This article was originally posted at A List Apart, and generated a lot of very thoughtful and insightful comments. It has since been taken down, and re-posted at Heather Burns’ site. It’s always a sad thing when big-name web publications sensor in order to avoid or deflect controversy.

Heather Burns

Digital legislation is confusing and outdated—Heather Burns shows how professionalizing the web industry can help.

Source: The Perfect Storm in Digital Law

This entire article is worth a thoughtful read, and I think it has implications for not only those of us who work as web professionals generally, but accessibility professionals in particular as well.

Specifically, the accessibility profession is going to have to join the greater web profession in working towards a solution to the problems outlined here, and in order to do that, it’s going to have to become a lot less insular. It’s going to have to learn to play well with the greater web community, regardless of whether or not that community as a whole has signed onto accessibility as a right and obligation.

In other words, every one of us is going to have to shelve our pride in whatever we work on and learn to play ball professionally witheach other and other communities who are going to have to come under our umbrella, because we’re up the creek if we don’t get it together.


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