Accessibility In Software
I spent last weekend in Los Angeles, attending SCALE 13x. This is a big open source software conference. They have a huge exhibition/vendor floor, as well as many sessions throughout the 4 days of the conference. One of those sessions was my own presentation on Accessibility in Software. I tend to take the side of the disabled, since I do have multiple sclerosis. I have been blind, I have lost the use of both hands, one at a time. This was my first time attending SCALE, and it was great! I enjoyed walking through the exhibitions hall, and I enjoyed the sessions I was able to attend. Of course, I could not hope to get to every session, there are just too many. The weather was very comfortable for the conference period. Some people would say 13 is unlucky, but for me, it seemed like the luckiest number in a long time.
My own presentation is available for your viewing pleasure here, on YouTube. I would suggest anyone that is in need of accessible software should take a look at it. I covered mostly open source and FOSS, but I also mentioned Microsoft.
I am planning to do my best to get to SCALE 14x next year. I will have a better idea of what to expect, and will be able to plan my days better.
I do need to give Larry Cafiero a big thank you for all his support. Also, a thank you to all the volunteers that made this event happen. It does take a lot of work to set up a conference that size. Along with setting it up, they have to be available during the four days it goes on.
I mention my email and website in the video, sometimes these are difficult to read on screen. The website is this one. Email is charlie AT teamcharliesangels dot com. You can also click on EMAIL webmaster.