Clara 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 http://make.wordpress.org/accessibility
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 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 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.
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, http://webteacher.ws. 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.
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.
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.