I've been blind from birth, but have always had a passion for technology. In my final years of high school I started looking around for tools that would allow me to learn more about web development and so came across open source software. From looking around I could see that the clear leader in this space was Drupal 7 and so started to learn how to set up and manage a site for myself.
After a few months I decided to look at what was happening in Drupal 8. Seeing all the work that Everett Zufelt (the Drupal 7 accessibility maintainer) had contributed, I knew that the community was responsive to the needs of blind users, but that there weren't that many users who were clearly blind users who were participating in the issue queue.
I decided to take the leap, learn how to install Drupal 8 and start applying the patches. Working with the community I've gotten much better at clearly stating problems in English (It's my second language and I'm still not fluent in it) as also building patches myself. I've been able to contribute to a number of important changes that have gotten into Drupal Core.
It's great being able to influence a piece of software in my spare time that will eventually drive a significant portion of the Internet. By contributing my feedback at this stage of the software development process I am able to improve the software for me and also for any blind user who wants to interact with the Internet. I'm able to shape my future and also shape my future career by working with a dynamic group of web development experts who are working around the world on continuing to improve Drupal.
However, I need your help.
I want to go to DrupalCon Portland this May. I know that if I meet with others in the Drupal community I'll be able to contribute so much more than I already have. I've watched a number of videos from presentations of past DrupalCons and know that I'll learn so much in talking to other developers. I know that by attending this conference I'll be able to both continue to educate the Drupal community about the need of accommodating people with disabilities as well as learn best practices that will allow me to be a better programmer in the months and years to come.
Please donate what you can. This is my first trip on my own outside of Italy, but I know it's going to be an adventure that will produce some great results. If you cannot donate, don't worry. If you'd like to help me attending the conference, you can simply get the word out about this campaign.
Do not forget to use Indiegogo share tools for this project… It will help as well!
Important: if I don't get enough funds to let me attend the conference, any raised fund will be saved and used to allow me to attend another Drupalcon.