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The Passing of Len Kasday

By Michael Burks


It is with great Sadness that I bring you the news of the passing of Len Kasday. He worked for AT&T Labs for many years, and was the author of the accessibility evaluation tool, "the Wave".

I first met Len when we both made presentations at the W3C conference in Santa Clara, California when the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) was announced.  He came up and introduced himself and told how much he had liked my presentation.  At that time he was working for AT&T Labs and I was working for AT&T as well.  In the next year he and I were involved in several projects together and we taught two tutorials on web accessibility.  I confess I learned a good deal in both of them.  He was a superb teacher and one of the most patient instructors I have ever met.

He worked tirelessly to help bring about the accessibility of electronic and information technology for people with disabilities.  I last saw him at the CSUN conference and we had a long talk about accessibility and the Wave and how it could be improved.  It was a good afternoon and a good talk, as always I learned a great deal. 

He always listened and always took what he had learned and applied it wherever he could. He had the innate ability to go to the core of an issue and state it in terms that all of us could understand.

More than that he was a warm, good, caring person. I had the honor to work on several presentations with him and I was always the better for having worked with him. He was a good friend to me, and to the disability community. He will be missed greatly.

It is best said in the words of Betsy Dixon, a long time friend and one of Len's Co-workers at AT&T.  

He was one of the driving forces behind the business resource group for disabled employees at AT&T.  Len was a gentleman in the true meaning of that word. He cared deeply about the dignity of all people and loved life. 

He will be missed, but his legacy is all of us working for accessibility and the work we continue to do to foster a better life for people with disabilities in the workplace and in the community.

Psalm 37:37

But the good man - what a different story! For the good man - the blameless, the upright, the man of peace - he has a wonderful future ahead of him. For him there is a happy ending.

Len's Home Page is at: http://astro.temple.edu/~kasday/ 



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