Tuesday, May 9, 2023

I Guess Nothing Lasts Forever: TESTHEAD At Large

I've recently found myself in an interesting position - after working for the same company for the past decade, I'm now looking for a new job. To be clear, this isn't entirely by choice. However, I have no ill will or hard feelings for the company that has chosen to put me at liberty. They are making choices that make sense for them and I've been here before.  Granted, it's been twenty years since I had to deal with this in such a stark way but this brings me to a realization. For the first time in a decade, I am free to explore and consider whatever career I want. I am literally unsupervised. To borrow from the old joke, yeah, it freaks me out a little bit, too, but the possibilities are endless.

My Motto for today. BTW, this shirt with this motto is available at:

I remember talking many times with people and they asked me if I had the chance and the choice to go into exactly the line of work and the area that I wanted to, what would it be? For anyone who has followed this blog for any length of time, that might seem obvious.

I would like to actively explore and advocate for better accessibility and Inclusive Design, whether that be in the digital or the physical world.

What is interesting to me is the fact that when I started working with my previous company, accessibility was the first major project I was responsible for and worked towards. It developed in me a desire for advocacy and speaking about the topic for the better part of a decade. However, due to shifting needs, I haven't worked with a hands-on active work project around accessibility since 2018. I miss being actively engaged with this at a level beyond speaking about and writing about it. 

Over the years, I've seen firsthand how important it is to design and build software that is accessible to everyone, regardless of their abilities. I've come to realize that accessibility isn't just something that's nice to have - it's a fundamental aspect of good design. It's good business and frankly, it's something every one of us will have to come to grips with at some point in some capacity.

Thuis to that end, I have decided to come back to my old friend, TESTHEAD, and recommit to sharing accessibility ideas, approaches, methodologies, and hey, maybe dive deeper into some programming aspects and ways to make accessibility tools that myself and others might want to use.

I'm excited to explore new opportunities, and if a good one comes along that's not specifically focused on accessibility, I'll certainly not dismiss it. However, this is a chance to put that very specific feeler out there, to see if someone out there would be interested in a passionate accessibility advocate and having them join their team or even working peripherally with them. Regardless, this blog has been quiet for too long outside of live blogging of conferences. I hope you will join me in my journey to change that. 

1 comment:

Venkat Ramakrishnan said...

Dear Michael, all the best for finding a great accessibility advocate position!