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Code PaLOUsa 2019 Keynote & Networking Reception

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Actors Theatre of Louisville

316 West Main Street

Louisville, KY 40202

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A special keynote, in a special location. For 2019, Code PaLOUsa is going big with its keynote and everyone is invited. Be sure to come early for our complementary reception with heavy hors d'oeuvres and drinks (each person attending will be provided with ticket for a free drink) and then stay to hear an amazing keynote from a great speaker.

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5:00pm to 6:30pm Reception
6:30pm to 8:00pm Keynote

Demystifying Accessibility

The software industry has been struggling with accessibility for a long time. We have collectively failed as an industry to create inclusive systems, frameworks and components that address the needs of everybody, creating artificial barriers that prevent people of all abilities to be successful with the tools we create. As a result, accessibility is consistently treated as an afterthought if not ignored it altogether: when confronted with accessibility issues, most of us end up throwing hands in the air as they feel overwhelmed with concepts that seem hard to grasp and better left to the specialized few who may be able to navigate uncharted and treacherous waters. There is a better way: accessibility doesn't need to be a staggering mountain to climb and overwhelming endeavor. When approached with the right mindset, a few solid foundations, and a handful of supporting tools, accessibility not only becomes manageable: it can be a powerful tool to build software that is more robust, better designed, testable and future proof not to mention more inclusive and empowering for all of us. The time has come for the software community to raise the bar on accessibility and inclusion. We can build better software together once we begin demystifying accessibility and address it as one of the many engineering issues we have encountered in the past and successfully put behind us. We can do this.

Gianugo Rabellino

Gianugo Rabellino is the Director of Accessibility for the Cloud+Artificial Intelligence division at Microsoft. He oversees accessibility efforts across a catalog of 500 different projects, ensuring they all meet and exceed expectations for users of all abilities.

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