In 2007, Boston-IA presented, co-sponsored, or participated in the following events:
For information about other Boston-IA meetings:
World Usability Day is an annual program that consists of concurrent events around the world to raise public awareness about the role of usability (and accessibility) in making designs easier to use and understand.
Thursday, November 8, 2007, was the third year in a row that Boston-IA members joined the Boston chapter of the Usability Professionals' Association (UPA) and other Boston area volunteers at Boston's Museum of Science for this fun-filled, day-long event.
In 2007, Boston-IA again contributed to the "The Evaluation Station", an activity in which volunteers conduct free web site usability and accessibility evaluations for local organizations. Boston-IA Founder and President, P.J. Gardner, performed accessibility evaluations of web applications for representatives from Sybase and Kronos, as well as two collaborative web sites— one for teachers and the other for young adults.
At World Usability Day 2006 (November 14), Boston-IA engaged in a wide variety of participatory usability activities, including inaugurating the idea of performing accessibility evaluations alongside the usability evaluations donated to non-profit organizations at "The Evaluation Station".
In 2005, Boston-IA was recognized, along with UPA and Boston CHI (formerly Greater Boston SIGCHI), for its participation in the first World Usability Day in a proclamation by Mayor Thomas M. Menino declaring November 3, 2005, as World Usability Day in the City of Boston.
Learn more about World Usability Day, past and present:
The September 19, 2007 meeting featured Valerie Fletcher, Executive Director of the Institute for Human-Centered Design (IHCD) at Adaptive Environments. The meeting, hosted by Adaptive Environments, was a joint event with the New England Chapter of the Human Factors and Ergonomic Society (HFES).
The meeting was held at the new facilities of the Institute for Human-Centered Design at Adaptive Environments, near North Station in downtown Boston. The Institute is a showplace for accessible spatial design, including a shop offering beautifully designed and accessible items for sale. The Institute also houses a world-class library on accessible design, open to the public.
Explore the following pages on the Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD) web site:
Photograph of Valerie Fletcher, © 2007 Charmian Proskauer. All rights reserved.
On Thursday, July 19, Boston-IA held its summer picnic at Community Boating, Inc., on the Charles River in downtown Boston. Due to the inclement weather, we met inside the CBI boathouse in their spacious function room and were still able to enjoy a beautiful view of the Charles River.
Despite rain, fog, and intense traffic, it was a great chance to celebrate the fourth anniversary of Boston-IA. Intrepid participants enjoyed an evening of picnic food, conversation with Boston-IA members and friends about web accessibility issues, and a presentation by Marcin Kunicky of Community Boating about CBI's new accessible sailing program.
Photographs of Community Boating, Inc., © 2007 P.J. Gardner. All rights reserved.
On Thursday, June 7, 2007, Amy Ruell demonstrated barriers people who are blind experience when surfing the Web using the JAWS screen reader. Amy is president of the 50-plus member Visually Impaired and Blind User Group and program manager for the ReadBooks! national children's Braille literacy program for the National Braille Press.
P.J. Gardner, founder of Boston-IA, demonstrated the exact same barriers from the technical point of view and talked about how to solve them.
Here are some links related to the presentation:
Photograph of Amy Ruell, © 2007 P.J. Gardner. All rights reserved.
On Wednesday, February 21, 2007, Andrew Kirkpatrick, accessibility expert at Adobe Systems Incorporated, give a presentation called "Accessibility for Rich Internet Applications". He talked about how to make Adobe® Flash®, Adobe® Flex™, Ajax, and other rich internet applications accessible for people with disabilities. The meeting was held at the Adobe Systems offices in Newton, Massachusetts.
Here are some useful links related to Andrew's presentation:
Thanks to Mark Doerschlag, creator of MarksGuide, a professional networking resource in the Boston area, for his review of the February 21 Boston-IA meeting and his permission to use the image of Andrew.
Adobe, the Adobe logo, Flash, and Flex are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries.
Photograph of Andrew Kirkpatrick, © 2007 Mark Doerschlag. All rights reserved.