History

Our Heritage

A Special Needs Committee was formed in 1997 at the STC conference in Anaheim, California. Its first meeting was at the 45th STC Annual Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. Judith Skinner, founding member, presented the History of the Special Needs Committee at the 2001 conference in Chicago, Illinois.

Three months before the 2002 conference in Dallas, Texas, the committee was told that committees don’t have a long life and it would be terminated. The founding members scrambled to quadruple the membership and get the required 75 signatures on a petition to form a SIG. By 2003, the SIG had grown from 20 committee members to 260 Special Needs SIG members. In 2004, the SIG was renamed the AccessAbility SIG and in 2015, this was changed to the Accessibility SIG because it looked misspelled when software applications would not accept a middle capital letter.

Leadership and Process Documentation

Formation Reports and Presentations

Presentations were given at the 48th International STC Conference in Chicago, Illinois, May 13-16, 2001 about how the SIG started.

Founding Members and Their Areas of Interest

Founding Members of the Accessibility SIG

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The first column shows the name, the second column shows their area of interest, and the third column shows their chapter.

Name Interest Chapter
Lori Allen Fibromyalgia South Carolina Lowcountry
Jodie Gilmore Low Vision Willamette Valley
Lori Gillen Hearing Boston
Mark Hanigan General Suncoast
Anke Harris International United Kingdom
Maureen Hogg Visual and auditory loss Rocky Mountain
George Hoerter Traumatic Brain Injury (Stroke/Aphasia) Rocky Mountain
Connie Kiernan Mobility Washington, DC
Gail Lippincott General Lone Star
Cynthia Lockley Fibromyalgia, Internet Accessibility, Mobility, Pain Washington, DC
Suzanne Lowing Mobility, Pain New Jersey
Andrew Malcolm Hearing, Aging Rochester
Helen Marty Asthma, Diabetes, Hearing, Mobility Southern Arizona
Kim McConnell Internet Accessibility, Disability Services Advocate Central Ohio
Mike Murray Mobility Orlando
Gloria Reece Low Vision Orlando
Judy Skinner Mobility Lone Star
Karen Steele General Lone Star
Fabien Vais Mobility Montreal
Daniel Voss Ethics Orlando
Carolyn Watt Hearing Toronto

Chronology of Accessibility SIG Managers, Webmasters, & Newsletter Staff

Accessibility SIG Managers

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A row with a single column is the year. After each year is a row with the title in the left column and the person’s name in the right column.

2007-2014
SIG Manager Karen Mardahl
2006-2007
SIG Manager Karen Mardahl
Co-Manager Lisa Pappas
Mentors Mike Murray and Dan Voss
2005-2006
SIG Manager Karen Mardahl
Co-Manager Mike Murray
Mentor Dan Voss
2003-2005
SIG Manager Fabien Vais
2001-2003
SIG Manager Dan Voss
2000-2001
SIG Manager Judy Skinner

Accessibility SIG Webmasters

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A row with two columns The left column is the year served. The second column shows the name of the webmaster.

1997-2015
Web Diva Cynthia A. Lockley
2008-2014
Web Assistant Karen Mardahl
2004-2007
Web Assistant Leslie Reed

Achieve! Newsletter Staff

Table contents

A row with a single column is the issue and year of the newsletter. A row with two columns The left column is the title or role. The second column shows the name or names who filled that role.

Special Conference Edition, May 2006
Editor Terry Smith
Copy Editors Kim McConnell, Karen Mardahl, Mike Murray, and Dan Voss
Contributors Lisa Pappas, Dan Voss, and Fabien Vais
Designer Aimee Streicher
April – May 2006
Editor Terry Smith
Copy Editors Kim McConnell, Karen Mardahl, Mike Murray,
and Dan Voss
Contributors Dan Voss and Mike Murray
August 2005 – February 2006
Editor Kim McConnell
Copy Editors Karen Mardahl, Mike Murray, and Dan Voss
Production Editor Terry Smith
Contributors Ellen Ryan, Dan Voss, Kim McConnell, and Fabien Vais
May – July 2005
Editor Lisa Pappas
Copy editors Kim McConnell, Karen Mardahl, Mike Murray, and Dan Voss
Contributors Lori Gillen, Gail Lippincott, Karen Mardahl, Mike Murray, Fabien Vais, and Dan Voss
STC Annual Conference 2005
Editor Lisa Pappas
Author Daniel Voss
January – April 2005
Editor Lisa Pappas
Copy editors Karen Mardahl and Kim McConnell
Contributors Katherine Bine, Lisa Pappas, David Harrity, Debra Ruh, Karen Mardahl, Fabien Vais, Kim McConnell, Dan Voss, and Mike Murray
April – June 2004
Editor Mike Murray
Copy Editors Fabien Vais and Dan Voss
Contributors Curtis Chong, Mike Murray, Betsy Fields, Gloria A. Reece, Ed.D., Lori Gillen, Fabien Vais, Karen Mardahl, and Dan Voss
STC Annual Conference 2004
Editor Mike Murray
Copy Editor Dan Voss
January – March 2004
Editor Mike Murray
Copy Editors Bonnie Spivey, Fabien Vais, and Dan Voss
Contributors P.J. Gardner, Mike Murray, Lori Gillen, Gloria A. Reece, Ed.D., Jodie Gilmore, Jodi Schumway, Hugh Marsh, Bonnie Spivey, Julie Marshall, Fabien Vais, Kim McConnell, and Dan Voss
STC Annual Conference May, 2003
Editor Mike Murray
Copy Editor Dan Voss
April 2003 – Joint Issue Sponsored by the Special Needs SIG and the Usability SIG
Managing Editors Mike Murray (Special Needs), and David Dick (Usability)
Publication Manager Becky Kinder (bfrankli@apcc.com)
Layout and Design Debra Gabriel
Associate Editors Judy Blostein, Everyl Yankee, Marie Fiebig, Steven Weintraub, and Naomi Kleid
Copy Editors Alice Preston, Deborah Sellers, Tom Weimer, Helen Marty, and Kim McConnell
January – March 2003
Editor Mike Murray
Copy Editors Helen Marty and Kim McConnell
Contributors Kathy Bine , Kim McConnell, Lori Gillen , Mike Murray, Suzanna Laurent, Fabien Vais, and Dan Voss

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