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Episode Info: Rachel Cherry is the Director of WP Campus and a freelance software engineer and consultant with with over ten years of experience in back and front-end web development and digital design. Her main areas of focus include accessibility, higher education, and WordPress. Transcript Aaron [00:01]: Hello, this is Aaron. Micah [00:02] And I’m Micah and you’re listening to the WP square one podcast. With us today is Rachel Cherry from WP campus. She is the director there. Welcome, Rachel. Rachel [00:12]: Hi. Thanks for having me. Aaron [00:17]: Yeah, no problem. Thank you. Tell us a little, a little bit about yourself. Rachel [00:21]: Yeah. Let’s see. I am a freelance software engineer, so I spend a lot of time working in the WordPress space. I have a pretty long history in the world of higher education right now. My pretty much only client full time is a university. So I do a lot of work in that space in various ways. I do a lot of work in sit and accessibility, so I focus a lot on that. I do a lot of audits and cleanup and development and training and stuff. And then in my spare time, I am the director of that, of WP campus, which is an organization for people that use WordPress in higher education. So we try to provide resources and we plan conferences where people can come and talk about how they’re using WordPress in the space. And we also focus a lot on accessibility and talk about how people are addressing accessibility problems and so yeah, it’s a pretty fun group to hang around with. Other than that, I live in New York the state, not the city. And just enjoy, you know, giving back to the internet community at large. Aaron [01:47]: Nice. Made me think, so right near my house, is a university called Reinhardt university. And they actually reached out to me, I think it was last week and was saying, Hey, we are really close to having good accessibility standards. Can you help us? And I was, I was like, I wish I could. So I’ve never, never dealt with accessibility in the aspect of like trying to implement good standards. How, how do you deal with that and what, what kind of brought you into that field? Rachel [02:32]: So I got started in accessibility because of higher ed. A lot of disability is a pretty large focus there. And due to section 508, which is a United States law that basically says if you’re, if you’re kind of tied to any federal agencies and then you have to provide accessible technology. And it’s not just websites, it’s everything from you know, digital from like kiosks on your campus and even down to like using printers. And so when you’re working in higher ed and you work at a public institution generally then you fall under section 508 most of the time. And so it does become part of your everyday process to audit what you’re doing to make sure that it meets the standard and a section and 508 is basically their standards for the web are essentially WCAB 2.0...
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