STC advocates for members with special needs
A Special Needs Committee was formed in 1997 at the STC conference in Anaheim, California. Its first meeting was at the 45th STC Annual Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. Judith Skinner, founding member, presented the History of the Special Needs Committee at the 2001 conference in Chicago, Illinois
Three months before the 2002 conference in Dallas, Texas, the committee was told that STC committees do not have a long life and it would be terminated.
Special Needs SIG is founded
The founding members scrambled to quadruple the membership and get the required 75 signatures on a petition to form a SIG. By 2003, the SIG had grown from 20 committee members to 260 Special Needs SIG members.
In 2004, the SIG was renamed the AccessAbility SIG, using a play on English words. In 2015, this was changed to the Accessibility SIG to make the name accessible to speakers of all languages and so it would be rendered correctly regardless of the software application. A brochure
was published in 2005.
Leadership and Process Documentation
Formation Reports and Presentations
Presentations were given at the 48th International STC Conference in Chicago, Illinois
, May 13-16, 2001 about how the SIG started.
- "How Did the Special Needs Committee Get Started?" by Mark Hanigan
- "My Brain Works...My Legs Don't! Let's Take the "Dis" out of Disabilities" by Judith Skinner
- "History of the Special Needs Committee" by Judith Skinner, presented by Dan Voss
- "The Story of the Starfish" by Dan Voss