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Accessible Technology Webinar Series


Ana G.

Ana, AccessAna, has been using Android since July 2010. . Her first phone was a Motorola Droid running Android 2.0. Since then, she has worked with most versions of the operating system. She hosted her first Accessible Android blog from august 2010 to September 2011 to help eyes-free users get the most out of their early Android devices. More recently, she started a new version of the blog to discuss the very different approach to accessibility found in Android today. She is one of the cohosts of That Android Show, a monthly podcast about Android and accessibility produced by the Serotek network, and she has been a guest on other podcasts, including Eyes on Success and Access World, where she has talked about Android accessibility. She has been invited to Google I/O, the yearly developer conference hosted by google, for her work promoting Android as a viable option for people who are blind or low-vision.

Clara Van Gerven

ClaraAndroid is original. Google's approach to things is a little wild and a little experimental. It's approach to accessibility is no exception. Van Gerven is an access technology content specialist at the National Federation of the Blind, where she has worked on tactile graphics, low vision, web accessibility and many other access technology topics over the last five years.

Jared Smith

Jared Smith is the Associate Director of WebAIM and has provided web accessibility training to thousands of developers throughout the world. With over 13 years experience working in the web design, development, and accessibility field, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that is used to help others create and maintain highly accessible web content.

Karl Groves, Director of Training, Deque Systems

Karl Groves has nearly a decade of professional experience in web design/ development and over 8 years' experience doing usability and accessibility consulting. He is currently employed by Deque Systems as Director of Training and has created & delivered training for everyone from developers, QA, content creators and project managers. In addition to his development expertise, Karl is known for his pragmatic approach to accessibility and is focused on providing sensible, high impact solutions to complicated accessibility challenges.

Jim Tobias, Inclusive Technologies

Jim Tobias has thirty years experience in accessible and usable technology in both public and private sectors. He has focused on how technologies are designed and used in education, employment, and civic participation.

Jim has a Master's Degree in Industrial Design and is President of Inclusive Technologies, a technology analysis consulting firm specializing in accessible information and communication technologies.

He has served on several advisory committees, including co-Chairing the Access Board's committee on updating accessibility requirements in Sections 255 and 508. Jim co-directed the accessibility element of California's review of voting technologies in 2007-2008, and led the user testing component. He chaired the Alliance for Telecom Industry Solutions's Interactive Voice Response (IVR) Accessibility Forum. He participated in the April 2008 meeting of ITU's Global Initiative for Inclusive ICT, and served on ISO's JTC1 Special Working Group on Accessibility (SWG-A).

Jutta Treviranus, Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC)

Jutta Treviranus is the director of the Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) and professor in the faculty of Design at OCAD University in Toronto. The IDRC is an internationally recognized center of expertise in the inclusive design of emerging information and communication technology and practices. Jutta is also the co-director of Raising the Floor and GPII. Jutta and her team have pioneered personalization as an approach to accessibility in the digital domain. Her team also leads many international open source projects that attempt to infuse inclusive design sensibilities into open source networks. She has played a leading role in developing accessibility legislation, standards and specifications internationally. She is the Chair of the W3C WAI Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines Working Group.

Paul J. Adam, Deque Systems

Paul J. Adam is an Accessibility Evangelist at Deque Systems, Inc. by day and spends his spare time creating websites or learning iOS development. He's worked as an Accessibility Specialist at the Texas Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services (DARS), a web designer for UT-Permian Basin and A&M-Central Texas, and has trained students, faculty, and staff in a wide variety of IT & Accessibility subjects. Paul is also an Apple Nerd who got hooked after using the first accessible iPhone

Barry Johnson

Barry Johnson has been working in Section 508/Web Accessibility for over 12 years spending time helping the FAA, the Department of Health & Human Services, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Education ensure the accessibility of their complex websites. Working as a Senior Consultant for Deque Systems, Barry also works with Deque's large commercial client base testing and reviewing their ebusiness sites.

When not working to promote web accessibility, Barry is a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician at a local volunteer rescue squad, enjoys running, riding his bike, reading, and raising home grown vegetables with his wife. Barry lives in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC.

Joseph Dolson

Joseph Dolson has been writing and working in web accessibility since 2004, when he founded the web development and accessibility consultancy Accessible Web Design. His articles have been published in Practical eCommerce magazine, QualityWorld, the Accessites blog, and many other places around the web. His work in WordPress includes the authorship of several popular plug-ins and he's active as an editor on the WordPress accessibility task force site

Judith Stark

Judith Stark is the Accessible Information Technology consultant for the Pacific ADA Center, specializing in promoting the use of Information Technology that is accessible to the widest range of end users as possible. She has over twenty five years of experience in the computer industry, as well as a post-graduate degree in Community Social Work. She provides technical assistance and training to businesses, individuals and governmental entities on best practices and legal requirements for creating and supporting accessible information technology

Judith also works directly with people with disabilities to enable them to use technology in the most effective manner possible.

Christy Blew

Christy Blew is an IT Accessibility Specialist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has over 15 years of experience in developing and using internet technologies to deliver information to people and has been working with IT accessibility education for over 10 years. Christy is part of the ITaccess initiative at the UIUC that focuses on the awareness, evaluation, and education of accessibility of electronic information. Her online and classroom training sessions include accessibility issues with Word, PowerPoint, and PDF. Christy currently holds a Masters in Technology and a Certification in Computer Science from Eastern Illinois University.

Robin Jones

Robin Jones is the Director of the Great Lakes ADA Center and an Instructor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The Center serves the States of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. The Center provides training and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and issues related to Accessible Information Technology.

Robin has served as director since the Center's inception in 1991. Formerly, she served as director of an independent living center in the Chicago area and as an occupational therapy practitioner at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. She has extensive experiences as a trainer regarding ADA for business, government and disability organizations. Robin has been actively involved in assisting business and government to meet their obligations under the ADA and is recognized as a key resource regarding ADA compliance.

Virginia DeBolt

Author of Mastering Integrated HTML and CSS and other books, contributor to InterACT with Web Standards: A Holistic Approach to Web Design. Writing for over 12 years about web design and web education at Web Teacher, Presenter at Knowbility's John Slatin Access U, InterLab, SXSW Interactive and others. Community Manager of Web Standards Sherpa. Digital Arts instructor at University of New Mexico Continuing Ed.

Jon Gunderson

Dr. Gunderson has been the Coordinator Information Technology Accessibility in the Division of Disability Resources and Education Services (DRES) at the University of Illinois. He leads the IT accessibility efforts on the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign campus. He is the chair of the Open Accessibility Alliance and co-chair of the OpenAjax Accessibility Task Force and a member of the W3C Protocols and Formats Working Group work on the Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA) and the W3C Web Content Accessibility ARIA/HTML techniques task force. He is the former chair of the W3C User Agent Accessibility Working group that produced the W3C User Agent Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 specification. He has given numerous presentations, workshops and courses related to web accessibility. He leads the development of open source web accessibility evaluation tools: AInspector Sidebar for Firefox and the Functional Accessibility Evaluator 2.0 (FAE) to audit and report on the accessibility of entire websites. He works with campus web developers and companies who the university purchases web based resources and applications to improve the accessibility of campus web resources to students, faculty and staff with disabilities.

Ken Petri

Ken Petri has directed The Ohio State University Web Accessibility Center since 2005. In his role at the Center, Ken works with IT, administrative, and instructional staff in order to help promote and establish IT accessibility. Recently he has been a part of efforts to develop strategic approaches to accessibility as an institutional priority.

Nick Wilkie

Nick Wilkie is the CEO for StreamText.Net the leading platform for realtime text communication solutions. StreamText.Net is used by a majority of the CART and caption providers in the country to privide realtime acessibility for their cusotmers. Previously Nick held leadership roles in a number of technology companies working in industries that included Trade Shows, Hospitality and Ecommerce. Nick's technical skills combined with his experience working with CART and caption providers give Nick a unique perspective on accessibility solutions. Leveraging this experience Nick has worked with a number of companies like Google and Adobe to help them develop realtime captions into their applications. He continues to work to make universal design a standard by making accessibility a primary feature for web based applications. Nick is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Computer Science. He now lives in Atlanta Georgia and enjoys spending time with his family, skiing and throwing pottery.

Christy Blew

Christy Blew is an IT Accessibility Specialist in the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has over 15 years of experience in developing and using internet technologies to deliver information to people and has been working with IT accessibility education for over 10 years. Christy is part of the ITaccess initiative at the University of Illinois that focuses on the awareness, evaluation, and education of accessibility of electronic information. Her online and classroom training sessions include accessibility issues with Word, PowerPoint, and PDF. Christy currently holds a Masters in Technology and a Certification in Computer Science from Eastern Illinois University and a certificate in Audio Description through Audio Description Associates, LLC..

Debra Ruh

Debra Ruh is an advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities and founder of a Ruh Global Communications. The firm focuses on Global Disability Inclusion, EmployAbility, ICT Accessibility, UN CRPD Human Rights and Social Media Marketing. She founded TecAccess in 2001 and merged it with another firm in 2011. TecAccess was an IT consulting firm that employed persons with disabilities and helped businesses create accessible technologies for people with disabilities.

Jonathan Avila

As SSB's Chief Accessibility Officer, Jonathan Avila is involved in updating and maintaining SSB's Unified Audit Methodology and best practice library relating to Section 508, WCAG, and other accessibility standards. Jonathan has deep experience in the analysis, design and repair of software, web pages, mobile apps, Flash, documentation and hardware for accessibility. With an extensive technical and programming background, many years of experience in the accessibility field, and his own personal experience as a person with a visual impairment, Jonathan brings a valuable and unique perspective to access solutions for new and current technologies. Over the years he has implemented many innovative and creative solutions in the corporate environment, Federal and State government, and for end users with disabilities. Jonathan participates in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines working group and the mobile accessibility task force, blogs on accessibility issues, and has been the subject matter expert on several accessibility training courses created for the US Federal government.

Lainey Feingold

Since 1996, Lainey Feingold, a 1981 graduate of Hastings Law School has had her own law practice in Berkeley, California. Lainey is a disability rights lawyer who works primarily with the blind community on technology and information access issues. She is nationally recognized for negotiating landmark accessibility agreements and for pioneering the collaborative advocacy and dispute resolution method known as Structured Negotiations_ Using this method, and without filing a single lawsuit, Feingold has helped negotiate more than 50 legally binding national settlement agreements on accessible information and technology with some of the largest institutions in the United States, including American Express, Weight Watchers, Bank of America, Wal-Mart, Major League Baseball and CVS. Feingold is a regular presenter at the International Technology and People with Disabilities Conference (CSUN), has taught disability rights classes at Bay Area law schools and has written and spoken extensively on disability rights isues around the country. Detailed information about her practice, Including settlement agreements and press releases: is available on her website at . She is active on Twitter at @LFLegaland is currently writing a book about Structured Negotiations.

Jonathan Campbell

Jonathan Campbell works as an Assistive Technology Specialist for Minnesota State Services for the Blind. He helps low vision and blind Minnesotans stay independent with technology through assessments, technical assistance, and hands-on training. He is also the host of the Access Ninja Podcast at where he and his co-host Rachel Magario discuss assistive technology issues from the perspective of users, developers, and professionals.

Before working for the state Jonathan was an assistive technology specialist and videographer for the PACER Center's Simon Technology Center where he performed technology consultations, workshops, and training programs for professionals and parents of children with disabilities. While with PACER Jonathan shot and produced the entire Assistive Technology in Action and Simply Said video series. Both of these series come up as the top hit on YouTube when you search "Assistive Technology".


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