Accessibility Camp L.A.

Accessibility Camp L.A.
Saturday, October 20, 2012

Join designers, developers, usability professionals, people who work in digital accessibility, and others interested in making the web and other technology accessible to people with disabilities at the first Accessibility Camp in Los Angeles.

In addition to L.A., attendees so far are coming in from Fresno, Monterey, and the Bay Area. In addition to local pros sharing their experience some of my colleagues from the digital accessibility community have been generous in terms of volunteering to come in from Toronto, New York, Baltimore, Louisville, and the Bay Area.

We are particularly pleased that of the attendees, there is a good cross-section of knowledge levels when it comes to digital accessibility, almost half being either just getting started or beginners.

Regardless of your level of digital accessibility knowledge, all are welcomed to attend this free event at California State University, Northridge, on Saturday, October 20.

Accessibility Camp L.A. is being held in association with:

The Los Angeles Accessibility and Inclusive Design Group
The Los Angeles User Experience Group
The Los Angeles PHP Developers Group

Registration on our own site is now closed.

To learn more and register for this free event:

http://www.accessibilitycampla.org.

Direct any questions to:
a11ycampla@gmail.com.

See you there!

Braille Business Cards

For many years I resisted having business cards. When asked, I’d say “I don’t do analog” and the moment passed in laughter. Now I find I need business cards. I most certainly wanted Braille on my business cards. I care deeply about accessibility, so my business card will be accessible. I set out to find out about Braille business cards.

There are two main ways to get Braille on your business cards. Stick-on labels are the easiest. Most printers offering Braille will make them for you. The other way is for the printer to emboss the Braille directly on your card. Labels only require that you place the order, embossing requires that you send your cards to be embossed. So labels take the least amount of steps and planning.

I decided that I had the time for embossing. There are a number of businesses offering this service. I got some recommendations from Twitter. A number of people chimed in: @Acuity_Design, @clifftyll@Accessible_jobs and a few others.

Sam J @mixolydian recommended Access-USA where they charge $65.95 for 500 cards. Also recommended by @johnfoliot is T-Base Communications which charges $59.95 for 500 cards.  Both of these services offer to take your existing cards and emboss them. Not included in the price is the cost of printing the cards, shipping the cards to them, and shipping the cards back to me.

I’m starting fresh with new cards, so I need printing and embossing. I looked for another solution and found Morning Print located in Irvine, California. They do both printing and Braille finishing for $45.94 for 200 cards including shipping and tax. They use UV activated clear ink for the Braille which is different from the true embossing offered by other companies. The resulting price is about the same for all three companies, but Morning Print offered me one-stop service. I’m waiting to feel the results.