I first became interested in web accessibility when I learned about all the issues facing disabled users on the web, and how taking several (often simple) steps can dramatically improve the experience for this audience. Since then, I’ve stayed current with modern web accessibility practices and applied this knowledge across projects wherever feasible.
My first work in accessibility began while I was at Columbus State Community College. There I led the college’s accessibility initiative to comply with Section 508, which included building a site to educate staff and webmasters about accessibility, leading training courses to complement the site and implementing a solution for automatically testing and remediating accessibility issues across the college’s sites.
Following my work at Columbus State, I attended University College London to study towards my M.S. Human Computer Interaction. For my thesis project, I researched the topic of “Accessible and Usable Web Design” by developing a site that met both accessibility and usability guidelines. My research suggested several recommendations for creating sites that were both accessible and usable. Additionally, this study developed a framework for creating accessible and usable sites.
While at LBI, I guided several European clients through the legal and ethical considerations of web accessibility and encouraged practices that comply with a high level of accessibility while still meeting business goals. As an accessibility evangelist within the company, I wrote a whitepaper which built on my graduate research and included a practical case study which mirrored many of my earlier research findings.