Thursday May 22, 2008

Recognition where it is due: Sun's award to Andi Snow-Weaver

I've had the distinct pleasure of working with a tremendous set of colleagues on the Telecommunications and Electronic and Information Technology Advisory Committee. One colleague in particular - Andi Snow-Weaver of IBM - had the unenviable task of running the largest of the TEITAC subcommittees, as well as spearheading our harmonization effort with other global accessibility standards. It was a particularly thankless job that she did incredibly well. At least, it was a thankless job until now...

Earlier this month my company recognized Andi with our first ever "Innovation in Government Technology Awards", at a ceremony in Washington DC. Scott McNealy himself helped give out the awards. Details can be found in Bill Vass' blog about it (Bill is the President & COO of Sun Microsystems Federal, Inc.). And today IBM published a web article about the award.

As someone who has worked many many years on accessibility - and more recently a few years on standards - I can attest to how rare it is to receive recognition for either standards work or accessibility work. This makes an award for work on accessibility standards that much more special and noteworthy. Congratulations Andi on a tremendous job, very well done!

[I must admit I had a small hand in nominating Andi - after the Mr. Happy incident, it was the least I could do!]

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