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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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Opportunities just keep coming. Here is another one that could use someone to give out information. I will take a closer look at it tomorrow. Tonight I have to replace a hard drive.
 
Learn about how to submit a session proposal for Linux Plumbers Conference at http://bit.ly/1IJBXwj
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Another opportunity to educate some folks, and make some more contacts!
 
How - and Why - to Speak at Linux Foundation Events: http://bit.ly/1EdizkT Don't forget the deadline for LinuxCon + CloudOpen + ContainerCon speaking proposals is May 12!
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Accessibility in Linux is good (but could be much better) http://red.ht/1zkUvAR
Linux accessibility is good, but could be much better. Learn about many of the free accessibility tools Linux and open source solutions offer, and find out about the areas that need improvement.
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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Sure glad to see this happening.
 
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Besides gardening lately (more on that next time) lately I've been looking into what needs and used to use KSpeech/KTTS/Jovie. As QtSpeech will replace the functionality Jovie provided I thought I'd look at what needs doing to get stuff using QtSpeech. Okul...
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You are most welcome, of course, Jeremy. I will give it a spin tomorrow, since my energy is gone for today.

I haven't used IRC in about 4 years, will give that some thought. It might be a good way to keep things rolling now.
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Just a comment on a tool I have been using recently for Chrome, it's an extension called Beeline Reader. It adds colour to text on websites and makes it a lot easier to follow.
http://www.beelinereader.com/
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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Considering all GNOME does for accessibility, this would be a great place to present. There is still a month to get the papers in.
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A couple of interesting applications being tested.
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CFP open for #OSCON  in Amsterdam, not sure how many in this community are in Europe, but I'd love to see another strong showing for #a11y .
 
#OSCON  returns to Europe this October! Share your stories and know-how with the FLOSS community, the CFP is open now:
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Yes, that is along the lines that I was thinking. I could look to raise funds on a biz plan for Linux events (if the market supports such a move) and (possibly as an addendum) mention a longer-term aim of hoping to create #a11y events. It's only the haziest of notions at the moment and I'll let my brain back-burner do its thing with it. Or front-burner if it keeps buzzing at me.
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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Anyone planning on this one? We got to keep the momentum going.
 
On Wednesday afternoon, the All Things Open (ATO) conference announced its Call for Speakers for 2015. The call will remain open for 45 days, which means it will close sometime near the end of April. Those interested in being a speaker at this year’s…
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Discussion about needs of Linux and FOSS users with various disabilities, and how to meet them. Make Linux and FOSS the genuinely universal computing platform. Make accessibility a fundamental Linux subsystem, as fundamental as keyboards and mice, audio, and video.

Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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Just wanted to address the upcoming OSCON 2015. A few of us submitted proposals for this one. +DeeAnn Little was selected to do a presentation. She would appreciate any and all support we can her. The rest of the proposals are on the standby list, which means very short notice.

For myself, I will not be going. The entrance fee is too high for my retired paycheck, and to go to support our speaker without the ability to get in the door seems less than worthwhile. I will be cheering DeeAnn on, and supporting her any way I can.

In the meantime, there are other conferences which need to hear from this group! Let's not stop until we have everything we are aiming for.
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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Access to all things can be possible!
 
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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Help a student out. It only takes a minute or two to fill out a survey.

via +Charlie Carter 
 
Hi guys...
I Master student at University of São Paulo (Brazil) and I’m developing a survey for my thesis...
I would like to ask your collaboration to answer this survey…
And if possible, sending it to your friends who develop web applications...
I thank for your participation ....

English version: http://goo.gl/lfTJgl Versión en Español: http://goo.gl/37fe86 Versão em Português: http://goo.gl/2byugn
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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I agree with +Andrew Daley on this one. It is a really good article. It makes a person think, just a little.
 
This article is one of the best I have read about accessibility, accomodations and universal design I have read in a while. Please read. 
Accessibility is not just about meeting the needs of the disabled or catering for edge cases. Accessibility impacts everybody.
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Excellent.
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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Do we have anyone submitting for this one?
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Thanks, Spencer.
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Cool use of the pebble.
What it Does. The pebble watch monitors for the sort of shaking movements associated with a tonic-clonic epileptic seizure and sends updates to an Android server device (such as a phone) using the Bluetooth radio on the Pebble watch. The Android Server will raise alarms to alert a carer if ...
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Very cool. Always thought you made a smart purchase with the pebble.
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Josh Simmons

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I like how Nicolas Steenhout frames accessibility as universal design and disability as impairment meeting failures of design.

Nic and Universal Tux have done a lot to help me tune my perspective on the subject - thank you!
There has been a lot of talk about diversity in software development and at IT conferences. Typically, these conversations focus primarily on gender diversity, sometimes on racial diversity. Very little seems to be said about disability diversity apart from the occasional push for awareness of ...
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That's really great! And thank you Josh!
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Spencer Hunley
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This is great, not just useful for the blind.  I think some learning and intellectual disabilities too.
Some of the most emotional, thrilling or frightening scenes in movies contain no dialogue, but that’s a big problem if you rely on sound to see them.
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Spencer Hunley
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So...I'm seriously leaning towards applying. Fedora has always held some interest; the bleeding edge, the close ties to Red Hat, etc, etc.
I'm deeply interested in the alpha adoption of Wayland as well. Even though I don't use Fedora on a daily basis, this could change quickly, as I do have a chromebook that begs for experimentation.

If anyone else would like to apply, I would encourage you to do so as well - I'm just 'testing the waters' in case anyone would be willing to be listed as references "who can speak to [my] passion, interest, or experience with diversity and inclusion".
The Fedora Council is looking for Diversity Advisor to help assess and advise on diversity in our open source project, and we want your help.
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And another go for it! I'll vouch!
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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Anyone submitting for this? +Spencer Hunley presented last year, are you going this year?
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This'll hinge on funding, but if we can swing it I can co-present.
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