Accessites and GAWDS Cooperate

Posted October 8th, 2007 by Mike Cherim

With your permission you might earn two awards for the price of one.

Effective immediately, the crew here at Accessites have on a limited basis joined forces with the Guild of Accessible Web Designers (GAWDS) to develop a replacement for the now defunct Site-of-the-Month (SOTM) program. GAWDS members felt the quality level of sites being presented with the SOTM honor could be better. As a result an idea was hatched by both groups to use the Accessites’ submission criteria for GAWDS’ award consideration — which will be now be called the “GAWDS Web Accessibility Award” (and will be awarded quarterly, to initiate sometime in the 4th quarter of 2007). Moreover, it was decided that Accessites should actually make the nominations from our pool of awardees. We are now gatekeepers.

There will be no more member voting for the GAWDS award — the polling software will be used in a whole new way, details coming. Nominees will be decided by Team Access members and from the two to four nominees we will provide quarterly, the GAWDS administrators will select the final winner. The result should be an amazing site being awarded by GAWDS four times a year.

We need to hear from people who have earned an award level of Quality or higher here as we want your permission to forward your information to GAWDS for consideration there. Just think, with your permission you might earn two awards for the price of one. If you are okay with doing this, please post a comment below stating as much. If you do not give permission, you will not be considered.

In the future, all submissions made will eligible to be forwarded to GAWDS, but on our form you will be given the opportunity to opt out if for some reason you wish not to be considered.

Comments, questions… permission from past winners. Please make them known below. Interested in being considered for a GAWDS award, submit your site to us today! Want more info, do check out this sister post at GAWDS.

12 Responses to: “Accessites and GAWDS Cooperate”

  1. John Faulds responds:
    Posted: October 8th, 2007 at 8:23 am

    I give you permission to forward my details on. It’s been a while since I was graded and I’ve changed a few things since then (not drastically); hopefully I haven’t introduced anything inaccessible in the process.

  2. David Zemens responds:
    Posted: October 8th, 2007 at 9:03 am

    Certainly you can forward my details (Stoney Creek Web Design) as well, Mike. Thanks for taking this on and for considering all of the sites that achieved a previous award.

  3. matthias Edler-Golla responds:
    Posted: October 13th, 2007 at 3:54 am

    You most definitely can forward the details of our website, that already got an Quality Universal Design-award! Thanks a lot for all your efforts!

  4. Jadwiga A. Carlson responds:
    Posted: October 17th, 2007 at 11:47 am

    Please feel free to use my submission for Accessible Web Studio, Ltd. which earned the Quality Universal Design award. I did make few changes since then ~ mostly resulting from your great suggestions. I’m glad to see you are now involved with GAWDS :-)

  5. Helena Boylen responds:
    Posted: October 29th, 2007 at 9:34 am


    Yes, that’s fine - feel free to put my site forward. Will there be prizes - preferably chocolate ;)

  6. Jens Brueckmann responds:
    Posted: October 29th, 2007 at 9:59 am

    You have my permission to forward information about Yalf and me.

    The site earned a “Quality Universal Design” award in October 2006.

    At the moment, I am working on restructuring and redesigning the whole site, which will - hopefully - be finished by the end of this year.



  7. Thierry Koblentz responds:
    Posted: October 29th, 2007 at 10:13 am

    Feel free to forward my details on. Although I do not maintain the site anymore…
    Keep up the good work!

  8. Emil Stenström responds:
    Posted: October 29th, 2007 at 10:55 am

    Hi, I’m honored to be able to get another award, you may forward my information (name, site, and so on… anything you need).

  9. Dave Buchholz responds:
    Posted: October 29th, 2007 at 12:37 pm

    I would also like to be forwarded please and I promise to fix the skip links :-)

  10. Rainer Schlegel responds:
    Posted: October 30th, 2007 at 2:44 am

    Thanks for all. Of course you can forward details about me and my site.

  11. Tommaso Baldovino responds:
    Posted: December 19th, 2007 at 6:32 am

    Feel free to submit the details about me and my site.
    It earned a Quality award on July 2006, and I restyled it some time ago.

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