Working to Improve the Civic Experience
One of the founding members of the Voting and Usability Project, Josephine Scott is not only a usability professional, but also a former election official. She currently works for TechSmith Corporation conducting user research.
What has UPA done to encourage more useable and accessible government? Quite a lot, it turns out. UPA supports efforts to improve the usability of elections, support plain language, and remove barriers to civic access for people with disabilities through an alphabet soup of projects and events.
This year's UPA 2008 conference features an event open for all members to meet with advocates for accessibility and with project members for posters, networking and a bit of inspiration. Plain language pioneer Dr. Annetta Cheek, director of the Center for Plain Language, and Karen Peltz Strauss, Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Telecommunications Access will join Usability in Civic Life Project directors and members for the celebration.
A Celebration of Usability in Civic Life: Access + Usability
Dr. Cheek was one of the first federal employees involved in the plain language movement. She served on Vice President Gore's National Performance Review, where she was charged with spreading the plain language initiative across the federal government. She currently serves as the Chair of the Center's board. In 2005 she received the Center's first award as an "Outstanding Plain-Language Leader in Government."
Ms. Strauss is currently Deputy Chief of the Consumer Information Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission where she oversees the Commission's disability and consumer access programs and policies.
UPA members have made their mark as well. View the posters and information about the many efforts of members on international projects.
This year has been especially busy. Members have:
UPANZ (UPA in New Zealand) participated in the Working Group to create New Zealand's Version 1.0 of the New Zealand Web Standards and Recommendations. (They went into effect January 2008.)
You can read more about all of these projects at the Usability in Civic Life web pages.
Join us at the conference. Bring ideas of your own. Participate.
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