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Cornell DrupalCamp Keynote Speakers Announced

Cornell DrupalCamp will be held on Friday, October 20. This year’s keynote address, “AccessAbility in Drupal: Using Your Powers for Good,” will be given by Kelsey Hall, Ed.M., M.S., and Joshua Pearson from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where they both work in the Assistive Technology Center.

Kelsey is the Assistive Technology Coordinator where she provides campus-wide support in creating accessible educational materials, websites, and physical spaces. Joshua holds a BA from UMass Amherst and has been a life-long user of assistive technology. He has personal experience in blind/low vision technology, which has fueled his passion to seek a career in Assistive Technology.

Their talk will focus on design with Drupal 8, and will discuss the relationship between usability and accessibility, as well as provide insights into challenges, successes, and first-hand user experiences that compel web developers to design with accessibility in mind.

According to Kelsey, “A major goal in designing websites is to ensure a positive user experience by representing information in a pragmatic and understandable way (aka usability-friendly). Every end-user will have a unique perspective navigating websites, particularly if the user has a disability. Many users with disabilities require the use of assistive and adaptive technologies when navigating websites. With accessibility concerns rising in higher education, it is more important than ever to integrate new and enhanced accessibility features into design throughout all stages of website development.”

DrupalCamp will be held at the ILR Conference Center on the Cornell campus. Cost for the all-day camp is $35 and includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, and door prizes. The keynote runs from 9:00-9:45am and camps sessions start at 10am. On October 19, there will be an all-day training in Drupal 8, a half-day code sprint, and a happy hour outing.

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