March 3, 2014 – San Diego, CA – Deque Systems is proud to announce that Fix the Web (http://www.fixtheweb.net/) is the winner of the 2013 Amaze Grant, a $10,000 award given to new technologies and initiatives that help increase digital accessibility for users with disabilities. Fix the Web is a UK-based global campaign by Citizens Online (http://www.citizensonline.org.uk/) whose goal is to find and fix digital accessibility issues through the power of crowdsourcing.
“Fix the Web will not only help to remove barriers to the web for users with disabilities but also provides users with disabilities a way to make their voices heard by website and application owners,” Deque CEO Preety Kumar said on awarding the Amaze Grant to Fix the Web.
The Amaze Grant will be awarded at Deque’s CSUN 2014 evening reception and Accessible Game Night on Tuesday, March 18th at 8:00 pm. Deque Systems, a long-term sponsor of the week-long conference, will also present talks on mobile accessibility and customer success stories, as well as debuting the newest version of WorldSpace. On Thursday, March 20th at 4:20 pm, Fix the Web will hold a session on how individuals and businesses can join forces to help people who are often excluded from easily navigating their way around the Web. The Amaze Grant will enable Citizens Online to take the beta site to release version later this year.
“Our pilot phase has demonstrated the potential of Fix the Web to promote an accessible digital world by offering a way to raise awareness on a grand scale,” Dr. Gail Bradbrook of Citizens Online (and founder of Fix the Web) said. “At CSUN we hope to find partners from across the globe with a similar focus or with complementary tools so we can really drive the change we all want to see. We also are encouraging the global community to make its voice heard through Fix the Web.” Dr. Bradbrook talk more about the effort at her CSUN talk.
About Fix the Web
Fix the Web is a volunteer project that seeks to find and fix digital accessibility issues through the power of crowdsourcing. Originally launched as a pilot in 2010, Fix the Web is led by Citizens Online. The project enables a person with disabilities to report inaccessible websites or applications via website, twitter, or email. There is also a toolbar available on the site for browsers, which includes a reporting button. Volunteers take up issues with website and software owners. For more information, please visit http://www.fixtheweb.net/.
About Deque Systems
Founded in 1999, Deque Systems has paved the way for digital equality both from the user and technology perspectives. Deque has developed a uniquely robust suite of software tools that include WorldSpace, FireEyes, and Amaze. A thought leader in digital accessibility software and services, Deque was awarded the Computerworld 21st Century Achievement Award for Innovation for the Amaze technology, and the company has been recognized in the Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies for four years running. Learn more at www.deque.com.
About CSUN Conference
CSUN is an annual international technology and persons with disabilities conference, held in San Diego, California. For more information, please visit www.csun.edu/cod/conference/2014/sessions/.
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