Re: A11y @ Ohio Linux Fest
- From: "Karen Sandler" <karen gnome org>
- To: "Emily Gonyer" <emilyyrose gmail com>
- Cc: marketing-list <marketing-list gnome org>, GNOME-Accessibility List <gnome-accessibility-list gnome org>
- Subject: Re: A11y @ Ohio Linux Fest
- Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2012 01:44:33 -0400 (EDT)
On Mon, April 16, 2012 6:53 am, Emily Gonyer wrote:
> I am planning to attend Ohio Linux Fest this year one way or another - I
> have family in Columbus to stay with, so it shouldn't be a big deal at
> I'm game to help however I can, manning a GNOME booth or an A11y booth or
> doing anything else thats needed. Just let me know :)
> On Sun, Apr 15, 2012 at 7:41 PM, Bryen M Yunashko
> <a11yrocks bryen com>wrote:
>> This year, Ohio Linux Fest will be held in Columbus, Ohio September
>> 28-30. I initially thought about proposing my "A11y: Its about you!"
>> talk, but after reading the OLF website, knowing their interests in
>> promoting open A11y, and seeing how people commented about a11y at
>> Indiana Linux Fest last weekend, I thought... Why not go for something
>> bigger this time? Go for the bang!
>> My proposal:
>> 1. We set up a very large booth that isn't focused on any one
>> organization, but rather on open a11y in general. Booth staff would
>> include reps from GNOME, Mozilla, FSF, Oracle, etc. Hands on
>> demonstrations of what our software can do.
this is a great idea! I've been talking with various orgs about ways we
can work together to promote accessibility and this seems like a great way
to really get started.
let me know how I can help!
>> 2. Propose more advanced talks, such as "How you can test to ensure
>> your software is accessible," or "how to deploy a11y software in your
>> environment." (I get asked this a lot!) My "It's about you!" talk
>> really is more an introduction/marketing talk. It's good, but doesn't
>> do enough to get more people to pay attention to a11y in their own
>> 3. Organize a hacksession, perhaps either one of our traditional "fix
>> what's broken in a11y" events, or "fix what's accessibly-broken in non
>> a11y-software." OLF has a community day on Friday which is more focused
>> on workshops and whatnot. An ideal day to set up hacksessions before
>> the main event on Saturday.
>> I think given the combined resources of the various organizations and
>> that a number of a11y contributors live somewhat close to Ohio, we could
>> make a good go of this. And potentially make this a blueprint for
>> organizing similar events around the world. Getting more people aware,
>> interested, and involved, is a good thing, IMO.
>> It would also create an opportunity to invite local agencies, school
>> districts, etc. that work with people of various abilities. A plus for
>> us to demonstrate our awesomeness to target audiences, and a plus for
>> the event host to increase attendance to their show.
>> I'm not proposing we do this instead of traditional dotOrg booths. For
>> example, if GNOME community plans to have a booth, they should still do
>> so. But we would be creating a traveling "A11y Center" of which GNOME
>> would be a "consortium" member.
>> Frankly, I think this would be a more likely success-story outcome than
>> at places like CSUN conference.
>> Bryen M Yunashko
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