The New Year brings some fantastic Knowbility events that I want to make you aware of, so that you may either participate, or help us spread the word.  First is our 9th annual AIR Interactive, where teams of web developers are matched with local non-profit Arts organizations and given a month to create an accessible website.  The participants are recognized at Austin’s SXSW Interactive Media Conference in March, and a winner will be chosen.  You can still register either your Arts organization or web design team and the deadline is January 24th.  This is a really fantastic opportunity to give people with disabilities access to the local Arts via the internet.  As a musician myself, I love to know when performances are happening and to be able to fully participate on these websites really means so much to me!  Not to mention the training that both web designers and members of the non-profit will receive in Section 508 guidelines.  Please, tell your friends, post it on your social networks, let all who have an interest in this know about this fabulous opportunity!  Here is one example of a past AIR Interactive accessible site.

We are also giving a Web Accessibility Conference next month in sunny California!  Participants will have instruction from some very renowned accessibility experts and usability professionals, and be given tools and techniques they can use not only in web site design, but in Microsoft Office file creation.  If you’re looking for an excuse to visit the Silicon Valley in February, why not register for CALWAC?  Time is limited, so reserve your spot today!

I really love working for Knowbility!  There is always something exciting going on, events where we can reach out to people in various ways.  But our success depends on the support of those who believe in the importance of access for all.  When we all put our minds and efforts together, amazing things really do happen!  So show your support for Knowbility and our mission!  We greatly value any contribution, weather it be time, money or just dropping our name in conversation.  The work we do is vital to so many and can enhance and change lives, I can personally attest to this.  Accessible technology has opened countless doors for me in my life.  Thank you so much for continuing to read this blog and actively participate in giving new life to people with disabilities through accessibility!