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Spectrum 2017: Optimizing Your Role in an Evolving Profession


Spectrum 2017: Optimizing Your Role in an Evolving Profession


Spectrum 2017: Optimizing Your Role in an Evolving Profession


CONDUIT 2017 hosted by the STC Philadelphia Metro Chapter


CONDUIT 2017 hosted by the STC Philadelphia Metro Chapter

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STC WDCB brings back the Rough Drafts

The Washington, DC – Baltimore chapter invites you to a special event at #STC17: The Rough Drafts are back! As the host chapter for this year’s STC Summit technical communication conference, the WDCB chapter wants you to join us at the party of the year featuring STC’s own rock band, the Rough Drafts.

The party will be on Tuesday, May 9th at 7 pm, immediately following the Honors Reception in the Cherry Blossom ballroom at the Gaylord Hotel.

The Rough Drafts are a rock band made up of technical communicators and friends who perform your favorite dance tunes old and new. The band has performed at summits throughout the years and has featured performers from all across the world.

This year’s band will feature STC members Rich Maggiani on drums, Stephen Adler on guitar, Richard Hamilton on guitar, and Viqui Dill on bass. They will be joined by Keith Dill, Viqui’s championship winning husband on guitar (and maybe fiddle).

As in past years, the band invites you to join them on stage to sing or play. We will be posting the set list ahead of time and we will have lyrics and chords so you can play and sing along. How else could a band of technical communicators perform if not for the documentation and user assistance?

So save the date and make plans to join the Washington, DC – Baltimore chapter and the Rough Drafts for the party of the year.

Call for musicians: Musicians who would like to join the Rough Drafts on stage are urged to contact email hidden; JavaScript is required before the summit. Don’t be shy. We welcome you!

Photo credits: Rachel Houghton, STC Fellow, and WDCB Chapter on Flickr.





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Carolyn on stage

Carolyn and her guitar


Starting another song

Open Jam finale

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Updates to Our Guide to the Annual Conference

Night shot of Gaylord Hotel and the Capital Wheel in all blue color at National Harbor, MD
Night View of the National Harbor and a Blue Capital Wheel.
Photo credit: Paul Nelson.

If you are planning to attend Summit 2017 and have already made your plans, great. If you are still thinking about it, check out our Guide to the Annual Conference. Three articles written by chapter members Ugur Akinci and Cynthia Lockley are now included in the page.

We Love Living Here: We Think You'll Like Visiting

Chapter and local STC members provide their insights for visiting this area for articles in the Intercom and on thia site.

We know you'’ll love attending Summit 2017 and visiting the many attractions around National Harbor and in DC. For more tips about what the DC and Baltimore metropolitan areas have to offer, checkout out Pinterest Board, "Things To Do in DC & Baltimore Metropolitan Areas", https://www.pinterest.com/stcwdcmb/things-to-do-in-dc-baltimore-metropolitan-areas/

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Section 508 Best Practices Webinar: WCAG 2.0 & the Revised Section 508 Standards (March 28)

From: United States Access Board <email hidden; JavaScript is required> Sent: Thursday, March 09, 2017 9:17 AM
Subject: Section 508 Best Practices Webinar: WCAG 2.0 and the Revised Section 508 Standards (March 28)

Section 508 Best Practices Webinar: WCAG 2.0 and the Revised Section 508 Standards (March 28)

The next webinar in the Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series will take place March 28 from 1:00 to 2:30 (ET) and will cover the updated Section 508 Standards and their application of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 to websites, electronic documents, and software. Presenters will review WCAG 2.0 Level A and Level AA Success Criteria and Conformance Requirements and explain how they are applied by the refreshed 508 Standards. They will also address use of WCAG 2.0 Success Criteria for both web and non-web technologies, available resources for testing and verifying accessibility according to WCAG 2.0, and other topics.

For more details or to register for this or other webinars in the free series, visit https://www.accessibilityonline.org/cioc-508/schedule.

The Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series provides helpful information and best practices for federal agencies in meeting their obligations under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act which ensures access to information and communication technology in the federal sector. This webinar series is made available by the Accessibility Community of Practice of the CIO Council in partnership with the U.S. Access Board.

Section 508 Best Practices: WCAG 2.0 and the Revised Section 508 Standards
March 28, 2017, 1:00- 2:30 (ET) Add to Calendar
• Bruce Bailey, IT Specialist, U.S. Access Board
• Timothy Creagan, Senior Accessibility Specialist, U.S. Access Board
• Earlene Sesker, Training Coordinator, U.S. Access Board (moderator)
• Deborah Kaplan, Section 508 Policy Lead, Office of the CIO, HHS (moderator)
Registration: https://www.accessibilityonline.org/cioc-508/session/?id=110612

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Updates to the WDCB Chapter’s Jobs Board

Graphic of sign for Job Openings with brown borderFor those of you looking for a job in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, our Jobs Board website has been updated.

The Job Listings page has been updated with some revised links.

The Employment Resources page now includes a section called State Employment Resources. This section provides links to job openings for the District of Columbia (DC) government and DC Federal government. Links to State job openings in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia are included as well as other State employment resources in those states.

Happy job hunting!

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