January Nerd Therapy: Accessibility—Why You Need to Think About ALL Your Users!

This is a past event

88 people went

The Nerdery

1033 W Van Buren St Suite 700 · Chicago, IL

How to find us

www.nerdery.com/locations/chicago

Location image of event venue

Details

Topic:
Ever wonder how people with disabilities interact with the web?
Curious about how your site can reach more people and have a competitive advantage?
Want to understand more about the legal landscape of web accessibility?
Did you know that there are web accessibility standards?
Does your company have a web accessibility policy?

Please join us for an exclusive event on as our guest panelists share their perspectives:
- Laura Shields — Senior Software Engineer, The Nerdery
- Katy Jones — Senior Quality Assurance Engineer, The Nerdery
- Dennis Deacon — Founder/Organizer, Chicago Digital Accessibility & Inclusive Design Meetup
- Ray Campbell — Accessibility Analyst, United Airlines

Our guest panelists will share how they are helping their companies, and others, understand the importance of web accessibility. As always, attendees are encouraged to come prepared with questions.

Agenda:
5:30-6 p.m.: Food, networking, craft beer tasting and photo booth
6-7 p.m.: Nerd Therapy
7-8 p.m.: Craft beer, networking, photo booth and karaoke

Your host:
Gregg Walrod — Head of Software Engineering, The Nerdery Chicago

Gregg is a proven business leader that focuses on the employee and client experiences. He works as the Head of Software Engineering where he leads and supports the Chicago-based team. He has worked in numerous leadership roles in his 12-year services business career, which includes leading Geek Squad in China. In his spare time, Gregg is an avid music lover and loves to travel abroad.

Featured Panelists:
Laura Shields — Senior Software Engineer - Front-End, The Nerdery

Laura spends most of her time enhancing web accessibility and promoting environmental conservation. She is an avid planner and organizer who loves riding bikes, volunteering at museums, and trying new things.

Katy Jones — Senior Quality Assurance Engineer, The Nerdery

Assures quality in the realms of accessibility and automation. Passionate about admittedly terrible television, hockey, and karaoke. Aspires to one day successfully use a seesaw.

Dennis Deacon — Founder/Organizer, Chicago Digital Accessibility & Inclusive Design Meetup

Dennis Deacon (https://www.linkedin.com/in/dennisdeacon/) is an Accessibility Engineer with The Paciello Group (https://www.paciellogroup.com/). He gained his accessibility chops while working as a front-end developer at United Airlines. He is the organizer of the Chicago Digital Accessibility & Inclusive Design Meetup (http://meetup.com/a11ychi). Dennis can be followed on Twitter at @deconspray (http://twitter.com/deconspray).

Ray Campbell — Accessibility Analyst, United Airlines

Bio to come...

About The Nerdery: (http://www.nerdery.com)
We are a custom software design and development company built on the belief that passionate nerds are the driving force behind business breakthroughs. Our vision is to be the best place in the world for Nerds to work; our purpose is to redefine what’s possible through technology.