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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.

Jonathan Perlman

  • Senior Web Developer, Dawson College

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.

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