MidCamp is dedicated to an accessible, safe, inclusive, and welcoming conference experience for anyone who would like to attend. Below, we are providing helpful information regarding the tools we are using for this event to help make the MidCamp planning and attendee experience accessible. We encourage attendees who have specific accessibility related questions, or simply want to know more about the current arrangements, to contact us.
MidCamp's venue has accessibility features that will accommodate most attendees. Detailed information is on the Venue page. We do our best to provide ample signage and also use demarcated walking lanes to allow all attendees to more easily move throughout our spaces.
MidCamp uses access lanes marked out with blue tape throughout the event. Please keep the access lanes clear so that there’s always a path through the room for people with disabilities and for everyone else at the event.
- move through the room in the access lanes
- stop and chat in the access lanes
- queue in the access lanes
- place bags, furniture, power cables, or other obstructions in or across the access lanes
Help maintain the access lanes if you can:
- politely remind your fellow attendees to not stop or queue in the access lanes
- remove any obstructions you find in the access lanes
If you need help maintaining the access lanes, ask a volunteer at the registration table.
(re-used with permission from the AdaCamp Toolkit)
Learn more about walking lanes or view some example photos.
Zoom is a popular video conferencing tool that we'll use for MidCamp planning meetings, sessions, and conversations. Zoom has web interface that supports basic features, but we recommend you download the app for full functionality.
Zoom has a detailed list of accessibility features that can be found on the Zoom website page titled Zoom Accessibility Features.
MidCamp uses a combination of closed captioning and live transcription for all many meetings and sessions. Details about how to turn on and use closed captioning or live transcription can be found on the Zoom website.
Slack is a a channel-based messaging platform with topic-specific rooms; robust search; and of course, emoji & gifs. You can request to join the MidCamp Slack. Once you’re there, don’t be a lurker, join in! Look through the list of channels, ask questions, and explore.
If you’re not familiar with Slack, start by learning the basics, getting the app, and updating your profile.
Use the Channel Browser to find interesting conversations. For MidCamp we’ll be hanging out in #general and a few other channels.
If you utilize assistive technologies, you may use Slack with a screen reader, read about keyboard accessibility in Slack, and review the keyboard shortcuts
To help us make the MidCamp website a positive place for everyone, we've been using the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1. These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities, and user friendly for everyone.
The guidelines have three levels of accessibility (A, AA, and AAA). We’ve chosen Level AA as the target for the MidCamp website.
How Are We Doing?
In order to achieve our accessibility goal, we built our site in compliance with W3C standards for HTML and CSS. The site displays correctly in current browsers and using standards compliant HTML/CSS code means that future browsers will also display it correctly. We used codebases that are built with accessibility in mind.
We're working diligently to achieve our goal of Level AA accessibility, but we realize some areas still need improving. We have identified the following challenges with our site in this Drupal.org issue and will be working to address them over time.
We are continually seeking out solutions that will bring all areas of the site up to the same level of overall web accessibility. If you experience any difficulty in accessing the MidCamp website, please don’t hesitate to contact us.