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Tendenci CEO to Present Solutions for Web Accessibility at 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival

Ed Schipul will provide actionable tools and design strategies

Tendenci at SXSW InteractiveHOUSTON, February 24, 2014 – Tendenci (www.tendenci.com), the software development company spearheading the Tendenci® Open Source Content Management System (CMS) project for associations and other nonprofits, today announced that CEO Ed Schipul will co-present the session, "Turning a Blind Eye to Good Usability," at the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival. Joining Schipul will be blind motivational speaker Rachel Magario who is an Assistive Technology Specialist at PACER Center's Simon Technology Center. The workshop will provide disability accessible solutions for website design.

Access to the Internet is a necessary resource to nearly every aspect of life: education, employment, government, commerce, healthcare and recreation. For people with disabilities to have equal opportunities, it is essential they have equal usability to the Internet and to websites. Schipul and Magario will present what online accessibility really means for both the visually impaired end user and to the web designer. The session will cover best practices, implementing accessible web design, testing and design pitfalls to avoid.

"The Internet can be a level playing field for all people – regardless of physical ability – which has empowered countless men and women with disabilities to participate in society in ways they never could before: as entrepreneurs, employees, advocates and activists," said Schipul. "It is inexcusable that many websites and apps continue to be developed with unnecessary and harmful obstacles to accessibility. Our goal is to show how easy accessibility can be to achieve."

For those who are blind, screen-reading software can open the door to the Web's vast information resources. A screen reader converts a Web site to text and then reads it out loud to the person using it. Unfortunately, many Web designers and developers fall into a trap of thinking that adding alt text to images is enough to make websites "accessible."

A typical approach to Web accessibility is to "repair" a website design that is already published, which often results in the site remaining functionally unusable by many people with disabilities. User-centered design practices avoid this problem by focusing on the functional requirements that improve access to all users. They are inspired by the needs of people with disabilities but are designed to give all users more options and control when accessing Web resources.

Turning a Blind Eye to Good Usability is by reservation only and is scheduled for 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM Tuesday, March 11th in Classroom 105 of the AT&T Conference Center, 1900 University Avenue in Austin, Texas. Attendees will need a valid SXSW badge, and an activated SXSocial account.

The 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival runs March 7th through March 11th. It is an incubator of cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity.

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About Tendenci

Headquartered in Houston with an office in Silicon Valley, Tendenci (www.tendenci.com) develops the Tendenci Open Source CMS platform tailor-made for the unique needs of cause-related organizations including associations and other nonprofits. Tendenci is a revenue generating online tool with over one million users overall. Tendenci powers the websites of DePelchin Children's Center, Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles and Advance.org, among hundreds of others. Tendenci's Schipul Web Marketing business unit provides web marketing services to an international client base that encompasses a variety of service industries in local, national and international markets. Additional information about Tendenci and Schipul is available at https://www.tendenci.com/about/.


Schipul’s Sarah Worthy to Tackle Mental Health Crowdsourcing at the 2013 SXSW® Interactive Festival

Crowdsourcing set to revolutionize mental health research and care 

Sarah Worthy with TendenciHOUSTON, March 7, 2013 – Schipul Technologies, (www.schipul.com), an open source software development company and creators of the Tendenci open source CMS for associations, announced today that Sarah M. Worthy will moderate the Core Conversation, “How to Crowdsource Your Mental Health for Free,” at the SXSW Interactive Festival. The session will provide insights on how access to and sharing of information can help to improve diagnoses, reduce treatment costs, decrease the length of treatment and enable individuals with mental illness to live a healthy and balanced life.

Recent tragedies in the news shined the spotlight on the nation’s flawed system of care for the mentally ill. Experts say mental health care continues to be hampered by budget cuts, closures, battles with insurers and stigma. Worthy, along with Data Scientist Dharol Tankersley, PhD, will describe how the patient community can take an active role of their care and seize greater control over their situation.

“Crowdsourcing can do something for you that nothing else can – it compliments traditional psychiatric medicine in new and powerful ways,” said Worthy. “Just as crowdsourcing has revolutionized technology, creative services, travel and other industries, it will revolutionize health research and care. Crowdsourcing is a way to get the information into the hands of doctors, patients and families – and to provide a way for them to share with the community and contribute to solutions.” 

The session will also address ways to protect privacy, including how to ensure mental health records and personal information is not revealed on the Internet.

“How to Crowdsource Your Mental Health for Free,” is scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday, March 11th at the Sheraton Austin, during the 20th annual SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas from March 8-12, 2013.

An incubator of cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity, the SXSW Interactive Festival features five days of compelling presentations from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable line-up of special programs showcasing the best new websites, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer. 

For more information, visit https://sxsw.com/interactive

About Schipul Technologies

Schipul Technologies develops and builds websites on the Open Source Tendenci CMS (www.tendenci.org) system for NPOs, a revenue generating online tool with over a half million people logging in during the past year and millions of users overall. Schipul is headquartered in Houston with an office in Silicon Valley, and provides web marketing services to an international client base that encompasses a variety of service industries in local, national and international markets. Schipul’s clients include the Houston Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles and Tony Chachere's® Creole Foods, among many others. Additional information about Schipul is available at www.schipul.com and www.tendenci.com.


Schipul’s Sarah Worthy to Discuss Online Community Outreach at SXSW Interactive 2012

Will examine developing an online community application for space outreach using crowdsourcing and open source tools  

HOUSTON, March 1, 2012 – Schipul – The Web Marketing Company (www.schipul.com), a leading Web marketing and software development company, announced today that Sarah M. Worthy will lead a Core Conversation about developing a social outreach application using crowdsourcing at the SXSW Interactive Festival. Worthy will lead the session, “SpacePoints: Space Outreach at Ludicrous Speed,” alongside Jon Verville, a collaboration architect at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

The session will examine SpacePoints, which was developed by space enthusiasts to use open source Web technologies to incentivize and reward efforts to promote continued space exploration in the wake of NASA’s diminished funding. Participants at the session will learn how SpacePoints successfully brought together like-minded people from across the country to turn an idea into a set of requirements and about the process of managing the development and design of the online community application.

SpacePoints invites Web developers, designers and space enthusiasts to join in the conversation with the goal of integrating new applications and expanding the platform. The online application framework for SpacePoints uses Tendenci® (www.tendenci.com) content management software (CMS) that Schipul built on the Django open source framework using the open source Python code.

SpacePoints will officially launch the beta version of the application on the day of the panel, scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Monday, March 12, 2012 at the Hilton Austin.  Interested beta testers are invited to sign-up for a beta invitation at https://spacept.com.

The festival runs March 9-13, 2012 at the Austin Convention Center. For more information, visit https://www.sxsw.com/conference/

The 19th Annual SXSW Interactive Festival features presentations from the brightest minds in emerging technology, networking events hosted by industry leaders and a line up of special programs showcasing the best new websites, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer. It is widely recognized as the place to preview what is unfolding in cutting edge creative technology.

About Schipul - The Web Marketing Company

Schipul – The Web Marketing Company developed and supports the Tendenci CMS software to provide non-profit organizations an easy and affordable solution for all their online marketing needs.  Schipul is headquartered in Houston with an office in Silicon Valley, and provides marketing services on the Internet to more than 300 organizations from a variety of service industries in local, national and international markets. Schipul’s clients include the Houston Zoo, Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles and  the New York Metropolitan Library Foundation, among many others. Additional information about Schipul is available at www.schipul.com and www.tendenci.com.


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