierenga, PhD, Michican State University Assessing the Usability and Usefulness of Tech-Mediated Communication (AR F) – Research Report by Cheryl Geisler; Roger A. Grice Communicating and Creating Training for Disasters and Emergencies (DD B) – Discussion by Eve Dumovich, The Boeing Company; Judith Herr, Well Chosen Words; Lori Gillen, McKesson Health Solutions; Trina Grieshaber, BloodCenter of Wisconsin (1.4 MB .zip no longer online) Communicating and Creating Training for Disasters and Emergencies (DD B) – An Encouraging Exercise: Technical Communicators bring valuable capabilities by Judith Herr, Well Chosen Words (12 KB .zip no longer online) Communication Strategies of Successful Virtual Teams (MP 5D) – Discussion by Andrea Ames, IBM; Geoffrey J.S. Hart, Self-employed; Lisa R. Pappas, SAS Institute Inc.; Jan Pejovic, SunGard Higher Education (264 KB .zip no longer online) Communication Strategies of Successful Virtual Teams (MP 5D) – Virtual Teams Bibliography by Andrea Ames, IBM; Geoffrey J.S. Hart, Self-employed; Lisa R. Pappas, SAS Institute Inc.; Jan Pejovic, SunGard Higher Education (40 KB .pdf) Designing for Search (DA 7A) – Presentation by Caroline Jarrett; Whitney Quesenbery (1.4 MB .pdf) Developing content for the International Marketplace (GLT 9F) – Presentation by Butch Pfremmer, Welocalize Home Page Usability – Communicating Your Value (DA 9N) Featured Speaker by Daniel Szuc Pictures and Profits: Innovations in Visual Instruction and Multi-ethnic Usability Research (DA 8C) – Presentation by Patrick Hofmann, Google (1.7 MB .pdf no longer online) Show and Tell: Building Usability into E-learning (DA 11B) – Presentation by Carol Barnum, Southern Polytechnic State Univ. (286.1 KB .pdf) Technical Communication Body of Knowledge I: A Framework for Moving Forward (AR 4I) by David D. Dayton; Michael A. Hughes, PhD, IBM Internet Security Systems; Hillary Hart; Janice (Ginny) Redish, Redish & Associates, Inc. (124 KB .pdf) Technical Communication Body of Knowledge II: Open Forum for Discussion and Feedback (AR 9H) – Discussion Presentation by David D. Dayton; Michael A. Hughes, PhD, IBM Internet Security Systems; Hillary Hart; Janice (Ginny) Redish, Redish & Associates, Inc., Nancy W. Coppola; Marjorie T. Davis, School of Engineering, Tech Comm Dept.; Daphne R. Walmer; Mark Hanigan, On the Write Track (4 KB .pdf no longer online) The ABCs of Documentation Usability Testing (DA A) – Mini-Workshop by Leah Guren (740 KB .pdf) Trends in User Research (DA 5B) – Discussion by Jean Anderson, Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.; Karen L Bachmann, Seascape Consulting, Inc.; Whitney Quesenbery; Janice (Ginny) Redish, Redish & Associates, Inc.; Todd Zaki Warfel, Messagefirst Using Content Management to Improve Content Quality (CMI 9G) – Featured Speaker”by Steve Manning, The Rockley Group Writing as an Asynchronous Conversation (DD 7J) – Featured Speaker by Janice (Ginny) Redish, Redish & Associates, Inc. (2 MB .pdf) Handout for Writing as an Asynchronous Conversation (DD 7J) by Janice (Ginny) Redish, Redish & Associates, Inc. (24 KB .pdf)

54th International STC Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2007

Accessibility SIG Members Roadmap a guide to accessibility-related sessions (61.8 KB .pdf) Flyer about Smoking at the Conference (24 KB .pdf) STC Accessibility Guide (1.1 MB .pdf) to make conference attendance and travel easier and more manageable for all members of STC Blind and Sighted User Experiences with a Transportation Authority Website by Sarah J. Swierenga and Amy Diehl, MSU UAC; Pat Gilbert, CATA (1.6 MB .pdf) Don't Leave Me Out! Designing Usable and Accessible Websites by Janice (Ginny) Redish (1.4 MB .pdf) What is Accessible, Usable On-line Instruction? by Gloria Reece (188.5 KB .pdf) Writing for the Web – 2007 by Janice (Ginny) Redish (1.5 MB .pdf)

53rd International STC Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, 2006

STC Accessibility Guide (596 KB .pdf) for STC's 53rd Annual Conference. Assistive Technology: Strategies for Diverse Needs by Gloria Reece (101.6 KB .pdf) Don't Reinvent Any Wheels—Check Out This Turnkey Toolkit for Chapter and SIG Leaders! by Dan Voss (1.1 MB .pdf) IEEE and STC Ethical Guidelines Call for Fairness on Disabilities and Accessibility by Dan Voss (359.7 KB .pdf) Is the Mouse a 'Poor Man's Eye Tracker? by Lynne Cooke (97 KB .pdf) Measuring Cognitive Load to Test the Usability of Websites by Janet Patton Tracy and Dr. Michael J. Albers (62.6 KB .pdf) Speaking and Listening to Computers by James A. Larson (83 KB .pdf) Using an Access-Centered Design to Improve Accessibility: A Primer for Technical Communicators by Linda Enders Roberts (183.5 KB .pdf)

52nd International STC Conference in Seattle, Washington, 2005

Accessibility Special Interest Group (Brochure) by Jen Selix (355 KB .pdf) STC Accessibility Guide (1.82 MB .pdf) for STC's 52nd Annual Conference. Guide to Accessibility-Related Technical Sessions and Activities at 52nd Conference (Accessibility SIG Achieve!, Vol 3 No 1a) by Lisa Pappas and Dan Voss (148 KB .pdf), a special newsletter edition for STC's 52nd Annual Conference. Achieve! Vol 3 No 1 by Lisa Pappas (820 KB .pdf), newsletter for January – April 2005. About Boomers: Aging Eyes Meet Shrinking Screens by Nova Berkshires (18.5 KB .pdf) Sources for Aging Eyes Meet Shrinking Screens by Nova Berkshires (28 KB .pdf) Notes for Aging Eyes Meet Shrinking Screens by Nova Berkshires (89.4 KB .pdf) Aging Eyes Meet Shrinking Screens Presentation by Nova Berkshires (1.3 MB .pdf) A process model for creating accessible documentation by Richard Herring (727.5 KB .pdf) Congratulations, you have ADD! by Mike Murray (44 KB .pdf) Emotional/Mental Disabilities by Helen Marty (136 KB .pdf) From Starfish to Butterfly: the Amazing Story of the Accessibility SIG by Dan Voss (188 KB .pdf) How Websites Work for Older Users: A Study of 50 Sites by Dana Chisnell, Ginny Redish, and Amy Lee (1.1 MB .pdf) Making Accessibility Part of Your Website Management Routine by Rick Ells (143.6 KB .pdf) Promoting document and web accessibility in a telecommunications [or any] organization by Richard Herring (35.8 KB .pdf) Quantum Leaps (Briefing) by Maureen Hogg (53.2 KB .pdf) Quantum Leaps (Paper) by Maureen Hogg (48.8 KB .pdf) Secondary Disabilities: the Vicious Circle (How One Impairment Can Cause Another) (Briefing) by Lori Gillen, and Ria and Dan Voss (214.6 KB .pdf) Stuckness and Low Vision: My Journey by Gloria Reece (168 KB .pdf) Using Section 508 to Improve Internet Access to Information for Everybody by Thomas Vander Wal (124 KB .pdf)

51st International STC Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, 2004

Accessibility Guide for STC's 51st Annual Conference (1.43 MB .pdf) Achieve! special newsletter edition for STC's 51st Annual Conference (148 KB .pdf) Communicating with Older Audiences by Amy Lee and Dana Chisnell (68 KB .pdf) From East to West: Comparing Experiences as a Wheelchair User in Asia, Europe, and the USA by Eleanor Lisney (84 KB .pdf) Progression Table Topics for Section 508 for Dummies by Lori Gillen (32 KB .pdf) Progression Table Topics for Willing and Able: How Technical Communicators with Disabilities Can Succeed in Their Profession by Lori Gillen (32 KB .pdf) Redesigning the Accessibility SIG website for Accessibility by Cynthia A. Lockley and Leslie Reed (244 KB .pdf) Resource List for Web Accessibility by Eleanor Lisney (92 KB .pdf) Secondary Disabilities: The Vicious Circle by Ria and Dan Voss (152 KB .pdf) Briefing Charts for Progression Table, Secondary Disabilities: The Vicious Circle (How One Impairment Can Cause Another) by Lori Gillen and Ria and Dan Voss (128 KB .pdf) Section 508 compliance, accessibility, and Adobe Acrobat PDF by Kathy Bine (533 KB .pdf) Section 508 compliance, accessibility, and Adobe Acrobat PDF by Kathy Bine (348 KB .ppt no longer online) Section 508 References by Lori Gillen (60 KB .pdf) Section 508 Scope by Lori Gillen (60 KB .pdf) Section 508 Usability checklist for people with hearing impairments by Lori Gillen (72 KB .pdf) Section 508 Web Law for Hearing-Impaired by Lori Gillen (76 KB .pdf) The Top 5 Roadblocks To Accessibility by Karl Groves (36 KB .pdf) Using Section 508 to Improve Internet Access to Information for Everybody by Thomas Vander Wal (124 KB .pdf) Work Accommodations for People with Emotional or Mental Disabilities by Helen Marty (24 KB .pdf)

50th International STC Conference in Dallas, Texas, 2003

Accessibility Conference Guide for People with Special Needs: 50th STC International Conference, Dallas, TX, May 2003 by multiple authors, includes the Addendum (2.6 MB .pdf) Access: How Best to Serve Postsecondary Students Who Are Hard of Hearing by Judy Vinegar (2.3 MB .pdf) Access: How Best to Serve Postsecondary Students Who Are Hard of Hearing by Judy Vinegar (756 KB .ppt no longer online) Accessibility Redefined paper by Fabien Vais (32.6 KB .pdf) Achieve! Newsletter: Special Conference Edition, Volume 1, Number 2a Mike Murray and Dan Voss (155 KB .pdf) Annotated Bibliography: Hearing Web Pages by Judy Vinegar (103 KB .pdf) Assistive Listening Systems: Crucial For Skilled Listeners With a Hearing Loss paper by Judy Vinegar (268 KB .pdf) A Yuletide Turtle Tale paper by Dan Voss (51 KB .pdf) But I Don't Have a Disability!: Writing Inclusive Documents paper by Gail Lippincott (121 KB .pdf) Dealing with Special Mobility Needs: A Lesson in Patience and Coping paper by Fabien Vais (30 KB .pdf) Fibromyalgia: Definition, Causes, Treatments, Resources handout by Pauline Horn (121 KB .pdf) From 'Disabled' to 'Enabled': Meeting Special Needs to Ensure Accessibility (Progression Description, 10 Topics) (84 KB .pdf) Have Modem, Won't Travel: Telecommuting as a Career Enabler for Technical Communicators with Disabilities paper by Helen Marty (155 KB .pdf) In World Cup Soccer and in Overcoming Disabilities, 'Impossible' is Just Another Word for 'Work Harder' paper by Dan Voss (306 KB .pdf) I Walk, I See, I Hear paper by Jodi Shumway (70 KB .pdf) Making Documentation Accessible to Users With Disabilities paper by Gail B. Chappell (45.1 KB .pdf) Making Web-Based Online Help Accessible: A Case Study paper by Diba Bot-Roche, Frances Mullally, Vijay Sivashankar and Donna Sutarno (236.9 KB .pdf) Our SIG's 'e-Lifeline': Tapping Online Resources to Help Meet Special Needs paper by Cynthia Lockley and Mike Murray (1.56 MB .pdf) Section 508 Guidelines for RoboHelp Authors paper by Lori Gillen (82 KB .pdf) The Story of the Starfish paper by Dan Voss (116 KB .pdf) Traveling Route 508: A One-Way Street to Universal Accessibility paper by Katharyn Bine and Gloria A. Reece (66.3 KB .pdf) Types and Applications of Assistive Technology for Hard of Hearing People paper by Judy Vinegar (95 KB .pdf) Web Accommodation for the Vision-Impaired paper by Lory Hawkes (58 KB .pdf) Working to Section 508: Seeing, Hearing, and Understanding Accessible, Usable Web Pages paper by Gloria Reece, Judy Vinegar, and Lori Gillen (86 KB .pdf) Working to Section 508: Understanding Web Pages PowerPoint version by Lori Gillen (963 KB .ppt) What's Wrong with Being 70? paper by Andrew Malcolm (71 KB .pdf) Working to 508: Hearing Web Pages panel presentation by Judy Vinegar (2.9 MB .pdf)

49th International STC Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, 2002

Conference Guide for People with Special Needs: 49th STC International Conference, Nashville, TN, May 2002 by Fabien Vais includes the Addendum (1 MB .pdf) Accessibility Meets Usability: A Plea for a Paramount and Concurrent User-centered Design Approach to Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility for All paper by Gloria Reece. (55.2 KB .pdf) ADA-508 Compliance and Usability Testing Techniques for Accessible Web Pages paper by Gloria Reece. (26 KB .pdf) Let's Take the”Dis”Out of Disabilities: A Progression on How to Harness Technology to Meet Special Needs in Technical Communication and to Ensure User Accessibility in Communication Products (Progression Description, 7 Topics) (13 KB .pdf) Meet the STC Special Needs Committee: Many Stories, One Mission paper by Daniel Voss (151 KB .pdf) SOAP for Web Pages presentation by Gloria Reece (56 KB .pdf) The Phantom Foe: Learning to Live and Work with Fibromyalgia, presentation by Lori Allen (not available) The Role of Telecommuting as a Career Enabler for Technical Communicators with Disabilities presentation by Helen Marty (29 KB .pdf) What you Can't Hear Can Hurt You: Overcoming Physical and Emotional Barriers of Hearing Impairment in the Practice of Technical Communication presentation by Lori Gillen (120 KB .pdf) Writing for the Disadvantaged Reader paper by Andy Malcolm (140 KB .pdf) Working to 508: Web Page and Interface Design for Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) presentation by Gloria Reece (88 KB .pdf) Working to 508: Web Page Text Design for Low Vision presentation by Gloria Reece (120 KB .pdf no longer online)

48th International STC Conference in Chicago, Illinois, May 13-16, 2001

History of the Special Needs committee zipped PowerPoint presentations by Dan Voss: Introduction (252 KB .zip no longer online) A Look Back (speaking on Judy's behalf) (252 KB .zip), and A Look Ahead (332 KB .zip no longer online) Serving Special Needs in Technical Communication presentation by Dan Voss (81.6 KB .pdf no longer online) Serving Special Needs in Technical Communication paper by Daniel Voss (81.6 KB .pdf) Usable, Accessible Web Pages for Low Vision: Criteria for Designers paper by Gloria A. Reece (408 KB .pdf) Year II and Growing: A Report from STC's Special Needs Committee multiple authors (327 KB .pdf) Year II and Growing: A Report from STC's Special Needs Committee: The Nature of Deafness paper by Andrew Malcom (327 KB .pdf)

47th International STC Conference in Orlando, Florida, May 21-24, 2000

A Report from STC's Special Needs Committee. Session #MG9AA. This panel discussion focused on needs of persons with disabilities, the history and goals of the Special Needs Committee, and a report on the committee's work to date. Judy Skinner presented an overview on the formation of the Special Needs Committee (SNC), along with its charter and a summary of its accomplishments in its first year. Speakers: Judith N. Skinner, Mark Hanigan, Fabien Vais, Andrew Malcolm, and Dan Voss My Brain Works...My Legs Don't! Let's Take the”Dis”out of Disabilities presentation by Judith N. Skinner (56 KB .pdf) Dealing with Special Mobility Needs: A Lesson in Patience and Coping paper by Fabien Vais. (30 KB .pdf) Deafness, an Introduction presentation by Andy Malcolm (52 KB .pdf) How Did the Special Needs Committee Get Started? paper by Mark Hanigan (30 KB .pdf) Presentation slides by Mark Hanigan (.ppt no longer online) The Ethics of Special Needs: It's a Matter of Fairness paper by Dan Voss (23 KB .pdf) The Ethics of Special Needs: It's a Matter of Fairness PowerPoint presentation by Daniel Voss (311 KB .pdf no longer online)
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Photos from 2009 STC Tech Comm Summit, Atlanta, GA

Photos of the conference taken by Rachel Houghton and Cynthia A. Lockley are up. So far there are 13 photos available. If anyone else has photos to add to the SIG's conference collection, please use the Contact Us form to let us know.
Accessibility SIG breakfast meeting
In the photo, left to right: Whitney Quesenbery, Lisa Pappas, Linda Roberts, Karen Mardhl (with camera), Shawn Henry. Photo credit: Cynthia A Lockley.
This year's conference photos are at https://www.flickr.com/photos/stc-access/sets/72157618066308364/ All our photo collections are at https://www.flickr.com/photos/stc-access/sets/

Recording of Similar David Pogue Keynote Found

David Pogue, the Keynote speaker at the STC 2009 conference, gave one of the funniest keynotes we've ever had. It was a shame that it wasn't recorded. However, I found a recording of a similar keynote address he gave to TED last year. The first half is similar to the one he gave to us and the second half contains two more songs. The recording is at Talks David Pogue: "When it comes to tech, simplicity sells" : http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/david_pogue_says_simplicity_sells.html

There is also a video on YouTube of his closing song, iPhone: The Music Video:

New York Times columnist David Pogue takes aim at technology's worst interface-design offenders, and provides encouraging examples of products that get it right. To funny things up, he bursts into song.

David has a brief bio on his site at davidpogue.com:

David Pogue is the personal-technology columnist for the New York Times. Each week, he contributes a print column, an online column, an online video and a popular daily blog, "Pogue's Posts."

David is also an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News, and he appears each week on CNBC with his trademark comic tech videos.

With over 3 million books in print, David is one of the world's bestselling how-to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the "for Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music); in 1999, he launched his own series of complete, funny computer books called the Missing Manual series, which now includes over 100 titles.

David graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 1985, with distinction in Music, and he spent ten years conducting and arranging Broadway musicals in New York. In 2007, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in music from Shenandoah Conservatory.

He's been profiled on both "48 Hours" and "60 Minutes." He lives with his wife and three young children in Connecticut. His website is davidpogue.com.

The Conference Accessibility Guide for Atlanta

The conference accessibility guide - 8th year in a row! - has been live on the conference site for two months. Additional material is available, as always, on our permanent page for the conference accessibility guides. We tooted our horn on our SIG discussion list and on Twitter - and we forgot to blog about it!

Thank yous

Let's have a huge round of applause for SIG member Brenda Huettner who organized this year's guide. The STC Atlanta host chapter had a fantastic attitude about this, which should set a precedence for future guides: they took for granted that they should assist with collecting information. It was regarded as all in the line of duty for a host chapter. That is how accessibility should be - a natural part of any project! Al Hood and Carol Boe from the STC Atlanta chapter deserve a special round of applause, too.

More to come

The guide on the conference site is actually a collection of pages, and not a PDF that was also printed in the past to be handed out at the conference. As you plan your trip, you print the pages you need to take with you on the trip, or you can download to a convenient gadget of your choice. We sincerely hope that all attendees will find useful information in the accessibility information collected in the links provided here. We will continue to update the permanent page for the guide, as well as broadcast tips on our Twitter account, @stcaccess, up to and during the conference. If you want to share some tips, please do so - here in the comments section or on Twitter. And for those traveling to Atlanta - have a safe and pleasant trip!