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Duration: 32:42

Web accessibility refers to the inclusive practice of removing barriers that prevent interaction with, or access to, websites by people with disabilities. When your website is accessible, visually-impaired users can visit your website using a screen reader and those who can’t use the mouse can navigate your site using a keyboard or other input device.

Accessibility is even more important in higher education because, if you receive federal funding, you are required by law to reach Section 508 standards. Today we will discuss how this affects our work and how it impacts content editors managing their information in WordPress.

For this episode, we are joined by WPCampus members Jonathan Perlman, Rachel Cherry, Michael Schofield, Mike Corkum, and Curtiss Grymala.

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Jonathan Perlman

Jonathan Perlman is an experienced web developer and teacher who works for Dawson College in Montreal, Quebec. He builds custom web solutions for the students, faculty and staff. Recently he’s been leveraging WordPress more and more to do the heavy lifting while focusing on the needs of the institution with custom themes and plugins. Some of his sites have been built for a select few whereas others are visited by 12,000+ applicants. Jonathan is also an instructor for Dawson’s Centre for Training and Development specializing in web technologies such as HTML, CSS, PHP and WordPress.

Rachel Cherry

I'm the Director/Founder of WPCampus and a freelance software engineer and accessibility/higher ed consultant. When I'm not using WordPress to help build the web, I enjoy promoting the importance of universal design and an open web. Be sure to say hi on Twitter @bamadesigner.

Curtiss Grymala

I am a web developer who has been working with WordPress multisite in higher education since 2007.