Amanda Rush designs websites and web applications using various content management systems including WordPress, as well as testing websites for accessibility according to the W3C standards and for Section 508 compliance. She checks for usability with Jaws for Windows, Non-Visual Desktop Access, (NVDA), Window Eyes, System Access, and VoiceOver at Customer Servant Consultancy.
According to Wikipedia “The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are part of a series of web accessibility guidelines published by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the main international standards organization for the Internet. They are a set of guidelines that specify how to make content accessible, primarily for people with disabilities—but also for all user agents, including highly limited devices, such as mobile phones. The current version, WCAG 2.0, was published in December 2008.”
Amanda is an instructor at the Cisco Academy for the Vision Impaired, where she helps teach a class on HTML5, CSS and general web design which is inclusive of accessibility. She is also a member of the Accessibility Team where she helps test and makes recommendations for improvements to accessibility.
We chat about WordCamps, the WordPress Community, Assistive Technology and other things during the interview.
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