We have an ethical responsibility to make sure everyone can use what we create. In my work as an Accessibility Lead, I educate and guide my team through the process of building websites that are usable by people with disabilities. Accessibility is easier the earlier you integrate it into your process, and so I represent accessibility needs throughout discovery, design, development, and delivery. I build the knowledge of my team, as well as educating a wide variety of audiences via talks, workshops, podcasts, and writing. I’m a member of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals, from which I received my CPACC certification. I’m also a co-organizer of the Chicago Digital Accessibility and Inclusive Design meetup, one of the largest digital accessibility meetup communities in the world. Beyond my professional skills and certifications, I’m also a person with disabilities.
Looking to learn more about accessibility or have me speak at your organization? Get in touch, and I’ll see how I can help. I’m available for a limited amount of mentoring for junior developers and designers looking to grow their personal accessibility skills.
In addition to my work as a digital accessibility specialist, I’m often found yelling about inclusion of people with disabilities online and in zines, which I guess some people might call activism? I also speak on panels and podcasts about accessibility in tabletop gaming.