Kicking off the year with a few meetups.
February - Accessibility & technology: demo and discussion
We had afantastic time at this event! Angel Ray, an accessibility specialist from PCC demonstrated her use of a Braille keyboard display, screen readers and various apps on her iPhone. We did not have multiple users join us to demonstrate, as we would have liked, but Phyllis Petteys who also works as an accessibility specialist at PCC joined Angel and provided more context and examples.
A couple tweet highlights
People brought really specific questions to this Meetup and we had an awesome turnout. We hope to do more demos like this at future events!
April - Accessibility for Developers with Joe Watkins and Bruce Elgort.
We are looking forward to having Joe Watkins guide us on a developer-oriented exploration of the life cycle of "accessibility bugs."
Presenter: Joe Watkins is an Accessibility Consultant with Simply Accessible (remember when John Keith talked about getting help from Simply Accessible to make the Lucid Meetings platform more accessible? Joe works wit them!!!) Anyway, Joe has a passion for the web and working with others to make it more usable for everyone.
Moderator: Bruce Elgort is an instructor in the web development program at Clark College. He emphasizes accessibility from day 1 in all of his classes. Bruce is also a low vision user who himself relies on accessibility with his day-to-day activities. Bruce had me come and present on The Convergence of Digital Marketing and Accessibility as part of his Business Web Practices Speaker Series at Clark. Bruce will be speaking at VanTalks about the Impact of Artificial Intelligence in the 21st Century.
Keep Your Eye Out - 2017 Meetup Plans
We're still doing the Meetup cadence every other month but you may have noticed we are going for even months this year. We are putting together a June event to launch an open source project to assemble a resource for people in small (and large!) software companies who want to make the tools and apps they build usable for everyone. Please stay tuned for meetups later in the year on Plain Language and accessibility in higher ed!