I am an author, activist and project manager. I co-wrote “Universal Design for Web Applications” with Matt May (O’Reilly, 2008) and edited Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 and 2.0–the basis of most web accessibility policies. I have appeared as Wonder Woman in a web comic with the other HTML5 Super Friends and as myself in interviews on Minnesota Public Radio, Puget Sound Public Radio, and at Ignite Seattle. In November 2009, I was the Seattle PI’s Geek of the Week.
I’ve focused on inclusive web design since 1995. Being both a developer (B.S. in Computer Science) and a Human Factors Engineer (M.S. in Industrial Engineering/Human Factors), I bridge communication between developers and designers. As a staff for the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) for 6 years**, I helped synchronize work on the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines with developments in internationalization and mobile design.
As a Senior Strategist at Microsoft, I help make Bing services and apps accessible. Previously, I spent part of my time working for the University of Washington’s AccessComputing project helping to increase the number of people with disabilities in computing fields. As part of that project, I contributed to the development of WebAnywhere–a screen reader on the go. Another portion of my time was spent consulting. I worked with Microsoft, Google, Adobe, and others to integrate universal design into their products and was a Senior Accessibility Consultant for the American Foundation for the Blind.
My personal mission is to find elegant solutions that remove barriers that prevent everyone from participating fully in society. I am an advocate for people with disabilities, people who are injured (especially vets) and people who are aging (i.e., all of us). I want to make inclusion a reality–both online and off.
Photo provided by Matt.
**Fun fact: I worked with Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the web. Here’s a photo of several of the W3C team. I’m in the front row to the far right of the picture, to my right is Steve Bratt (at the time, the CEO of the W3C, now the CEO of the W3C Foundation) and to Steve’s right is Tim.