Taking the "Dis" out of "Disabilities": Special Needs SIG Seeks Support
By Dan Voss
Although the STC membership renewal process has passed its February 28th deadline, you can still sign up for membership in Special Interest Groups (SIGs). The Special Needs SIG (SNSIG) is still looking for new members. The SNSIG's twin mission is to assist technical communicators with disabilities in the practice of our profession and to provide all technical communicators with information that will help make our communication products more accessible to users with disabilities. A detailed mission statement is available at the Web site.
The SNSIG has already made significant progress:
- A comprehensive Web site (see http://www.stcsig.org/sn/index.shtml)
- An online newsletter (first edition is posted at http://www.stcsig.org/sn/newsletter.shtml)
- Extensive support to the 49th STC Conference, including publication of Guidelines for Persons with Special Needs and an Addendum thereto
- A successful progression and several articles in the Proceedings (conference materials available at http://www.stc-orlando.org/prodev/49notes/SNC.asp).
But there is much yet to do, and to accomplish it, the SNSIG needs more people. We are looking for Active Members to join our initiatives. Additionally, we are seeking Patrons, whose affiliation will help the SNSIG secure the budget that it needs to fulfill its objectives.
To join the Special Needs SIG, download the SIG sign-up form from http://www.stc.org/PDF_Files/sigform.pdf and submit it directly to the Society Office. In order to be added to the SNSIG's newsletter and/or listserv without delay, contact or .
Editor's Note: You can also get involved in the Boston Chapter's Special Needs SIG.
is leader of the SNSIG and a senior member of the Orlando Chapter.