SXSW - Ed Schipul: Turning a Blind Eye to Good Usability

Does your jQuery crash accessible browsers? Are you required by law to be accessible?

“Accessibility” online can have many definitions and contexts. For most of us web designers and developers, we fall into the trap of thinking adding alt text to images is enough to make our websites "accessible."

Join Ed Schipul, CEO of Tendenci, and blind motivational speaker Rachel Magario, Assistive Technology Specialist at PACER Center's Simon Technology Center, as they discuss what accessibility online really looks like to both web designers and visually impaired end users.

This session will cover best practices, testing, and pitfalls to avoid in implementing accessible web design. You will walk away with actionable tips you can use in your web design and development projects.

Speaker: Ed Schipul
Speaker Ed Schipul
Ed Schipul is CEO of Tendenci, formerly Schipul, a 16 year old bootstrapped company started in Houston Texas. Our team created the Open Source software platform Tendenci, an all in one CMS built specifically for NonProfits, Membership Associations and Arts Organizations. Under Ed's leadership, the company has been listed among Houston's ...

Ed Schipul is CEO of Tendenci, formerly Schipul, a 16 year old bootstrapped company started in Houston Texas. Our team created the Open Source software platform Tendenci, an all in one CMS built specifically for NonProfits, Membership Associations and Arts Organizations. 

Under Ed's leadership, the company has been listed among Houston's fastest growing companies by the Houston Business Journal, won the Fastech 50, the Aggie 100, and numerous other awards. Ed has personally been nominated for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the year award twice and roasted by the AIGA. 

Ed has presented at OSCON, SXSW Interactive, Public Relations Society of America’s International Conference, the Bulldog Reporter National Conference, the Sarasota International Design Summit, Mom 2.0 and dozens of other organizations. 

Ed is frequently asked to share his insights regarding online marketing and has been published in Nonprofit World, Association News, The Public Relations Strategist and PR Tactics, among others. He blogs for Hearst Newspaper’s Houston City Brights and has been interviewed on NBC and ABC news as an expert in successfully using digital marketing tools to accelerate organizational growth. 

As a past participant and sponsor of the AIR Accessibility Internet Rally community hackathon, Ed has worked to make technology globally accessible, especially for those with disabilities. 

Ed is a graduate of Texas A&M University, builds aerial drones as a hobby, is an amateur photographer and a very amateur tennis player.

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Speaker Rachel Magario
Rachel Magario is a “Brazilian Blind Visionary,” who has triumphed over adversity consistently throughout her life. She has cheated death so many times she earned the nickname, “Rachel 9 Lives.” Rachel is a kidney transplant recipient, an entrepreneur, and one of the most driven people you’ll ever meet. She is ...

Rachel Magario is a “Brazilian Blind Visionary,” who has triumphed over adversity consistently throughout her life. She has cheated death so many times she earned the nickname, “Rachel 9 Lives.”



Rachel is a kidney transplant recipient, an entrepreneur, and one of the most driven people you’ll ever meet. She is a consultant, coach, and speaker for companies, universities, and organizations.


Rachel Magario is an Assistive Technology Specialist with PACER Center's Simon Technology Center


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When?

Tue, March 11, 2014
11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
(GMT-0500) America/Chicago

Where?

SXSW Interactive, Music and Film Festival
1900 University Ave
Austin, Texas 78705
USA

AT&T Conference Center, Classroom 105