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Tuesday, September 17 • 3:10pm - 4:00pm
Maximizing Accessibility: Engaging People with Disabilities In The Linux Community - Spencer Hunley

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One of the greatest challenges facing the Linux community is accessibility. Unfortunately, the involvement of those most affected by this - people with disabilities - is meager at best. This presentation will discuss the benefits that the disability community can provide, and why accessibility is essential to the survival of Linux in the future. During this presentation, I will touch upon the following: the state of accessibility in Linux; the 'confinement cycle', and how Linux can be used to break it; ways to improve accessibility (and why this is important); and how the disability community can bring benefits to the Linux community.

Audience: beginners to experts, especially those with disabilities and/or anyone interested in accessibility. Rudimentary knowledge of assistive technology is recommended but not required; a Q&A session will follow the presentation.

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Spencer Hunley

Universal Tux
Spencer Hunley is an autistic professional, open-source assistive technology enthusiast, and proud Linux user since 2008. His fascination with assistive technology began at the UMKC Institute for Human Development, where he led an initiative to utilize Linux-based operating systems on netbooks given to youth with disabilities to decrease cost and maximize accessibility. He is currently a moderator for Universal Tux on Google+, and a board... Read More →


Tuesday September 17, 2013 3:10pm - 4:00pm
Strand 12B

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