WordCamp Columbus 2013: A Wheelchair-users Perspective

Blurred VisionThings always look different from my perspective.  WordCamp Columbus 2013 was a small conference, but it was so informative and I’m glad I got to attend.  I am already looking forward to next year’s conference.

I am a person with a disability; a person with a difference. Perhaps your abilities are limited in some way, also.  We are each unique and individual.  The WordCamp conference was located in the Ohio Union on the Ohio State University campus.  Accessibility is a wonderful thing and the Union was built with accessibility in mind.

WordCamp Details

Regarding the conference, the class on visual storytelling spoke to me, even though I could see very little of it.  Even if I cannot visualize the images, I do know that others can.  This class spoke to the younger generation; those who are using mobile devices.

Each Day is An Adventure

As we headed to lunch, my wheelchair suffered a minor malfunction. Thankfully, it was quickly repaired by a maintenance man at the conference.  After that adventure, we decided to remain in the Union.  The restaurant that we were in had thirteen video screens on the wall, each with different images. We were sitting in a place of public access for college-age students surrounded by visual stories.  For me, our lunch experience reinforced the discussion of our previous class.  It’s been said before, a picture is worth a thousand words.  But in today’s world, those pictures are automated, electric, and living.

My Favorite Class

And then, I finally felt included.  Our next class was about making sure that all users can access your website.  Each of the classes had been presented on large, overhead screens.  The screens were as large as the wall was where they were hanging, but because of my low vision, I never could really see the slides.  Until I went into the “Tips and Tricks” class on web accessibility.   It always feels nice to be included.  The classroom was filled to capacity, so I guess planning on web accessibility was as important to all.  That’s a good thing, in my opinion.

Final Thoughts

There were web developers there and we were able to get individual attention for our personal website questions.  I did not feel lost in the crowd, but instead my individual needs were met.  The classes were well organized and our experience at the Union was awesome.  I hope to implement some of the ideas that I learned at the conference on this website. In life, I never want to stop learning and I learned much at the WordCamp Columbus 2013 conference.  My husband and I are already planning on going next year. If you want to learn how to work with WordPress, I would recommend this conference.  From the perspective of someone with a disability, I felt included.

Are you trying to learn to use WordPress?  You should attend next year!  If you have any comments about your experience with WordPress, please scroll down and leave a message. We would appreciate it!

About Raeanne Woodman

Less than a month after my twenty -fifth birthday, I had a brain hemorrhage. I had two brain surgeries at that time. It saved my life, but it left me unable to walk or use my left hand. I have been a wheel-chair user since 1989, nearly half of my life. I have always considered myself very blessed and quite unique. I graduated from Ohio State and went on to be employed by the university for twelve years. I met another unique individual at my church and he and I were married seven years ago. With this blog, I want to tell you a little about myself and how I've learned to live in our world. I love to cook, albeit with my own adaptations. I also want to share some great user-friendly merchandise and deals with you. And I would also be blessed if you would share your great ideas with me. This blog promises to be mutually rewarding!
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5 Responses to WordCamp Columbus 2013: A Wheelchair-users Perspective

  1. Arlen Miller says:

    Raeanne, I’m sure glad I got to attend the Wordcamp also. It was a profitable use of my time… that’s for sure. What’s more— I got to meet you and Robert?

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