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Panel Discussion: Accessibility tools in higher education

Date: Thursday, July 13, 2023
Time: 5:00 - 5:45 pm (CDT) (UTC-05:00)
Location: Room 1
Format: Panel Discussion

Session description

Accessibility tools are used across the web to discover, test for, and remediate possible web accessibility issues. Behind the scenes are web professionals and organizations working hard to create these tools and stay on top of the ever fluctuating nature of web development, user experience, and web accessibility guidelines.

Join a panel of professionals who work to build accessibility tools as they discuss accessibility tools and their place in the web industry and higher education.


Blake Bertuccelli-Booth

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Founder of Equalify, an open-source accessibility platform, Blake also leads Decubing, a web consulting firm specializing in managing web accessibility for Tulane University and other Higher Ed organizations. When he is not making the internet more accessible, Blake performs with The Electric Monks, an AI theater group.


  • Panel Discussion: Accessibility tools in higher education

Amber Hinds

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Amber Hinds is the CEO of Equalize Digital, Inc., a Certified B Corp specializing in WordPress accessibility, maker of the Accessibility Checker plugin, lead organizer of the WordPress Accessibility Meetup, and co-lead organizer of the WordPress Accessibility Day conference. Through her work at Equalize Digital, Amber is striving to create a world where all people have equal access to information and tools on the internet, regardless of ability. Since 2010, she has led teams building websites and web applications for nonprofits, K-12 and higher education institutions, government agencies, and businesses of all sizes, and has become a passionate accessibility advocate.


John Jameson

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Digital Accessibility Developer, Princeton University

John leads Princeton University's accessibility testing and remediation efforts, helping ensure the University's designers, developers and writers create sites that are easy to read and easy to adapt to the full range of assistive technologies.

His background in digital publishing has led him towards pushing back against assuming "more training" is always the right structure for an accessibility program: there are so, so many places where changes to editorial tools can make more accessible choices intuitive, self-reinforcing and self correcting. His primary focus towards this in the WordPress world is the author-facing, automatic Editoria11y Accessibility Checker.


  • Panel Discussion: Accessibility tools in higher education

Gavin Colborne

Managing Director, Little Forest

Managing Director at Little Forest - a compliant and inclusive web accessibility software for universities.


  • Panel Discussion: Accessibility tools in higher education

Robin Smail

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Digital User Experience Strategist, Cornell University

As a user experience designer and as a speaker, Robin Smail’s mission is to connect people. Whether advocating for accessibility and universal design, helping to shape conferences and communities of practice, or designing applications, Robin’s goal is to collaborate, motivate, and transform. Robin holds a B.S. in Information Sciences & Technology from Penn State, and is an award-winning speaker and passionate user advocate. She can be found online everywhere misbehaving as Robin2go.


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