Things 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.
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.
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.
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