August Penguin 5

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I am the accessibility coordinator for the conference, and I also volunteered to maintain their Web site. This gives me the moral right to criticize the big organizers and to get “big mouths, no deeds” type people to shut up.

Update, two days later: I resigned from the task of maintaining the Web site after an ugly argument about captioning a short movie to be filmed by a volunteer during the event. The general attitude of the relevant community was that this is my own problem, rather than to accept that it is the community’s responsibility to make such materials accessible.

Author: Omer Zak

I am deaf since birth. I played with big computers which eat punched cards and spew out printouts since age 12. Ever since they became available, I work and play with desktop size computers which eat keyboard keypresses and spew out display pixels. Among other things, I developed software which helped the deaf in Israel use the telephone network, by means of home computers equipped with modems. Several years later, I developed Hebrew localizations for some cellular phones, which helped the deaf in Israel utilize the cellular phone networks. I am interested in entrepreneurship, Science Fiction and making the world more accessible to people with disabilities.