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FW: For Jeff and other ACB leadership and members: Promoting and sponsoring NVDACon 2016 and other celebratory events to mark NVDA's tenth anniversary


 

Hi folks,

One of the leadership members of the American Council of the Blind would like to ask what ACB can do. So far, I have request broadcast of NVDACon 2016 keynote session via ACB Radio. Please let me know if we need other assistance from ACB.

Below is the correspondence I had with Jeff Bishop from ACB. If you need to write to him directly, please send an email to the address below (be sure to introduce yourself as the member of the NVDA Tenth Anniversary Planning Committee).

P.S. A small favor: could someone who knows people at National Federation of the Blind (NFB), can you send a letter similar to what I wrote to ACB in hopes of partnering with NFB for our events? Also, it would be great if people from other countries could write to blindness organizations in your country requesting promotions and/or sponsorship for at least NVDACon 2016. Please let them know that they can contact me if they have any questions.

Cheers,

Joseph

 

From: Jeff Bishop [mailto:jeff@...]
Sent: Friday, January 1, 2016 8:04 PM
To: Joseph Lee <joseph.lee22590@...>
Subject: RE: For Jeff and other ACB leadership and members: Promoting and sponsoring NVDACon 2016 and other celebratory events to mark NVDA's tenth anniversary

 

Can you tell me in what ways you would like our involvement (dollars, broadcasting using ACB Radio, etc.)?

 

 

From: Joseph Lee [mailto:joseph.lee22590@...]
Sent: Friday, January 1, 2016 8:54 PM
To: Jeff Bishop <jeff@...>
Subject: For Jeff and other ACB leadership and members: Promoting and sponsoring NVDACon 2016 and other celebratory events to mark NVDA's tenth anniversary

 

Hi Jeff,

This is Joseph from various NVDA lists. As you directed me on Twitter on the New Year’s Day regarding promoting NVDA events to American Council of the Blind members, I’m sending an official email to seek help from ACB regarding promoting and sponsoring various celebratory events to mark NVDA’s tenth anniversary, including NVDACon 2016 scheduled for April 2016. The official letter is as follows (could you circulate this to ACB members please? Thank you):

 

To elected leaders and members of the American Council of the Blind:

 

My name is Joseph Lee, a blind college student from California and one of the contributors to NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA) screen reader project. On behalf of other NVDA developers, I would like to wish you happy New Year. May 2016 be a great year for the Council as you work towards promoting greater accessibility and inclusion for blind people in the United States. I would like to ask for help from American Council of the Blind in promoting and/or sponsoring various NVDA events in 2016, especially NvDA Tenth Anniversary Conference (NVDACon 2016) and other events.

 

As you may know, many blind Americans and others around the world rely on computers for jobs, education and so on. Besides the braille system which was invented many years ago, computers and screen reading technology is considered the most essential tool that any blind people could have today. Yet to many, the high cost of screen reading packages means only a fraction of blind Americans have access to the vast ocean of information via this information highway that has revolutionized how people perform jobs, receive their degrees and so on.

 

About ten years ago, two blind men thought it wasn’t fair for a blind person to save up to a thousand dollars just to buy a screen reader. These gentlemen believed in equal access to technology, and ten years later, their efforts are starting to pay off. Their software is taking the blindness community by storm, and this screen reader, NVDA, has become an essential companion of tens of thousands of blind people around the world.

 

To help NV Access, the non-profit organization founded by these two men (Michael Curran and James Teh) celebrate NVDA’s tenth anniversary in 2016, I and other NVDA community members are organizing various events in 2016. Among these is NVDA Users and Developers Conference (NVDACon) 2016, scheduled to take place in April 2016. This year, NVDACon will feature a keynote presentation from NV Access and other events celebrating NVDA’s tenth anniversary, an important milestone not only for NVDA users, but also for blindness community in the United States and elsewhere. Other anniversary events include fundraising, outreach events designed to let sighted software developers partner with NV Access to improve accessibility of their products and more.

 

As a member of a software development team where collaboration is a norm, I believe it is important that collaboration between a user community, developers and consumer organizations is essential for success of a product, including a product that is now an integral part of blind consumers around the world. At the same time, I believe that we can use a free, open-source, community-driven screen reader as a role model of collaboration in product accessibility, how blind people can integrate into society and to serve as a case study on employment, education and advocacy. I believe that, as a highly respected advocacy organization, American Council of the Blind would be a good partner in promoting and sponsoring organizations and products devoted to equal access to technology, and to recognize what NVDA has done for the past ten years and to look ahead to the future of access technology.

 

On behalf of NVDA users and developers community, I would like to ask for ACB’s promotion and sponsorship of NVDA tenth anniversary celebrations in 2016, including NVDACon 2016. During NVDACon 2016, the organizers will recognize ACB’s sponsorship and promotions.

 

More information on NVDA and our celebrations can be found at the following pages:

·         NV Access: http://www.nvaccess.org

·         NVDA Tenth Anniversary Planning Committee mailing list: http://groups.io/g/nvdacon

·         NVDACon announcement list: http://groups.io/g/nvdacon-announce

·         NVDACon homepage: http://www.nvda-kr.org/en/nvdacon.php

 

Thank you, and I and other NVDA community members look forward to working with ACB in making these events a success. If you have any further questions, you can email me at joseph.lee22590@....

 

Sincerely,

Joseph Lee

Code contributor, translator and community add-ons reviewer, NVDA screen reader project

Chair, NVDA Tenth Anniversary Planning Committee

 

 


Bhavya shah
 

Hi Joseph, and other NVDA 10th anniversary planning committee members,
As I had brought up in NVDA Con 2015.2, we have this Indian online
radio station run by blind folks as well, which has a significant
listener base too, named Radio Udaan.
Website: http://radioudaan.com/
For your information only - Monthly Listener Stats:
http://radioudaan.com/?q=listeners
Apart from the usual shows that they do, Radio Udaan regularly holds
special transmissions, for various important days, for important
occasions (like the New Year transmission recently), for commentary of
the World Blind Cricket Cup, important disability dates (World White
Cane Day, World Disability Day) etc., where they allow listeners to
even join and share their views.
I haven't been listening to Radio Udaan much recently, but all RJs'
e-mail addresses are available, and I have some's phone numbers too.
I am quite sure they would indulge in providing a transmission or
broadcast of NVDA Con 2016 as well.
May I go ahead and e-mail Danish Mahajan, the director and founder of
Radio Udaan, if he would allow for NVDA Con 2016's broadcast?
Thanks.
P.S. Also, let me know if I should CC anyone - only Joseph (and
Derek), or the whole NVDA Con group, or...?

On 1/2/16, Joseph Lee <@joslee> wrote:
Hi folks,

One of the leadership members of the American Council of the Blind would
like to ask what ACB can do. So far, I have request broadcast of NVDACon
2016 keynote session via ACB Radio. Please let me know if we need other
assistance from ACB.

Below is the correspondence I had with Jeff Bishop from ACB. If you need to
write to him directly, please send an email to the address below (be sure
to
introduce yourself as the member of the NVDA Tenth Anniversary Planning
Committee).

P.S. A small favor: could someone who knows people at National Federation
of
the Blind (NFB), can you send a letter similar to what I wrote to ACB in
hopes of partnering with NFB for our events? Also, it would be great if
people from other countries could write to blindness organizations in your
country requesting promotions and/or sponsorship for at least NVDACon 2016.
Please let them know that they can contact me if they have any questions.

Cheers,

Joseph



From: Jeff Bishop [mailto:jeff@...]
Sent: Friday, January 1, 2016 8:04 PM
To: Joseph Lee <@joslee>
Subject: RE: For Jeff and other ACB leadership and members: Promoting and
sponsoring NVDACon 2016 and other celebratory events to mark NVDA's tenth
anniversary



Can you tell me in what ways you would like our involvement (dollars,
broadcasting using ACB Radio, etc.)?





From: Joseph Lee [mailto:@joslee]
Sent: Friday, January 1, 2016 8:54 PM
To: Jeff Bishop <jeff@... <mailto:jeff@...> >
Subject: For Jeff and other ACB leadership and members: Promoting and
sponsoring NVDACon 2016 and other celebratory events to mark NVDA's tenth
anniversary



Hi Jeff,

This is Joseph from various NVDA lists. As you directed me on Twitter on
the
New Year's Day regarding promoting NVDA events to American Council of the
Blind members, I'm sending an official email to seek help from ACB
regarding
promoting and sponsoring various celebratory events to mark NVDA's tenth
anniversary, including NVDACon 2016 scheduled for April 2016. The official
letter is as follows (could you circulate this to ACB members please? Thank
you):



To elected leaders and members of the American Council of the Blind:



My name is Joseph Lee, a blind college student from California and one of
the contributors to NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA) screen reader project.
On behalf of other NVDA developers, I would like to wish you happy New
Year.
May 2016 be a great year for the Council as you work towards promoting
greater accessibility and inclusion for blind people in the United States.
I
would like to ask for help from American Council of the Blind in promoting
and/or sponsoring various NVDA events in 2016, especially NvDA Tenth
Anniversary Conference (NVDACon 2016) and other events.



As you may know, many blind Americans and others around the world rely on
computers for jobs, education and so on. Besides the braille system which
was invented many years ago, computers and screen reading technology is
considered the most essential tool that any blind people could have today.
Yet to many, the high cost of screen reading packages means only a fraction
of blind Americans have access to the vast ocean of information via this
information highway that has revolutionized how people perform jobs,
receive
their degrees and so on.



About ten years ago, two blind men thought it wasn't fair for a blind
person
to save up to a thousand dollars just to buy a screen reader. These
gentlemen believed in equal access to technology, and ten years later,
their
efforts are starting to pay off. Their software is taking the blindness
community by storm, and this screen reader, NVDA, has become an essential
companion of tens of thousands of blind people around the world.



To help NV Access, the non-profit organization founded by these two men
(Michael Curran and James Teh) celebrate NVDA's tenth anniversary in 2016,
I
and other NVDA community members are organizing various events in 2016.
Among these is NVDA Users and Developers Conference (NVDACon) 2016,
scheduled to take place in April 2016. This year, NVDACon will feature a
keynote presentation from NV Access and other events celebrating NVDA's
tenth anniversary, an important milestone not only for NVDA users, but also
for blindness community in the United States and elsewhere. Other
anniversary events include fundraising, outreach events designed to let
sighted software developers partner with NV Access to improve accessibility
of their products and more.



As a member of a software development team where collaboration is a norm, I
believe it is important that collaboration between a user community,
developers and consumer organizations is essential for success of a
product,
including a product that is now an integral part of blind consumers around
the world. At the same time, I believe that we can use a free, open-source,
community-driven screen reader as a role model of collaboration in product
accessibility, how blind people can integrate into society and to serve as
a
case study on employment, education and advocacy. I believe that, as a
highly respected advocacy organization, American Council of the Blind would
be a good partner in promoting and sponsoring organizations and products
devoted to equal access to technology, and to recognize what NVDA has done
for the past ten years and to look ahead to the future of access
technology.



On behalf of NVDA users and developers community, I would like to ask for
ACB's promotion and sponsorship of NVDA tenth anniversary celebrations in
2016, including NVDACon 2016. During NVDACon 2016, the organizers will
recognize ACB's sponsorship and promotions.



More information on NVDA and our celebrations can be found at the following
pages:

* NV Access: http://www.nvaccess.org

* NVDA Tenth Anniversary Planning Committee mailing list:
http://groups.io/g/nvdacon

* NVDACon announcement list: http://groups.io/g/nvdacon-announce

* NVDACon homepage: http://www.nvda-kr.org/en/nvdacon.php



Thank you, and I and other NVDA community members look forward to working
with ACB in making these events a success. If you have any further
questions, you can email me at @joslee
<mailto:@joslee> .



Sincerely,

Joseph Lee

Code contributor, translator and community add-ons reviewer, NVDA screen
reader project

Chair, NVDA Tenth Anniversary Planning Committee





--
Warm Regards
Bhavya Shah
Using NVDA (Non Visual Desktop Access) free and open source screen
reader for Microsoft Windows
To download a copy of the free screen reader NVDA, please visit
http://www.nvaccess.org/
Using Google Talkback on Motorolla G second generation Lollipop 5.0.2
Reach me through the following means:
Mobile: +91 7506221750
E-mail id: bhavya.shah125@...
Skype id : bhavya.09


 

Hi,
At least the keynote session should be broadcast (I think unless others say we need to include other sessions).
In regards to CC's, you can just CC me and Derek for now and please do forward the reply to this list (or at least the summary).
Cheers,
Joseph

-----Original Message-----
From: Bhavya shah [mailto:bhavya.shah125@...]
Sent: Friday, January 1, 2016 10:53 PM
To: NVDACon@groups.io
Subject: Re: [NVDACon] FW: For Jeff and other ACB leadership and members: Promoting and sponsoring NVDACon 2016 and other celebratory events to mark NVDA's tenth anniversary

Hi Joseph, and other NVDA 10th anniversary planning committee members, As I had brought up in NVDA Con 2015.2, we have this Indian online radio station run by blind folks as well, which has a significant listener base too, named Radio Udaan.
Website: http://radioudaan.com/
For your information only - Monthly Listener Stats:
http://radioudaan.com/?q=listeners
Apart from the usual shows that they do, Radio Udaan regularly holds special transmissions, for various important days, for important occasions (like the New Year transmission recently), for commentary of the World Blind Cricket Cup, important disability dates (World White Cane Day, World Disability Day) etc., where they allow listeners to even join and share their views.
I haven't been listening to Radio Udaan much recently, but all RJs'
e-mail addresses are available, and I have some's phone numbers too.
I am quite sure they would indulge in providing a transmission or broadcast of NVDA Con 2016 as well.
May I go ahead and e-mail Danish Mahajan, the director and founder of Radio Udaan, if he would allow for NVDA Con 2016's broadcast?
Thanks.
P.S. Also, let me know if I should CC anyone - only Joseph (and Derek), or the whole NVDA Con group, or...?

On 1/2/16, Joseph Lee <@joslee> wrote:
Hi folks,

One of the leadership members of the American Council of the Blind
would like to ask what ACB can do. So far, I have request broadcast of
NVDACon
2016 keynote session via ACB Radio. Please let me know if we need
other assistance from ACB.

Below is the correspondence I had with Jeff Bishop from ACB. If you
need to write to him directly, please send an email to the address
below (be sure to introduce yourself as the member of the NVDA Tenth
Anniversary Planning Committee).

P.S. A small favor: could someone who knows people at National
Federation of the Blind (NFB), can you send a letter similar to what I
wrote to ACB in hopes of partnering with NFB for our events? Also, it
would be great if people from other countries could write to blindness
organizations in your country requesting promotions and/or sponsorship
for at least NVDACon 2016.
Please let them know that they can contact me if they have any questions.

Cheers,

Joseph



From: Jeff Bishop [mailto:jeff@...]
Sent: Friday, January 1, 2016 8:04 PM
To: Joseph Lee <@joslee>
Subject: RE: For Jeff and other ACB leadership and members: Promoting
and sponsoring NVDACon 2016 and other celebratory events to mark
NVDA's tenth anniversary



Can you tell me in what ways you would like our involvement (dollars,
broadcasting using ACB Radio, etc.)?





From: Joseph Lee [mailto:@joslee]
Sent: Friday, January 1, 2016 8:54 PM
To: Jeff Bishop <jeff@... <mailto:jeff@...> >
Subject: For Jeff and other ACB leadership and members: Promoting and
sponsoring NVDACon 2016 and other celebratory events to mark NVDA's
tenth anniversary



Hi Jeff,

This is Joseph from various NVDA lists. As you directed me on Twitter
on the New Year's Day regarding promoting NVDA events to American
Council of the Blind members, I'm sending an official email to seek
help from ACB regarding promoting and sponsoring various celebratory
events to mark NVDA's tenth anniversary, including NVDACon 2016
scheduled for April 2016. The official letter is as follows (could you
circulate this to ACB members please? Thank
you):



To elected leaders and members of the American Council of the Blind:



My name is Joseph Lee, a blind college student from California and one
of the contributors to NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA) screen reader project.
On behalf of other NVDA developers, I would like to wish you happy New
Year.
May 2016 be a great year for the Council as you work towards promoting
greater accessibility and inclusion for blind people in the United States.
I
would like to ask for help from American Council of the Blind in
promoting and/or sponsoring various NVDA events in 2016, especially
NvDA Tenth Anniversary Conference (NVDACon 2016) and other events.



As you may know, many blind Americans and others around the world rely
on computers for jobs, education and so on. Besides the braille system
which was invented many years ago, computers and screen reading
technology is considered the most essential tool that any blind people could have today.
Yet to many, the high cost of screen reading packages means only a
fraction of blind Americans have access to the vast ocean of
information via this information highway that has revolutionized how
people perform jobs, receive their degrees and so on.



About ten years ago, two blind men thought it wasn't fair for a blind
person to save up to a thousand dollars just to buy a screen reader.
These gentlemen believed in equal access to technology, and ten years
later, their efforts are starting to pay off. Their software is taking
the blindness community by storm, and this screen reader, NVDA, has
become an essential companion of tens of thousands of blind people
around the world.



To help NV Access, the non-profit organization founded by these two
men (Michael Curran and James Teh) celebrate NVDA's tenth anniversary
in 2016, I and other NVDA community members are organizing various
events in 2016.
Among these is NVDA Users and Developers Conference (NVDACon) 2016,
scheduled to take place in April 2016. This year, NVDACon will feature
a keynote presentation from NV Access and other events celebrating
NVDA's tenth anniversary, an important milestone not only for NVDA
users, but also for blindness community in the United States and
elsewhere. Other anniversary events include fundraising, outreach
events designed to let sighted software developers partner with NV
Access to improve accessibility of their products and more.



As a member of a software development team where collaboration is a
norm, I believe it is important that collaboration between a user
community, developers and consumer organizations is essential for
success of a product, including a product that is now an integral part
of blind consumers around the world. At the same time, I believe that
we can use a free, open-source, community-driven screen reader as a
role model of collaboration in product accessibility, how blind people
can integrate into society and to serve as a case study on employment,
education and advocacy. I believe that, as a highly respected advocacy
organization, American Council of the Blind would be a good partner in
promoting and sponsoring organizations and products devoted to equal
access to technology, and to recognize what NVDA has done for the past
ten years and to look ahead to the future of access technology.



On behalf of NVDA users and developers community, I would like to ask
for ACB's promotion and sponsorship of NVDA tenth anniversary
celebrations in 2016, including NVDACon 2016. During NVDACon 2016, the
organizers will recognize ACB's sponsorship and promotions.



More information on NVDA and our celebrations can be found at the
following
pages:

* NV Access: http://www.nvaccess.org

* NVDA Tenth Anniversary Planning Committee mailing list:
http://groups.io/g/nvdacon

* NVDACon announcement list: http://groups.io/g/nvdacon-announce

* NVDACon homepage: http://www.nvda-kr.org/en/nvdacon.php



Thank you, and I and other NVDA community members look forward to
working with ACB in making these events a success. If you have any
further questions, you can email me at @joslee
<mailto:@joslee> .



Sincerely,

Joseph Lee

Code contributor, translator and community add-ons reviewer, NVDA
screen reader project

Chair, NVDA Tenth Anniversary Planning Committee






--
Warm Regards
Bhavya Shah
Using NVDA (Non Visual Desktop Access) free and open source screen reader for Microsoft Windows To download a copy of the free screen reader NVDA, please visit http://www.nvaccess.org/ Using Google Talkback on Motorolla G second generation Lollipop 5.0.2 Reach me through the following means:
Mobile: +91 7506221750
E-mail id: bhavya.shah125@...
Skype id : bhavya.09