Open Source, accessibility, and you - the superhero!

Nic Steenhout (10.Mar.2018 at 15:00, 45 min)
Keynote at Midwest PHP 2018 (English - US)

Rating: 5 of 5

Free Open Source Software was going to change the world. My own experience working on Open Source projects over the last 18 years shows me that it did. For many people. Yet, many FOSS applications don't take accessibility into account. But nearly 20% of the population has a significant disability. This number grows when you take into account people with temporary or situational impairments.

I'll dig into the relationship between FOSS projects and accessibility, as well as the positive impact FOSS has, or could have, on the lives of people with disabilities. Leaving the world a better place is something we all aspire to. I'll discuss how you can have a beneficial effect on the accessibility of the projects you're involved with. We can all be heroes for the more than 1 in 5 people who need accessibility. We can make a real and significant impact. We can do it. You don't need to be an accessibility expert. You only need to work in Open Source, and to want to be an accessibility champion."

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Rating: 5 of 5

10.Mar.2018 at 15:48 by Tessa Kriesel (20 comments) via Web2 LIVE

Amazing talk. Thank you so much for sharing all of this awesome content and real stories to help me understand and relate to the content.

Rating: 5 of 5

10.Mar.2018 at 16:04 by Scott Keck-Warren (11 comments) via Web2 LIVE

Amazing presentation. Thanks for sharing all of the amazing information and making me realize what we should be doing.

Rating: 5 of 5

10.Mar.2018 at 16:10 by Riley Major (61 comments) via Web2 LIVE

Thank you for bringing attention to this important topic. Your personal stories engendered empathy, your encouragement inspired action, and your practical tips gave us the tools.

Rating: 5 of 5

10.Mar.2018 at 17:22 by Louise Adams (12 comments) via Web2 LIVE

Well organized discussion with pertinent statistics and guidelines to accessibility.

Rating: 5 of 5

11.Mar.2018 at 10:57 by Justin Foell (25 comments) via Web2 LIVE

Thank you for inspiring, and also giving us the technical details to go forth and conquer.

Rating: 5 of 5

12.Mar.2018 at 13:04 by Stephanie O'Neill (12 comments) via Web2 LIVE

Fantastic speaker! I appreciated the stories that emphasized the importance of accessibility. Plenty of resources provided on where and how to get started with accessibility practices.

Rating: 5 of 5

16.Mar.2018 at 15:30 by Crysta McKenney (20 comments) via Web2 LIVE

I was very happy to see Nic was back this year as I loved his talk last year as well. This closing key note talk was everything I hoped it would be. I appreciated the reminder to continue thinking of all the different ways people will try to be using my code, whether trying to see the screen through a glare of sun or with a screen reader. And it was great to have so many more links to resources to add to my developer "tool belt".

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