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New Venue Accessibility Checklist in the WordCamp Organizer Handbook

WordPress Community News Roundup for the Week of October 17

You may recall my prior post, 5 Days Without a Shower, in which I wrote about my disability experiences at WCUS 2022. Writing things from a place of vulnerability isn’t always easy, but sometimes they’re necessary. Creating that post gave you insight into my experiences, and though I told them with a thread of humor, it was still not easy to share. But sharing with good intent, and with support, can help effect change.

This week the WCUS 2023 team reached out to me in two ways, and when I tell you how warmed my heart was, you still can’t imagine the extent of my joy. First, Joe Simpson Jr. shared this new section of the WordCamp Organizer Handbook with me: Venue Accessibility Checklist. This is a HUGE step toward accommodating those with disabilities at WordCamps. The team also reached out to me as they’re touring the venue for next year with questions as they went through, inviting my input. Kudos to the Community Team on these great efforts and forward momentum. 

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In the Member Spotlight this week, it’s Miriam Schwab of Strattic

Miriam’s advice for WordPress professionals:

Keep learning. We’re in an industry that is always evolving, and always developing, and that’s one of the things that’s so exciting, but also challenging, about it. It’s important to try to stay up to speed on what’s going on directly in our industry, while also keeping an eye on what’s going on around us in parallel industries. It keeps us fresh and current.

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