I know that we have been very busy with our own work. But just to show to you that Philippine Web Accessibility Group has not been idle these past few months, I would like to announce that there will be a Web Accessibility Forum tomorrow, August 2, 2011 from 8:00 am to 12:00nn at the “Occupational Health and Safety Center in North Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City in front of Veterans Golf Club.
This activity is in line with the celebration of “White Cane Safety Week” slated from August 1 – 6. The forum will convene the webmasters/web designers of different government agencies as well as key non-government stakeholders in making their websites accessible to Persons with Disabilities called for in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities.
Mr. Julius Serrano of ATRIEV will be giving short lectures on access of blind persons on the Internet while I will be giving a brief overview of laws and Philippine circular regarding web accessibility.
This forum is free. You may want to drop in to OHSC if you don’t have conflict with your schedules. See you there! 🙂
Cheers!!!! My blog has reached its first 120,000 visitors since I started blogging actively in April 2008! 🙂
Actually my blog already reached the 120,000th mark a week ago. I wasn’t paying much attention to it since I am too much pre-occupied with the main culprit, Facebook! I visit my Facebook profile every time I’m connected to the Internet. The last time I posted something here was nearly three weeks ago, while my Facebook wall post is updated almost daily! tsk tsk tsk
Blogging and posting on Facebook wall are entirely different bananas. You need to spend a longer time composing a blog, while thinking a wall post will only consume around two minutes or so. Blogging entails a more detailed and insightful research on the topic. Since my blog is about deafness, deaf and their culture; I cannot deviate much from it. Inasmuch as I want to include issues from my other loves like web designing, Christian living and music, I am compelled not to post something about them simply because I will be “out of topic”.
One great feature of WordPress is its ability to track down the number of visits from your other WordPress designed sites using the same built in API keys. You can also use this for their equally neat Akismet spam blocking plugin. Based on this I was able to know the number of visitors from the following WordPress sites of:
My blog now has 222 posts with 583 comments and 512 tags. My top referrer is still Deafread.com now followed closely by Facebook. Thank you very much my dear readers, whether you are hearing or deaf! Now, on to my first 140,000th visitors! 🙂
Who would have thought that an event as big as this would succeed? Although it was already planned as early as September 2008, it wasn’t until early April when everything starts to roll (thanks to the completion of registration at the Securities and Exchange Commission in March 31.). There were so many kinks to iron out. As late as July 6, the group was still having a problem opening a bank account at BDO due to a mile long requirements which includes the securing of the General Information Sheet (GIS) from SEC. And to top it all, even if more than 300 registered online, only two persons actually paid in cash!
Well, everything went great, way above our expectations! As part of the organizing team, I was aware about the group’s day-to-day developments. The bank account was successfully opened after I got the GIS from SEC. The Asian Institute of Management officials were very generous in giving the group a great venue, good food, free coffee and free wi-fi. The speakers were eloquent and knows their craft. The event started on time but ended quite late due to the Q and A part.
What I am really proud of is the successful holding of the “Disabled Friendly Website Awards” courtesy of the Philippine Web Accessibility Group and the National Council on Disability Affairs. Previous awarding rites were led by the government as part of their program of events. This time, I’m proud to say that it was done in a non-government affair and in front of “real” web designers, not just some government employees who attend government sponsored seminar-workshops with the sole purpose of escaping from work and getting the comforts of free hotels and travel.
I’m also doubly proud that all recipients of the awards were present. They were:
www.philcecnet.ph – Official Philippine E-center Community Portal of the National Computer Center represented by Ms. Eloisa San Mateo (Government)
They all received a plaque of appreciation courtesy of the NCDA.
Regnard, PWDO’s President, on his interview by the Philippine Daily Inquirer said the group envisions third party certification for Web design in the Philippines. They also look to help train designers in developing their skills further and also to establish ethical and best practice guidelines.
“We’d like to make Filipino Web designers more reliable for an international market and make them more innovative.”
To all the awardees, thank you very much for promoting web accessibility in your websites! And to the PWDO group, you know who you are, kudos to all of us for a job well done! Let’s calendar July as the date when web design conference will always be held. 🙂
To all Filipino web designers and enthusiasts out there, we have some good news in store for you! The Philippine Web Designers Organization (PWDO), a government registered group, will hold its first ever Web Design Conference in the Philippines and in Asia. It will be held on July 10, Friday, at the Asian Institute of Management, Makati City.
Dubbed, “Form, Function & Class”, this whole day conference is the culmination of series of monthly mini-events that the group held in various venues.
Now, what can you learn from attending this event? Well, for one, you can be kept abreast with the current trends and techniques on how to design aesthetic yet functional websites. You will hear about various tips and tricks from Filipino professional expert web designers and web-trepreneurs like:
Rico Sta. Cruz (Creative Director, U.S. Auto Parts Philippines) – Web Design 101
Nap Lara (Software Developer, Friendster) – Interaction Design
Regnard Raquedan (Web & Usability Consultant) – Web Standards, Accessibility and Usability
Luis Buenaventura II (Co-founder & Social Software Architect, Syndeo Labs Director of Engineering, Exist Global) – State of the Web
Our Philippine Web Accessibility Group will also participate in this event. We will be giving out “Disabled Friendly Website Awards” to three web designers together with the company they represent. This award is a token of recognition for designers who took their time in making their websites accessible to everyone including the Persons with Disabilities (PWD). The awards are part of the advocacy program of the government through the National Council on Disability Affairs, National Computer Center and PWAG. To know more about the awards criteria as well as its brief history and list of past awardees, check out this link.
Registration is now open. Ticket prices are:
Regular rate: PhP 1,000
Student rate: PhP 500
Seats will be strictly limited to 400 participants and payment can be collected at the venue. You may reserve a seat at http://ffc2009.eventbrite.com/. PWDO will ask you to confirm your registration one week before the event. If you are not able to confirm, your reservation will be forfeited and given to someone else.
Many said it wouldn’t be done. But guess what, we did it! The Philippine Web Designers Organization (PWDO) is now officially recognized by the Philippine government through the Securities and Exchange Commission. After my series of visits to the SEC office for the processing of the documents, I was able to get the certificate on April 13. It’s my own humble way of helping the group because I believe in their ideals and what they want to accomplish. We encouraged our own Philippine Web Accessibility Group to partner with PWDO.
a group of professionals and hobbyists who create human interfaces for the Web, champion the use of standards, accessibility and usability, and aim to uplift the state of web design in the country.
Special thanks to the Plurkers who floated this idea on the air. Congratulations to the PWDO officials Regnard Raquedan (President), Ia Lucero (Treasurer) and Mae Paulino (Secretary) for working their asses off to make this group a reality.
What’s next? The Web Design Conference on July 10, 2009 at the Asian Institute of Management, Makati City. See you there!