I am an author, strategist 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. I have appeared as Wonder Woman in a web comic with the other HTML5 Super Friends and as myself at Ignite Seattle. In 2014, I gave a short keynote at OSCON, “Introvert? Extrovert? Klingon? We’ve got you covered.”
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), 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 Visual Studio Team Services accessible. Previously, I’ve worked on the University of Washington’s AccessComputing project–helping to increase the number of people with disabilities in computing fields; contributed to the development of WebAnywhere–a screen reader on the go; independently consulted for companies including Microsoft, Google, and Adobe to integrate universal design into their products and as a consultant for the American Foundation for the Blind.
My personal mission is to find elegant solutions that empower everyone to participate fully in society. I’m currently focused on tools and processes that make it cheap and easy to make every product and service accessible at the alpha release.