Speakers: Joe A Simpson Jr.

  • Joe A Simpson Jr: Close Your Eyes - Helping See Value in Accessibility

    Joe A Simpson Jr: Close Your Eyes – Helping See Value in Accessibility

    WordCamp Los Angeles 2018Speaker: Joe A Simpson Jr.

    December 13, 2018 — Imagine having a child with special needs being prevented from attending class each day, or your elderly parents being forced to constantly climb flights of stairs to eat meals? Inconceivable! But yet designers and developers make ill-advised, personal decisions that place barriers – ignoring twice as many disabled Americans than LIVE the cities of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston combined.

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  • Joe A Simpson Jr. :90 Days: Finding Your Place in the WordPress Community

    Joe A Simpson Jr. :90 Days: Finding Your Place in the WordPress Community

    WordCamp Orange County 2018Speaker: Joe A Simpson Jr.

    June 11, 2018 — After years of general fatigue, a myriad of tests without an answer, a catheter was inserted through my hip eventually winding its way to my heart, discovering two blocked arteries. After successfully re-opening them, I set out on difficult cardio-rehabilitation to regain heart fitness. During the next three months (including a leave of absence from work), I set out to restore my physical, spiritual and emotional well being. This speech details a 3-month journey of rediscovery the things that nourish and nurture each of these three areas — a thirst for learning, unearthing my dormant creativity and all things WordPress.

    I set out to become more mindful of the things that bring me positive energy including truly engaging in the Community — 4 WordCamps, 16+ WordPress Meetups, and Events, designed a Wapuu, and a website build/brand to give back. From Castaic north to Palmdale (northernmost Los Angeles County), east to Riverside and all ports of call in-between (Pasadena, Whittier, Hollywood, Downtown Los Angeles) learn what makes good clubs while finding a network of common minds and colorful characters and gain inspiration to start the WordPress Santa Clarita Valley Meetup, over 8,000 Miles later.